Scoreboard: Emerson 3, Newbury 0 | Brookline, Mass. | February 6, 2018
Emerson 3, Eastern Nazarene 0 | Quincy, Mass. | February 8, 2018
Schedule: Tuesday, February 13 vs. Endicott, Boston, Mass., 7:00 p.m. | Live Stats
Saturday, February 17 vs. John Jay, Boston, Mass., 11:00 a.m. | Live Stats
Saturday February 17 vs. Newbury, Boston, Mass., 3:00 p.m. | Live Stats
BOSTON - The Emerson men's volleyball team are off to a fast start, winning its last three consecutive matches, and look to stay in the win column with a week full of three matches. The Lions will begin the week tomorrow night with a non-conference match against Endicott at 7:00 p.m.. Then on Saturday, the Purple will host its second tri-match of the season and welcome John Jay College and Newbury College for tilts at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
STAYING IN THE WIN COLUMN
- Ever since a 3-0 loss to No. 15 MIT back on February 3, Emerson has been the winners of its last nine consecutive sets and moved its record to 4-1 through the first five matches of 2018.
- A combined 22 swings from junior Mark Piorkowski (Montclair, N.J.) and senior Nick Rusk (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) led Emerson to a sweep over Newbury to start off the week, taking down the Nighthawks by the scores 25-19, 25-20 and 25-15 last Tuesday.
- Then on Thursday, the Lions notched its third straight win in as it topped Eastern Nazarene 25-15 in all three sets with help from Piorkowski's 14 kills and junior Win Kittivatcharapong's (Bangkok, Thailand) 10 kills.
EMERSON IN THE GNAC
- Through five matches, Emerson has racked up a GNAC leading .275 hitting percentage to go along with 11.50 kills per set, 10.73 assists, 1.13 blocks, 2.53 aces and 10.33 digs per set.
- The Lions have several players ranking within the top-10 of their respective offensive or defensive GNAC categories, including Piorkowski, Kittivatcharapong, Rusk, freshman Marcus Cepeda (Sacramento, Calif.) and sophomore Carl D'Aguiar (Tujunga, Calif.).
- Piorkowski sits atop the GNAC with 3.07 kills per set and .86 aces per set and ranks ninth with a hitting percentage of .265.
- Kittivatcharapong leads the GNAC with a .493 hitting percentage and follows Piorkowski in fifth with 2.86 kills per set and is tied for eighth with .36 aces a set.
- Rusk serves a GNAC second best .62 aces per set and ranks sixth with a .289 hitting percentage, while D'Aguiar averages .240 digs per set (2nd) and Cepeda has racked up a GNAC second best 8.15 assists.
CEPEDA, KITTIVATCHARAPONG & D'AGUIAR LOCK UP GNAC ACCOLADES
- For the second week in a row, the Greater Northeast Atlantic Conference (GNAC) has named Cepeda as the Corvias Rookie of the Week for competition ending on February 11.
- In the Lions 2-0 week, Cepeda put up a total of 62 assists with a new season-high 36 helpers in a straight set sweep over Newbury last Tuesday and averaged 12.40 assists through two matches.
- Kittivatcharapong and D'Aguiar also placed on the GNAC's Weekly Honor Roll.
- Kittivatcharapong placed on the weekly honor roll for the second week in a row after averaging 3.17 kills per set on a .615 hitting percentage.
- After being named the Defensive Player of the Week last week, D'Aguiar earned a spot on the weekly honor roll after he racked up 3.67 digs in the Lions 2-0 week with 11 digs apiece in both wins.
SCOUTING THE GULLS
- Endicott, the reigning 2017 NECC champions, come to Boston on Tuesday night holding an 8-1 overall record and are coming off a 3-0 sweep over Lasell last Thursday.
- Through nine matches, Endicott averages 13.13 swings a set, along with a .271 hitting percentage, 12.00 assists, 2.33 blocks, 1.56 aces and 11.81 blocks.
- Leading the Gulls on the stat sheet is Bryn Lipton, who averages 3.62 kills a set with 94 total kills, while Ryan Healy has recorded 2.94 digs and Gabe Felicetti has racked up a .487 hitting percentage.
- On the defensive end, Seth Braquet leads the Gulls with .96 blocks, Troy Riorden serves .58 aces and Adam Drake registers 5.96 assists.
- The last meeting between Emerson and Endicott came back on January 26, 2016 where it took five sets for the Lions to top the Gulls, 3-2.
SCOUTING THE BLOODHOUNDS
- John Jay comes to Emerson on Saturday posting an overall record of 4-2 and are coming off a tri-match split last Sunday against St. Joseph's College and College of Staten Island.
- The Bloodhounds have racked up a .252 hitting percentage within six matches with an average of 11.10 kills a set, 9.80 assists, 2.70 aces, 8.90 digs and 1.40 blocks.
- Krystian Surdel and Christopher Rincon pace the Bloodhounds on the stat sheet with Surdel putting up 3.37 kills and .84 aces a set and Rincon racking up a .500 hitting percentage and 8.26 assists.
- Godwin Sequeria and Dylan Senkiw lead John Jay defensively as Sequeria records 2.11 digs and Senkiw average .82 blocks.
SCOUTING THE NIGHTHAWKS
- Newbury comes to Brown & Plofker on Saturday with an overall record of 1-5.
- This will be the second meeting within the last week between Emerson and Newbury as the Lions cruised past the Nighthawks last Tuesday night in straight sets.
- Before facing Emerson, Newbury will meet Mount Ida on Wednesday.
- The Nighthawks have posted a .028 hitting percentage through six matches to go along with 6.28 kills, 5.67 assists, .78 blocks, 2.17 aces and 6.17 digs per set.
- Rory Dobbins anchors the Nighthawks in two categories, including hitting percentage at .96 and .39 blocks per set.
- Jeremias Soto registers 5.17 assists, while Trevor Thorne serves .78 aces and Oscar Chavez records 1.56 digs.
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