Regis (Mass.) Cuts Men's Volleyball Comeback Short, 3-1

Regis (Mass.) Cuts Men's Volleyball Comeback Short, 3-1

THE BASICS 

Score: Regis (Mass.) 3, Emerson 1 (20-25, 12-25, 25-20, 23-25)

Records: Emerson Lions (4-5, 0-1 GNAC); Regis (Mass.) Pride (5-7, 1-0 NECC)

Location: Boston, Mass. (Regan Gymnasium @ Suffolk University)

Date: February 23, 2017

The Lead: The Emerson men's volleyball team had its comeback cut short as the visiting Regis (Mass.) Pride took the 3-1 win over the Lions on Thursday night in non-conference action at Suffolk University's Regan Gymnasium. 

 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS 

  • Sophomore Win Kittivatcharapong (Bangkok, Thailand) paced Emerson with 14 kills, while sophomore Mark Piorkowski (Montclair, N.J.) followed with 13 swings.
  • Freshman Diego Garcia (Honolulu, Hi.) registered a team-best three aces and co-led with sophomore Jacob DiTore (Salem, N.H.) with nine digs apiece. 
  • Freshman John Bucy (McLean, Va.) recorded a team-high three blocks. 
  • Drew Beimel led the visitors with 11 kills, while Joe Hanrahan registered 28 assists and 12 digs, Brett Krahl recorded a team-best three aces and four blocks. 

 

HOW IT HAPPENED 

SET ONE 

  • The score flip flopped through the opening frame and neither Emerson nor Regis led by more than a one point margin. 
  • Emerson broke the 12-all tie to pull ahead by its biggest lead of three at 15-12 before Regis squared the score again at 15-all on an ace by Jon Fuentes. 
  • After a Sean Bisnett kill put the score at 17-all, the Pride strung together the next four points to grab the 21-17 lead. 
  • Emerson answered with the set's next three points to bring the Lions back within one at 21-20 on an ace from Garcia.
  • Regis capped off the 25-20 opening set win after they embarked on a 4-0 run that was capped off by a Lions attack error.

SET TWO

  • After Regis jumped out to the 5-0 lead, the Pride began to distance themselves away from Emerson and gained the 10-point advantage on three occasions. 
  • Emerson earned three points back thanks to a kill and a pair of aces from Kittavatcharapong and cut the margin to eight at 15-7.
  • Regis capped off a 5-0 push on a swing from Hanrahan to balloon their lead to 20-7 and never allowed Emerson to come within more than 12 through the remainder of the set to take the 25-12 win.

SET THREE 

  • Much like the first set, the score remained neck-and-neck as both teams never led by more than two. 
  • After a service error committed by Emerson allowed Regis to square the score 17-all, the Lions took the next three points to earn its biggest lead of the set at 20-17. 
  • Regis pulled back within one two more times before a pair of swings from Kittivatcharapong pushed Emerson back in front by three at 23-20.
  • The Lions closed the book on the third set on a kills by Bucy and Garcia to earn the 25-20 comeback win. 

SET FOUR

  • With the score squared at 9-all, Regis embarked on a 5-0 push to put them ahead five points at 14-9.
  • A trio of attack errors by Regis allowed Emerson to close the gap to three at 17-15. 
  • The Pride held its four point advantage over the Lions at 20-16 before a Regis attack error squared the score at 20-all. 
  • Emerson trailed by no more than two through the closing portions of the fourth frame before a service error gave Regis the 25-23 win. 

 

UP NEXT 

  • Emerson heads off to Dean College on Saturday, February 25 for a 1:00 p.m. matchup. 
  • Regis returns home after a five-match road schedule to play host to Lesley in a rescheduled match on Monday, February 27 at 7:00 p.m. 

 

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