Men's Volleyball Notches First GNAC Win To Split Tri-Match Action

Men's Volleyball Notches First GNAC Win To Split Tri-Match Action

THE BASICS 

Match One Score: No. 6 Wentworth 3, Emerson 0 (25-7, 25-14, 25-16)

Match Two Score: Emerson 3, Albertus Magnus 0 (25-11, 25-11, 25-20)

Records: Emerson Lions (7-8, 1-4 GNAC); No. 6 Wentworth Leopards (17-5, 6-0 GNAC); Albertus Magnus Falcons (2-8, 0-5 GNAC)

Location: Boston, Mass. (Tansey Gymnasium @ Wentworth)

Date: March 19, 2017

The Lead: In GNAC (Greater Northeast Athletic Conference) tri-match action, the Emerson men's volleyball team split its matches against No. 6 Wentworth Institute of Technology and Albertus Magnus on Sunday afternoon. In its first match against Wentworth, Emerson was swept in straight sets before the Lions gained a 3-0 sweep over Albertus Magnus in its final match of the day. 

 

MATCH ONE: No. 6 Wentworth 3, Emerson 0 

HOW IT HAPPENED 

SET ONE

  • Wentworth banged out the first five points of the opening frame and later extended its lead to 9-1 on an attack error. 
  • Emerson earned two points back to cut the lead to 9-3 after a kill from sophomore Win Kittivatcharapong (Bangkok, Thailand) and an ace by freshman Diego Garcia (Honolulu, Hi.). 
  • The Leopards pushed their advantage to 14-3 on a 5-0 streak and saw the Lions tack on a pair of scores to put the score at 15-6. 
  • The hosts extended their lead as they tallied the next 10 of 11 points and closed out the 25-7 first set win on a kill by Jake Reed.

SET TWO 

  • The opening of the second frame included three ties until Wentworth broke the 6-all tie and surged as they tacked on the next five of six points to go in front 11-7. 
  • Emerson closed the gap to within a pair at 11-9 on a swing by freshman John Bucy (McLean, Va.) and attack error. 
  • Wentworth followed up with a 6-1 push to balloon its lead to seven at 17-10 after a pair of errors.
  • The Lions answered with the next four of five to bring them within five of the Leopards at 19-14, but the Leopards embarked on a 6-0 streak to grab the 25-14 win.

SET THREE

  • Emerson quickly found themselves down 7-2 to begin the final set after Collin Ritter recorded an ace. 
  • The Lions fired back to come within three two times as they tallied the next six of nine points to cut the margin down to three at 11-8 and again at 12-9. 
  • Wentworth countered for the following five points to put Emerson in a six-point deficit at 16-10. 
  • The closest Emerson would come to within Wentworth was eight as the Leopards closed out the 25-16 win on a Mike Hansen kill.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS 

  • Kittivatcharapong accounted for a match-high 10 kills, while junior Nick Rusk (Fort Lauderdale, Fl.) had 17 helpers and four Lions served one ace and four digs apiece. 
  • Sophomore Mark Piorkowski (Montclair, N.J.) and junior Stig Regan (Kailuha, Hi.) had one block each.
  • Reed led Wentworth with seven kills, while Hansen followed with five kills and two blocks. 
  • Sean Mullen and Alex Potts each served three aces apiece and Ritter recorded 19 assists.

 

MATCH TWO: Emerson 3, Albertus Magnus 0

HOW IT HAPPENED 

SET ONE

  • Emerson opened up the first set hitting a match-high .526 to cruise to a 25-11 win over Albertus Magnus and never looked back. 
  • The Lions lead by as much as seven at 12-5 before the Falcons countered for the next four of five points to close within four at 13-9. 
  • Four is the closest that the Falcons would come as the Lions pieced together a 7-0 push to take a comfortable 11 point advantage at 20-9, capped off by a kill by Kittivatcharapong. 
  • Albertus Magnus were able to add two more points to put the score at 22-11 before Emerson closed out the set with an ace. 

SET TWO

  • The Lions hammered out the first seven points of the second frame to take the 7-0 lead before the Falcons cut the lead to four on a trio of errors. 
  • Emerson ballooned their lead into double digits after the Lions put up the next nine of 11 points to remain in front at 16-5 on a kill from Piorkowski. 
  • With the 16-5 lead, Emerson continued to build onto their lead and did not allow Albertus Magnus to come within more than 12. 
  • Albertus Magnus put up its 11th and final point on an attack error before Emerson capitalized on a pair of errors to take the second frame, 25-11. 

SET THREE

  • After Emerson held a 6-3 edge over Albertus Magnus, the Falcons answered with the next three points to square the score at 6-all. 
  • The match saw the score even up three more times before Albertus Magnus broke the 9-all tie to grab its first lead at 12-10.
  • Emerson responded with the next trio of points to reclaim the 13-12 lead on a kill by Regan until Albertus Magnus grabbed the 16-14 lead on an attack error. 
  • 16-14 is the last lead the Falcons would hold as the Lions strung together the next seven points to give themselves a five point cushion at 21-16. 
  • Emerson held on to the 23-17 lead after a Bucy kill and held their breath as Albertus Magnus added a pair to get the score to 23-19, but the Lions grabbed the win on back-to-back kills by Garcia.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS 

  • Piorkowski recorded a match-best 13 kills on 16 swings (.688) and served five aces. 
  • Rusk had 31 assists as he and sophomore Jacob DiTore (Salem, N.H.) each had nine digs. 
  • A trio of Falcons recorded three kills apiece, while Alijah McGee had nine assists and one ace, Tyler Revans registered six digs and Brian Reyes led the defense with two blocks. 

 

UP NEXT 

  • Emerson heads to Mount Ida on Thursday, March 23 for a 6:00 p.m. GNAC match.
  • Wentworth travels at Lasell on Thursday, March 23 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Albertus Magnus heads to another GNAC tri-match to face Rivier and Lasell at Lasell at 1:00 p.m and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 26. 

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