Match One Score: No. 15 MIT 3, Emerson 0 (25-19, 25-13, 25-8)
Match Two Score: Emerson 3, Southern Vermont 0 (25-10, 25-9, 25-12)
Records: Emerson Lions (1-1) ; No. 15 MIT Engineers (4-0) ; Southern Vermont Mountaineers (0-3)
Location: Boston, Mass. (Brown & Plofker Gym)
Date: Saturday, February 3, 2018
The Lead: In its first tri-match of the 2018 season, the Emerson men's volleyball game took a 1-1 split in a pair of matches against the No. 15 MIT Engineers and Southern Vermont Mountaineers. Emerson started the day off with a 3-0 setback to the Engineers before topping the Mountaineers by the same score to close off the day.
MATCH ONE - MIT 3, Emerson 0
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Junior Win Kittivatcharapong (Bangkok, Thailand) paced Emerson with seven kills, while freshman Marcus Cepeda (Sacramento, Calif.) had 15 helpers.
- Both Kittivatcharapong and sophomore Diego Garcia (Honolulu, Hi.) each had seven digs.
- Senior Stig Regan (Kailua, Hi.) and freshman Samuel Willinger (Golden Beach, Fl.) anchored the defensive end with two blocks each.
- For MIT, Tavish Smith paced the Engineers with 12 kills on 25 attempts and Yize Dong had 25 assists to go along with a team-leading eight digs and three blocks.
- Three Engineers had served one ace each with Andrew Hall also putting up three blocks.
HOW IT HAPPENED
SET ONE (MIT 25, Emerson 19)
- Both MIT and Emerson stayed evenly matched through the opening of the first frame and kept the exchanging points back-and-forth with the score margin never exceeding one.
- MIT took the set's first lead of two before and later stretched its lead up to four on two occasions, the first time coming at 18-14.
- Emerson battled back to come back within one at 18-17 on an MIT error before the visitors once again bumped their advantage up to four two more times at 21-17.
- After finding themselves in a five-point deficit at 23-18, Emerson were able only able to put one more point on the board on a kill from Regan before MIT wrapped up the win on back-to-back Lions errors.
SET TWO (MIT 25, Emerson 13)
- Much like the beginning of the first stanza, both the Lions and Engineers played an even game on with the score differential not going above one before the visitors jumped out to its first big lead of four (10-6) on a Lions attack error.
- MIT continued to keep a steady four point lead over Emerson before the Engineers pushed its lead to five (13-8).
- The Engineers gained its biggest lead of nine (21-12) and bumped its lead up to 10 (23-13) before taking the second set on an attack error by the hosts.
SET THREE (MIT 25, Emerson 8)
- MIT claimed the set's first substantial lead at six with the score at 11-5
- Emerson found themselves in a 10 point hole at 15-5 and only tacked on three more points through the remainder of the third frame as MIT grabbed the sweep in a 25-8 win.
MATCH TWO - Emerson 3, Southern Vermont 0
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Kittivatcharapong paced the Lions with six swings on seven attacks as Cepeda recorded 14 helpers and junior Mark Piorkowski (Montclair, N.J.) served an overall match high seven aces.
- Sophomore Carl D'Aguiar (Tujunga, Calif.) had a team-best 12 digs and freshman Joris Pijpers (Leidschendamn, Netherlands) recorded the only block for Emerson.
- Adrian Dickerson led Southern Vermont with four kills and an ace, Isaiah Backels recorded four assists and Te Howard served an ace with a team-high three digs.
- Both Howard and Hans Resignac each recorded two block assists while Backels had one solo block.
HOW IT HAPPENED
SET ONE (Emerson 25, Southern Vermont 10)
- Emerson racked up a match-best .556 hitting percentage on 13 kills and three errors to grab an opening 25-10 first set win.
- Southern Vermont kept pace with Emerson through the opening portion of the first set with the Lions holding the Mountaineers to within a pair at 6-4 before breaking out on a 7-2 spurt to take the seven point lead (13-6).
- A 6-0 run by the Lions highlighted by kills from sophomore Diego Garcia (Honolulu, Hi.), senior Stig Regan (Kailua, Hi.) and Piorkowski helped push the hosts' lead into double figures at 20-9.
- Southern Vermont answered and cut the score in half at 20-10 on a Lions service error, but Emerson was able to put together the set's final five points to grab the 25-10 win.
SET TWO (Emerson 25, Southern Vermont 9)
- A 4-0 opening to the second frame gave Emerson early momentum and followed up with the frame's next nine of ten points to take a commanding 13-1 advantage over Southern Vermont.
- Emerson pieced together another streak of five consecutive points, including a pair of aces from Cepeda, to propel the Lions' advantage up to 18-2.
- Down by 16, Southern Vermont capitalized on Emerson's defensive mishaps and was able to put the following seven of nine points on the board to come within 11 (20-9).
- 11 is the closest Southern Vermont would come to Emerson as the Lions tacked on the remaining five points as a bad set from the Mountaineers gave the Lions the 25-9 win.
SET THREE (Emerson 25, Southern Vermont 12)
- After jumping out to the 5-1 lead on back-to-back aces from Piorkowski, Southern Vermont put themselves back in the game with the next five straight points to square the score at 6-all on an ace from Adrian Dickerson.
- A kill from Willinger started a 5-0 spurt to extend the Lions' advantage back to five (11-6) as Southern Vermont managed to keep themselves within single digits at five.
- The Mountaineers used a pair of Lions attack errors to inch within five at 16-11, but the Lions used a 9-1 run that consisted of four aces from Piorkowski to snag the 25-12 win.
- Emerson hits the road next week for the first time and heads off to Newbury College on Tuesday, February 6 at 7:00 p.m.
- MIT returns home on Tuesday for a string of three home matches, starting with Emmanuel at 7:00 p.m.
- Southern Vermont will also be in home action on Tuesday night and will host Sage at 7:00 p.m.
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