Score: Emerson 3, Newbury 0 (25-14, 25-12, 25-23)
Records: Emerson Lions (4-1, 0-0 GNAC); Newbury Nighthawks (0-3, 0-1 NECC)
Location: Brookline, Mass. (Pappas Gymnasium @ Hellenic College)
Date: February 7, 2017
The Lead: In their second meeting of the 2017 campaign, the Emerson men's volleyball team faced Newbury College on their home court to triumph over the Nighthawks in straight sets behind a nine kill effort by sophomore Mark Piorkowski (Montclair, N.J.) on Tuesday night.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Piorkowski tallied a team-best nine kills to match a pair of aces, one assist, seven digs and one block assist.
- Junior Nick Rusk (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) tallied a match-best 28 assists, while classmate Stig Regan (Kailua, Hi.) served three aces.
- Freshman Carl D'Aguiar (Tujunga, Calif.) recorded 12 digs and freshman John Bucy (McLean, Va.) led the Lions defense with two block assists.
- Joshua Thorne paced Newbury with a team-best nine kills, one assist and 10 digs, while Oscar Chavez recorded 11 assists and Matt Sepe registered six blocks.
- Emerson outhit Newbury with a .227 hit percentage with 4.0 blocks, 40 digs and 10 aces.
- Newbury recorded a.014 hit percentage with 6.0 blocks, 32 digs and one ace.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Though Emerson and Newbury exchanged the lead in the beginning of the opening frame,it was the Lions who struck first and tallied eight of the next nine points to push their lead to 13-5.
- The Lions only allowed the Nighthawks nine more points to finish out the set and snagged the win, 25-14.
- After the Lions tallied five straight points to go up 5-1 in the second stanza, a 10-5 run extended their led to 15-6 on a Nighthawks attack error.
- The Nighthawks remained within seven (17-10) thanks to a pair of kills by Thorne as a Piorkowski kill ignited an 8-1 run to take the 25-12 set victory.
- Like the previous two sets, Emerson gained early control over Newbury and held a 9-5 lead before the Nighthawks creeped back into the third set to square the set 14-all.
- The two teams continued to battle as the score moved to 20-all on a D'Aguiar kill.
- However, it was Emerson who would snap the tie and hold on to the two point 25-23 final stanza win with a 6-3 push that was capped off by a Newbury ball handling error.
- Emerson continue their three-game road series on Thursday, February 9 and head to Dean College at 7:00 p.m.
- Newbury return to the court in search of its first win on Monday, February 13 to host Pine Manor for a 5:00 p.m. contest.
STAY LIVE WITH THE LIONS