Wheaton (Mass.) Tops Women's Volleyball In Five

Photo Credit: Emerson Channel Sports
Photo Credit: Emerson Channel Sports

THE BASICS 

Score: Wheaton (Mass.) 3, Emerson 2 (24-26, 25-20, 25-19, 23-25, 13-15)

Records: Emerson Lions (9-9, 1-6 NEWMAC) ; Wheaton (Mass.) Lyons (18-2, 4-1 NEWMAC) 

Location: Boston, Mass. (Brown & Plofker Gym) 

Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2018 

The Lead: Senior Fara Cohen (Morristown, N.J.) and sophomore Grace Tepper (Kensington, Md.) put up double-double efforts for the Emerson women's volleyball team in the Lions' 3-2 setback to Wheaton (Mass.) in NEWMAC play on Tuesday night. 

 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS 

  • Emerson had three players rack up double figures in kills and was led Tepper matched her career-best 20 kills followed by 14 from sophomore Albany Alexander (Orlando, Fla.) and 12 from Cohen. 
  • Cohen led the Lions in the digs column with 20, while junior Jamie Groele (Chelmsford, Mass.) joined in double digits at 16 along with freshman Lauren Quan (San Diego, Calif.) at 15, senior Moira Brennan (Glenview, Ill) with 11 and Tepper with 10. 
  • Tepper also served a match best five aces with senior Kelley Guerra (Randolph, N.J.) tallying five blocks and Brennan handing out 50 helpers. 
  • For Wheaton, Adara Hamilton dished out a match best 25 kills and 16 digs with Clare Cansler behind at 18 kills and Casey Dinga with 11. 
  • Becca Houghton handed out a match high 59 assists and also had 16 digs as Cat McGregor had a team best 19 digs and Nikita Selivan had three blocks. 

 

HOW IT HAPPENED 

  • Emerson kept within two to start off the first frame (7-5) before Wheaton tallied the set's next five straight points to give the Lyons a seven point lead at 12-5. 
  • The visitors pieced together another four consecutive points to extend its lead to give them its biggest lead of eight (17-9) on a kill by Casey Dinga. 
  • After the Lions trailed by six after a service error (20-14), the offense sparked a 4-0 to pull within a pair (20-18) after junior Jamie Groele (Chelmsford, Mass.) served a pair of aces. 
  • Emerson continued its comeback and squared the set twice at 23-all and 24-all, yet it was Wheaton who pulled out the last two points on a kill and Lions service error.
  • The beginning of the second set started with five ties followed by Emerson being able to hold Wheaton within no more than two. 
  • With the visitors within one at 18-17, a ball handling mishap by the Lyons began a 5-2 run for the and held a five point edge (23-15) before taking the match point on a swing by Tepper to even the match at 1-1. 
  • Emerson trailing 10-8 at the beginning of the third stanza was the last time the Lions would fall behind and followed up with an extensive 11-2 streak that pushed the lead to seven (19-12). 
  • Wheaton answered with a lengthy streak of its own at 7-1 that saw three kills from Claire Cansler and inched the Lyons within one (20-19). 
  • A kill and four aces by Tepper were included in Emerson's 5-0 run to close out the 25-19 third set win to put the Lions up 2-1. 
  • Three ties occurred in the opening of the fourth frame until Emerson was able to go ahead by three on two swings by Tepper and an ace by Cohen (12-9). 
  • Both teams exchanged the lead midway through the set with Emerson eventually pulling ahead by two (23-21), but Wheaton scraped its way back and tallied four points to take the comeback 25-23 win to even the match at 2-2. 
  • Much like the previous sets, the fifth set saw a trio of ties as Emerson used a pair of kills from Alexander and Lyons attack error to break the 9-all score at 11-9. 
  • Emerson jumped back in front (12-11) before they surrendered the set's next three points to Wheaton to allow the visitors to take the 14-12 lead. 
  • The Lions tallied one more point pull within one, but the Lyons got a kill from Selivan on match point to take the 3-2 win. 

 

UP NEXT

  • Emerson remains at home with a Friday night out of conference contest against Wentworth at 6:00 p.m. 
  • Wheaton (Mass.) steps out of conference action at Simmons on Thursday, October 4 at 7:00 p.m. 

 

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