Match One Score: Wentworth 3, Emerson 0
Match Two Score: Emmanuel (Mass.) 3, Emerson 0
Records: Emerson Lions (10-10 / 2-8 GNAC) ; Wentworth Leopards (17-9 / 10-2 GNAC) ; Emmanuel (Mass.) Saints (18-11 / 7-4 GNAC)
Location: Boston, Mass. (Brown & Plofker Gym)
Date: Saturday, March 30, 2019
The Lead: In its final weekend GNAC slate of the 2019 season, the Emerson men's volleyball shouldered a pair of setbacks to both Wentworth and Emmanuel (Mass.) on Saturday afternoon. Prior to the day's second contest, head coach Ben Read recognized his three seniors - Mark Piorkowski (Montclair, N.J., Jacob DiTore (Salem, N.H.) and Win Kittivatcharapong (Bangkok, Thailand) - for their hard work and commitment to the men's volleyball program throughout their collegiate careers.
MATCH ONE: Wentworth 3, Emerson 0
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Piorkowski paced both sides with 15 swings alongside seven digs followed by 22 assists from junior Lucas Raagas (Cambridge, Mass.).
- Sophomore Samuel Willinger (Golden Beach, Fla.) sent down three blocks (two solo, one assist) and sophomore Matt Connolly (Haverhill, Mass.) served up a pair of aces.
- Xhuljo Zyba and Ryan Engel each recorded 10+ kills with Zyba leading with 11 and Engel with 10, respectively.
- Augusto Rodriguez-Guerrios handed out a match-high 31 assists and three blocks and Peter Klembczyk tallied nine digs.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Wentworth banged out a 5-0 run to begin the first set before a kill by Willinger put Emerson at the board (5-1).
- The Lions surrendered the next six of seven points and faced a nine point deficit after a kill from Rodriguez-Guerrios (11-2) before tallying its next pair of points on back to back Leopards errors (11-4).
- Wentworth strung three points together to extend its lead over Emerson to double figures as the Lions continued to pull back within single digits on three occasions, but the Leopards put up the set's final eight of 10 points to take the first set 25-10.
- The score locked at 5-5 to start off the second frame until Wentworth rattled off a 10-1 spurt to pull ahead, 15-6, and maintained a steady lead of no more than nine.
- Down nine, Emerson earned the next three points back to close within six (20-14) on a 3-0 run, but Wentworth tacked on the last five points for the 25-14 second set win.
- In the third stanza, Emerson was able to keep steady pace with Wentworth and saw its biggest deficit come at five (16-11) after committing an attack error, but battled back used three consecutive Leopards mishaps to inch back within two (16-14).
- The Leopards were able to push its lead back up to four on kills from Drew Potter and Ian Carlson (19-15) only to see the Lions use a Willinger kill, attack error and ace to creep back (19-18).
- Emerson continued to keep Wentworth on its toes and stayed within one three more times before the Leopards registered the final three of four points to close the third at 25-22.
MATCH TWO: Emmanuel (Mass.) 3, Emerson 0
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Piorkowski led Emerson with 10 kills alongside a pair of aces and eight digs and Raagas dished out 11 assists.
- Willinger and Piorkowski each powered out three blocks with Connolly and Kittivatcharapong each sending down two blocks apiece.
- Erik English racked up 11 kills for Emmanuel followed by a match-high 28 assists from Seamus McDonagh.
- John Carroll registered four blocks (one solo and three assists) while Tyler Beshman racked up 10 digs.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Locked at 5-5 to begin the opening frame, Emmanuel broke the scoreless stanza and set off on a 7-2 streak to extend its lead to five over the Lions (12-7).
- Emerson closed the gap at five, the closest it would come to Emmanuel, midway through the opening set at 15-10 before the Saints wrapped the 25-15 win on a 5-1 streak.
- The visiting Saints tacked on the second set's first six consecutive points before Emerson was able to get its first point on the board with a swing by Willinger (6-1).
- Emerson trailed Emmanuel by seven (9-2) and jumped back within four through its next several possessions until the Saints bumped its advantage up to nine at 20-12, eventually taking the second frame by the score 25-16.
- After the Saints took a 6-3 lead in the beginning of the third, Emerson used two attack errors and a Piorkowski ace to even the score at 6-6.
- The Lions locked up the score twice more, once at 9-9 and again at 10-10, until they were held at 10 while the Saints tacked on six points for the 16-10 lead.
- A pair of kills from Piorkowski got Emerson up to 12 as the home team trailed by six (18-12) only to see Emmanuel answer with another streak to push its lead up to nine (21-12).
- Willinger registered one last kill for the Lions as the Saints took the 25-14 win after they tallied the set's final three points.
Emerson gets back onto the court next Tuesday, April 2 with a GNAC slate over at Regis (Mass.) at 7:00 p.m.
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