Score: Emerson 3, Wellesley 2
Records: Emerson Lions (20-7, 6-4 NEWMAC) ; Wellesley Blue (22-5, 9-1 NEWMAC)
Location: Wellesley, Mass.
Date: November 7, 2019
The Lead: The Emerson Women's Volleyball team staved off match point in the fourth set to defeat the No. 2 seed Wellesley Blue 3-2 in five sets in the NEWMAC Semifinals. Logan Steenbergen (Glenview, Ill.) led the Lions with 13 kills and six blocks. The Lions will take part in the NEWMAC Championship for the first time in program history when they travel to Babson College to take on the No. 1 seeded Beavers on Saturday, November 9th at 2:00pm.
- Emerson joined the NEWMAC conference in 2013, and reaches it's first Women's Volleyball Championship game in that timeframe. The Lions are first time aprticipants in the NEWMAC playoffs this year, and have won both of their previous postseason games.
TEPPER REACHES MILESTONE
- In the semifinal victory, junior Grace Teepper (Kensington, Md.) earned the 1000th kill of her career. She finished with 19 kills and currently sits at 1015 for her career at Emerson.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Grace Tepper - 19 Kills, 10 Digs
Albany Alexander - 14 Kills, 3 Blocks
Logan Steenbergen - 13 KIlls, 5 Blocks
Caroline Bond - 52 Assists, 20 Digs, 6 Blocks
Lauren Gedney - 19 Kills, 2 Blocks
Izzy Seebold - 55 Assists, 8 Digs
Nikki Jensen - 14 Kills, 19 Digs
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The first set opened up going back and forth, with the Linos fighting against a small lead consistently. The Lions trailed by as many as four, but cut the lead to one at 13-12. Wellesley scored the next two points, forcing Emerson into using their first timeout of the set., trailing 15-12. After the timeout, Emerson rallied off 6 of 8 points to take an 18-17 lead and forcing the Blue into a timeout. Wellesley came out of the timeout and took five of six points, but the Lions came right back and knotted the score at 23 all behind two kills from Tepper. The score went tied to 24 before two straight points by the Blue gave Wellesley the win in the first set, 26-24.
- Emerson came out firing in the second set, opening up on a 6-1 run behind two kills from Steenbergen. Wellesley called a timeout and went on a 7-2 run of their own to knot the game at 8, with Emerson calling their first timeout. The teams traded points before the Lions fell behind two at 19-17. An Emerson timeout and the Lions score three of the next four points to knot the score at 20. Wellesley took a small 23-22 lead before calling their last timeout of the set. The teams traded two points out of the timeout before a Wellesley block gave them the victory at 25-23 and the Blue took a 2-0 lead.
- The Lions fell behind early int he third set 7-4, before a 4-1 run knotted the score at 8 a piece after 16 points. Wellesley took the next three points and the Lions called their first timeout trailing 11-8. Emerson went on a 4-1 run out of the timeout to take a 12-11 lead. The teams traded points, with Wellesley building a small lead at 19-17. Emerson went on a 3-1 run to tie the game at 20, with Wellesley calling their first timeout. Out of the timeout, Emerson took three of four points to take a 23-21 lead bringing Wellesley to use their second timeout. Wellesley scored four straight points to bring it to match point, but the Lions rallied to take the set 28-26.
- In the fourth set, the teams did not build a lead on either side of more than three points. Emerson opened up their biggest lead at 7-4, but held a two-point lead later in the set at 22-20. The Lions Emerson scored three of the next six points to take the set at 23-20, closing it out on a kill by Steenbergen.
- In the shortened fifth set, the Lions and Blue split the first four points and were knotted at four. The Lions took five of the next six points to take a commanding 9-5 lead. Emerson didn't let their lead get below four for the remaining points of the set, and held a five point lead at 13-8. The Teams traded the last four points, and Emerson took the victory 15-10 in the final set, marking the 3-2 semifinal victory for Emerson.
- The Lions will take part in the NEWMAC Championship on Saturday afternoon for the first time in program history. They will travel to take on the No.1 seed Babson Beavers at 2:00pm. The Lions are the only team to defeat Babson this year, doing so 3-1.