BOSTON, Mass. - Freshman Bella Edwards (Palisades, Calif.) racked up a pair of double-doubles for a two-match total of 31 kills and 24 digs to help power the Emerson women's volleyball team snag a pair of victories over Plymouth State and Simmons on Saturday afternoon at Moore Gymnasium.. The Lions squeaked past Simmons, 3-2 and swept Simmons, 3-0.
The two wins bumped Emerson up to 13-5, while Plymouth State fell to 9-7 and Simmons dropped to 4-8.
MATCH ONE: Emerson 3, Simmons 2
For the first two sets of the match, Emerson found themselves playing from behind as Simmons quickly grabbed back-to-back wins to go up 2-0 on the Lions. Simmons outhit Emerson .343 to .147 in the first set and .216 to .154 in the second and seemed as though they were on their way to a sweep, but the Lions had different plans.
Emerson opened the third set down 8-2 and put up 10 points to square the match 12-all on a kill from senior Jules Augustine (Skaneateles, N.Y.). After the match was evened at 12-all, four more lead changes occurred. Simmons grabbed the short-lived 19-18 lead only to watch Emerson once again even the match at 19 and take the 20-19 lead. A trio of Emerson kills were included in a 5-2 run that pushed the Lions to the 25-21 win.
Much like the third set, the fourth frame saw the score never differentiate more than two points between the two teams. The Sharks gained its biggest lead of four at 23-19 on a 5-1 run that included a pair of kills from freshman Morgan Weeg (Goodyear, Ariz.). 23 is all the Sharks would tally for the Lions registered six consecutive points take the 25-23 win and force a fifth set. The score flip-flopped in the fifth and final set, but at match-high .423 kill percentage and late 5-2 run by Emerson that allowed them to sneak past Simmons to tally the 16-14 triumph and 3-2 match one victory.
Edwards registered a double-double of 17 kills and 13 digs and had two blocks. Augustine had 13 kills, seven digs and a team-high five blocks and freshman Lily Marella (Portland, Ore.) had 10 kills with two blocks. Sophomore Moira Brennan (Glenview, Ill.) had 44 helpers, while classmate Fara Cohen (Morristown, N.J.) racked up three aces, 11 digs and seven kills. Senior Jessica Hamilton (Los Angeles, Calif.) registered 13 digs and senior Amanda Linzmeyer (Huntington Beach, Calif.) recorded 12 digs.
Weeg had a team-high 29 kills for Simmons, along with two aces and 12 digs. Senior Alex Itasaka (Bradford, Mass.) recorded 31 digs, while freshman Kenna McCarthy (Shelter Island, N.Y.) had 47 helpers. Senior Kate Guillote (New Bedford, Mass.) and junior Amber Peterson (Las Vegas, Nev.) each recorded two digs. Guillote also recorded 10 kills, 14 digs and a block.
MATCH TWO: Emerson 3, Plymouth State 0
Plymouth State took the first lead of the set at 7-4 on a service ace, but watched Emerson tally a 5-0 streak to put the Lions up 9-6 that included a pair of kills from both Edwards and Augustine. The Panthers squared the match 9-all on a Lions attack error, yet the Lions pulled ahead at 13-9 on a kill from Edwards. Once Emerson grabbed the 13-9 lead, the Lions never looked back and grabbed a nine point cushion at 24-15 before the Sharks put three late points up to get within six at 24-18. The Panthers little run was too late for a swing by Edwards gave the Lions the 25-18 win.
The Panthers took the lead again to begin the second frame at 8-0 before the Lions made its way onto the board thanks to a pair of Panthers errors. Plymouth State held the lead over Emerson for most of the second set until the Lions put up streaks of four and three points to square the set at 19-all. With the set evened up, four lead changes occurred before Emerson took the 25-21 win.
Much like the first two sets, Plymouth State started off with promise and gained the 4-2 lead over Emerson, but again, it was short lived. Emerson went up 7-5 and saw Plymouth State come within one, but that was the closest the Panthers would come for the remainder of the set. A late 4-0 run by Emerson gave them a match-high 11 point lead over Plymouth State at 24-13 with a kill from the hands of Augustine to lock up the 25-14 third frame.
Edwards and Augustine racked up double digits in kills - Edwards with 14 and Augustine with 11. Edwards also tallied an ace and 11 digs. Brennan had 30 helpers, while Hamilton had 10 digs. Cohen recorded two aces, four kills and nine digs.
Junior Claire Sporer (Medford, Ore.) registered team-high four aces, while senior Mikki Taffe (Sandown, N.H.) led the Panthers with 10 kills and junior Brenna Peruch (Cave Creek, Ariz). tallied 16 digs.
Both Emerson and Plymouth State return to the court on Tuesday. The Lions continue road action as they travel to Wheaton (Mass.) for a 7:00 p.m. match, while the Panthers host Southern Maine at 6:00 p.m. Simmons returns to action on Wednesday at Lasell at 5:00 p.m.