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Men's Volleyball Drops Pair of GNAC Matches at Emmanuel (Mass.)

Men's Volleyball Drops Pair of GNAC Matches at Emmanuel (Mass.)


Score: Emmanuel 3, Emerson 1 (22-25, 25-12, 25-19, 25-22) Wentworth 3, Emerson 0 (25-13, 25-13, 25-18)

Records: Emerson Lions (9-4, 2-3 GNAC), Emmanuel Saints (7-10, 2-2 GNAC), Wentworth Leopards (18-8, 8-1 GNAC)

Location: Boston, Mass. (Andy Yosinoff Court) 

Date: Saturday, March 17th 

The Lead: The Emerson men's volleyball team dropped two GNAC matches to the Saints of Emmanuel College and the Leopards of Wentworth.




  • Junior Mark Piorkowski (Montclair, N.J.) led all Lions with 13 kills in the match. Nick Rusk was close behind with 11 kills and Win Kittivatcharapong (Bangkok, Thailand)  had 10 kills with a .438 hitting percentage.
  • Lucas Raagas (Cambridge, Mass.) assisted on 24 of the Lions 46 kills in the match.
  • Defensively, Co-captain Stig Regan (Kailua, HI) had two solo blocks and on block assist with Jacob DiTore had 13 digs to lead the team.


SET ONE (Emerson 25, Emmanuel 22) 

  • In the first frame, the Lions jumped out to an early lead and were able to extend it to five point at 8-3 after a Diego Garcia (Honolulu, HI) service ace.
  • The Saints roared back, eventually tying and taking the lead at 19-16.
  • The Lions continued to fight, grabbing three straight points, tying the score at 19.
  • The Lions and Saints traded points until the Lions pulled away and were able to win the set at 25-22.

SET TWO (Emerson 25, Regis (Mass.) 18)

  • The Lions and Saints were trading points for the first sixteen, until the Saints started to pull away.
  • When the score was 8-7 in favor of the saints, they went on a six point run to double Emerson's point total and extend their lead to 14-7.
  • Emerson was able to grab a few points, but were unable to make a dent in the Saints' lead, ending with a 25-12 victory for the Saints in the second set.

SET THREE (Emmanuel 25, Emerson 19)

  • The Lions grabbed the first point of the set on an attack error, and held a 2-1 lead after a Mark Piorkowski kill.
  • The Lions and Saints continued to trade points, until the Saints hit a streak of five after the score was knotted at 11, to extend the lead to 16-11.
  • The Lions were unable to make a big dent in the Saints lead, and saw themselves in a 21-15 hole. 
  • The Lions and Saints split the next eight points, ending the set at 25-19 in favor of the Saints.

SET FOUR (Emmanuel 25, Emerson 22)

  • Samuel Willinger (Golden Beach, Fla.) started off the set with a kill for the Lions, but it was the only lead they would have.
  • The Lions and Saints traded points until the Saints were able to pull away and extend their lead to five at 10-5.
  • The Lions and Saints continued to battle, with the Lions closing the gap to 2 at 17-15 on an attack error by John Carroll of Emmanuel.
  • After an Emmanuel timeout, they were able to settle down and win nine of the eight of the next thirteen points to win the set at 25-22.

MATCH TWO (Wentworth 3, Emerson 0)


  • Freshman Samuel Willinger led the Lions with four kills in the match.
  • Freshman Marcus Cepeda  (Sacramento, Calif.) assisted on 10 of 17 kills for the Lions. 
  • Colin Ritter led the Leopards with eight kills on twelve attack, good for a .583 hitting percentage.

SET ONE (Wentworth 5, Emerson 12)

  • The Leopards dominated the set from start to finish, jumping out to a big 11-4 lead to open the match.
  • The Lions continues to fight, but were unable to stop the Leopards.
  • After falling behind 17-6, the Lions made a late push and won five of eight points, to cut the lead to 20-11.
  • The Leopards then won five of eight points to win the first set, 25-13.

SET TWO (Wentworth 25, Emerson 13)

  • The Lions suffered the same fate in the second set, but fought to keep the game close any chance they had.
  • The Lions fell behind 4-0, but fought back to cut the lead to three at 7-4.
  • Wentworth continued their hot streak and went on a 7-3 run to open up the lead at 14-7.
  • After taking two points back, the Lions dropped five of six and the Leopards opened up a 19-10 lead.
  • Emerson was unable to overcome the deficit, and lost 25-13.

SET THREE (Wentworth 25, Emerson 18)

  • In the third set, the Lions and Leopards traded points to open the set and found themselves knotted at six a piece.
  • Wentworth won five of the next six points to open up an 11-7 lead.
  • Emerson roared back and cut the deficit to two at 13-11.
  • The Leopards jumped out to a 22-15 lead, shushing the Lions' hopes of a comeback.
  • The Lions won three more points but were unable to win the match, and fell at 25-18.


  • Emerson will look to rebounds as they travel to take on the Raiders of Rivier University on Tuesday night at 7:00pm.
  • Wentworth has a week off before they take on Regis (Mass.) at 1:00pm on Saturday, March 24th in a GNAC battle.