Score: Johnson & Wales 3, Emerson 0
Records: Emerson Lions (10-12 / 2-10 GNAC) ; Johnson & Wales (RI) Wildcats (16-9 / 9-2 GNAC)
Location: Boston, Mass. (Brown & Plofker Gym)
Date: Thursday, April 4, 2019
The Lead: Senior Mark Piorkowski (Montclair, N.J.) and sophomore Samuel Willinger (Golden Beach, Fla.) notched double figures in the kills column for the Emerson men's volleyball team, but the Lions were upended in a 3-0 loss to the Johnson & Wales (RI) Wildcats in its final home game of the 2019 season on Thursday night.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Piorkowski registered a match-high 13 kills and five digs followed by an additional 10 from Willinger and 27 assists from junior Lucas Raagas (Cambridge, Mass.).
- Freshman Jonah Higaonna (Okinawa, Japan) served up two aces at the line with senior Win Kittivatcharapong (Bangkok, Thailand) sending down two blocks.
- Jack Pincince matched Piorkowski with 13 kills for Johnson & Wales and also had three blocks as Sanjae Holloway also contributed 10 kills.
- Cameron Ponce handed out a match-best 32 assists to go alongside his nine digs while three Wildcats had two blocks apiece.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Johnson & Wales knocked down the opening frame's first three points and carried a three-point lead over Emerson at 7-4 before the Lions tallied back-to-back points to put the score at 7-6.
- The Wildcats used a quick 3-0 spurt consisting of two kills by Josh Pitzer and one by Pincince to pull ahead by four (10-6) as the Lions then trailed by five through the midway point of the set at 17-12.
- Emerson then saw its deficit increase to seven on yet another three-point streak by Johnson & Wales (20-13) and were able to tally two more points before the Wildcats grabbed the 25-15 first set win.
- Two points separated Emerson and Johnson & Wales to begin the second set until the Wildcats broke away on a 5-0 run to push their lead up to seven (12-5).
- Three miscues by the Wildcats allowed the Lions to inch back within five (15-10), but the visitors were able to break away once again into a double figure lead and hold on for the second frame win (25-13).
- With an 8-8 score in the third set, Emerson grabbed its biggest lead of the match behind a 4-1 spurt (12-9) and maintained a lead of at least two in all the way through the middle of the frame.
- After holding a steady lead throughout the set, the Lions surrendered its three point advantage and allowed the Wildcats to knot the score twice, once at 19-all and again at 20-all.
- Johnson & Wales jumped in front with the go-ahead point on a kill from Keiron Jeremiah (21-20) and extended its margin to two (23-21) with Emerson able to tack on another point on Willinger's kill (23-22).
- Swings by Donovan Kelley and Holloway allowed the Wildcats to secure the match point and the 25-22 third frame win.
Emerson closes out its 2019 schedule out on the road in GNAC tri-match action up at Rivier and will also face Colby-Sawyer starting at 11 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 6.
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