Match One Score: No. 6 Wentworth 3, Emerson 0 (25-7, 25-14, 25-16)
Match Two Score: Emerson 3, Albertus Magnus 0 (25-11, 25-11, 25-20)
Records: Emerson Lions (7-8, 1-4 GNAC); No. 6 Wentworth Leopards (17-5, 6-0 GNAC); Albertus Magnus Falcons (2-8, 0-5 GNAC)
Location: Boston, Mass. (Tansey Gymnasium @ Wentworth)
Date: March 19, 2017
The Lead: In GNAC (Greater Northeast Athletic Conference) tri-match action, the Emerson men's volleyball team split its matches against No. 6 Wentworth Institute of Technology and Albertus Magnus on Sunday afternoon. In its first match against Wentworth, Emerson was swept in straight sets before the Lions gained a 3-0 sweep over Albertus Magnus in its final match of the day.
MATCH ONE: No. 6 Wentworth 3, Emerson 0
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Wentworth banged out the first five points of the opening frame and later extended its lead to 9-1 on an attack error.
- Emerson earned two points back to cut the lead to 9-3 after a kill from sophomore Win Kittivatcharapong (Bangkok, Thailand) and an ace by freshman Diego Garcia (Honolulu, Hi.).
- The Leopards pushed their advantage to 14-3 on a 5-0 streak and saw the Lions tack on a pair of scores to put the score at 15-6.
- The hosts extended their lead as they tallied the next 10 of 11 points and closed out the 25-7 first set win on a kill by Jake Reed.
- The opening of the second frame included three ties until Wentworth broke the 6-all tie and surged as they tacked on the next five of six points to go in front 11-7.
- Emerson closed the gap to within a pair at 11-9 on a swing by freshman John Bucy (McLean, Va.) and attack error.
- Wentworth followed up with a 6-1 push to balloon its lead to seven at 17-10 after a pair of errors.
- The Lions answered with the next four of five to bring them within five of the Leopards at 19-14, but the Leopards embarked on a 6-0 streak to grab the 25-14 win.
- Emerson quickly found themselves down 7-2 to begin the final set after Collin Ritter recorded an ace.
- The Lions fired back to come within three two times as they tallied the next six of nine points to cut the margin down to three at 11-8 and again at 12-9.
- Wentworth countered for the following five points to put Emerson in a six-point deficit at 16-10.
- The closest Emerson would come to within Wentworth was eight as the Leopards closed out the 25-16 win on a Mike Hansen kill.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Kittivatcharapong accounted for a match-high 10 kills, while junior Nick Rusk (Fort Lauderdale, Fl.) had 17 helpers and four Lions served one ace and four digs apiece.
- Sophomore Mark Piorkowski (Montclair, N.J.) and junior Stig Regan (Kailuha, Hi.) had one block each.
- Reed led Wentworth with seven kills, while Hansen followed with five kills and two blocks.
- Sean Mullen and Alex Potts each served three aces apiece and Ritter recorded 19 assists.
MATCH TWO: Emerson 3, Albertus Magnus 0
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Emerson opened up the first set hitting a match-high .526 to cruise to a 25-11 win over Albertus Magnus and never looked back.
- The Lions lead by as much as seven at 12-5 before the Falcons countered for the next four of five points to close within four at 13-9.
- Four is the closest that the Falcons would come as the Lions pieced together a 7-0 push to take a comfortable 11 point advantage at 20-9, capped off by a kill by Kittivatcharapong.
- Albertus Magnus were able to add two more points to put the score at 22-11 before Emerson closed out the set with an ace.
- The Lions hammered out the first seven points of the second frame to take the 7-0 lead before the Falcons cut the lead to four on a trio of errors.
- Emerson ballooned their lead into double digits after the Lions put up the next nine of 11 points to remain in front at 16-5 on a kill from Piorkowski.
- With the 16-5 lead, Emerson continued to build onto their lead and did not allow Albertus Magnus to come within more than 12.
- Albertus Magnus put up its 11th and final point on an attack error before Emerson capitalized on a pair of errors to take the second frame, 25-11.
- After Emerson held a 6-3 edge over Albertus Magnus, the Falcons answered with the next three points to square the score at 6-all.
- The match saw the score even up three more times before Albertus Magnus broke the 9-all tie to grab its first lead at 12-10.
- Emerson responded with the next trio of points to reclaim the 13-12 lead on a kill by Regan until Albertus Magnus grabbed the 16-14 lead on an attack error.
- 16-14 is the last lead the Falcons would hold as the Lions strung together the next seven points to give themselves a five point cushion at 21-16.
- Emerson held on to the 23-17 lead after a Bucy kill and held their breath as Albertus Magnus added a pair to get the score to 23-19, but the Lions grabbed the win on back-to-back kills by Garcia.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Piorkowski recorded a match-best 13 kills on 16 swings (.688) and served five aces.
- Rusk had 31 assists as he and sophomore Jacob DiTore (Salem, N.H.) each had nine digs.
- A trio of Falcons recorded three kills apiece, while Alijah McGee had nine assists and one ace, Tyler Revans registered six digs and Brian Reyes led the defense with two blocks.
- Emerson heads to Mount Ida on Thursday, March 23 for a 6:00 p.m. GNAC match.
- Wentworth travels at Lasell on Thursday, March 23 at 7:00 p.m.
- Albertus Magnus heads to another GNAC tri-match to face Rivier and Lasell at Lasell at 1:00 p.m and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 26.
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