2017 Overall Record: 13-14 (3-7 NEWMAC)
Schedule: Western Connecticut Tournament @ Danbury, Conn.
Friday, August 31 vs. Salve Regina & Lasell - 4:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 1 vs. Simmons & Fairleigh Dickson - 12 & 2:00 p.m.
BOSTON, Mass. - The Emerson College women's volleyball hits the parquet for the start of its 2018 season this coming weekend down at the Western Connecticut Tournament. The Lions enter its first day of the tournament on Friday and will face Salve Regina at 4:00 p.m. before wrapping the day against Lasell in the nightcap at 8:00 p.m.. Then on Saturday, the Purple close out tournament play against Simmons at 12:00 p.m. and close with a 2:00 p.m. matchup against Fairleigh Dickson.
A CLEAN SLATE
- In the NEWMAC Women's Volleyball Preseason Poll, Emerson took the ninth slot after they finished out 2017 a game under .500 at 13-14 and went 3-7 when facing conference foes.
- The Lions will return seven members of last year's squad with the addition of five new players that include Anna Hamre (Cypress, Calif.), Grace Hutchinson (Reinholds, Penn.), Carolyn Vaimoso (Torrance, Calif.), Lauren Quan (San Diego, Calif.) and Reina Garcia (Newark, N.J.).
- Sophomore Grace Tepper (Kensington, Md.) returns for her second season after a rookie campaign that saw her rack up a NEWMAC sixth-best 3.18 kills per set.
- This year's senior class, consisting of Kelley Guerra (Randolph, N.J.), Fara Cohen (Morristown, N.J.) and Moira Brennan (Glenview, Ill.), enter their final season backed with impressive stats.
- On the offensive side, Guerra powered out a .318 hitting percentage for the Lions, which put her fifth in the NEWMAC.
- On the defensive end, Cohen registered 4.01 digs per set and 373 total digs for ninth best in the conference followed by Brennan, who racked up a fourth-best 8.64 assists a set.
SCOUTING THE SEAHAWKS
- An overall record 17-12 and 6-3 against Commonwealth Coast Conference team within 29 matches in 2017 earned Salve Regina a trip to the CCC Tournament where the Seahawks fell in three sets to Endicott in the semifinal round.
- Friday's meeting with Salve Regina will be the first meeting dating back to August 31, 2013 when the Seahawks topped the Lions, 3-1.
- Salve Regina returns its leader on both sides of the ball in Annie Donahue, who paced the Seahawks in blocks and kills and earned her way to a spot on First Team All Conference.
SCOUTING THE LASERS
- Lasell comes into 2018 selected to finish fourth in the GNAC after a 2017 campaign where the Lasers were 15-20 overall and 8-4 in conference competition.
- The Lasers will also be under the direction of first year head coach Dana Jones.
- Emerson met Lasell back on October 26, 2017 down at Brown & Plofker and edged out the Lasers in four sets, 3-1.
SCOUTING THE SHARKS
- Simmons is coming off a record breaking 2017 season that saw the Sharks take a trip to the GNAC Championship match against Johnson & Wales, but ultimately fell in straight sets to put its overall record a 21-10 and 11-1 when facing GNAC teams.
- Emerson faced Simmons in the midst of the Sharks' extensive 12 game winning streak and fell 3-0 back on October 13, 2017.
- Vital returners for Simmons this season include Morgan Weeg and Jarene Harberts.
- Weeg, the reigning GNAC Player of the Year, was named First Team All-Conference after a 2017 season that saw her lead the conference with 4.20 kills a set and 11th with a .263 hitting percentage.
- Harberts nabbed a spot on Second Team All Conference and sat seventh amongst GNAC leaders with 3.07 kills a set.
SCOUTING THE DEVILS
- Fairleigh Dickinson made their way to the ECAC Championship match, but saw their 2017 campaign close at the hands of a straight sweep by Westminster University and held an overall record of 27-9 and 5-7 MAC (Middle Atlantic Conference) Freedom record.
- The Devils were picked to finish 2018 in fourth in the MAC Freedom Preseason Poll after finishing third in the conference in 2017.
- A key returner for the Devils this upcoming season is Lauren Harris, who was named First Team All-MAC Freedom with a team-best 405 kills, 478 digs and 51 aces.
STAY LIVE WITH THE LIONS