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Men's Volleyball Upended By Regis (Mass.) & King's (Pa.)

Men's Volleyball Upended By Regis (Mass.) & King's (Pa.)

THE BASICS 

Match One Score: Regis (Mass.) 3, Emerson 1

Match Two Score: King's (Pa.) 3, Emerson 1

Records: Emerson Lions (1-10, 0-5 GNAC) ; Regis (Mass.) Pride (4-7, 1-4 GNAC) ; King's (Pa.) Monarchs (11-3, 1-1)

Location: Weston, Mass. (Higgins Court) 

Date: February 19, 2022

The Lead: Sophomore Neiko Pittman completed the day with a total of 23 kills and 12 digs and freshman Bayden Slavik recorded 12 kills and 56 assists for the Emerson men's volleyball team, but the Lions were upended in a tri-match sweep by Regis (Mass.) and King's (Pa.), both by scores of 3-1, on Saturday afternoon. 

 

MATCH ONE: Regis (Mass.) 3, Emerson 1

INSIDE THE NUMBERS 


EMERSON

Pittman: 13 kills & 12 digs
Slavik: 29 assists 
Bryson Beck: 11 digs 
Ramsis De Los Santos & Jack Meissner: three blocks 


REGIS (MA)

Matt Ferrara & Josh Nolen: 10 kills
Brendan Lam: 21 assists
Kostea Andreenko: five aces & three blocks
Marcello Cappuccio: 15 digs 


HOW IT HAPPENED 

  • Emerson fell victim to several miscues in the opening set, which Regis took advantage of and allowed the hosts to open to an 8-4 lead. The Lions had no answer as saw the Pride ignite a 7-1 run that pushed the hosts up 18-4. 
  • The Lions were never allowed to get into a scoring rhythm for the remainder of the frame as the Pride took the first set, 25-14, on a kill from Adreenko. 
  • Emerson got a much needed offensive spark in the second set after they trailed 7-3 and tallied the next five of seven points to close within one of Regis at 9-8. 
  • Regis used a pair of swings and a block to jump back on top by four, 16-12, before Emerson took control of the frame. In a 9-3 run that included three blocks, Roehm notched the winning kill to even the match at 1-1. 
  • The third frame saw Emerson fall 10-2 early on after the Pride served four aces within a five-point span. For the remainder of the set, both Emerson and Regis exchanged points until the end when the Pride surged for a 7-3 run down the stretch for the 25-23 win. 
  • It was the fourth set where the Lions and Pride went back and forth, making the set the closest of the match with 10 ties alongside two lead changes. A Pride attack error allowed the Lions to push ahead, 19-18, but the hosts answered with the next three scores. 
  • A late surge of four consecutive kills by the Pride was the Lions' downfall as the home team took the set, 25-23. 

 

MATCH TWO: King's (Pa.) 3, Emerson 1

INSIDE THE NUMBERS 

EMERSON

Slavik: 12 kills & 27 assists
Pittman: 11 kills
Roehm: 10 kills & three aces
Beck: 20 digs
De Los Santos: five blocks 


KING'S (PA)

Jared Piontkowski: 17 kills, four aces & 11 digs
Joe Herman: 10 kills & 13 digs
George Beck: 34 assists
Peter Scholl: 10 block assists 


HOW IT HAPPENED 

  • After Emerson trailed 3-0 to start off the first set, six ties occurred through the midst of the frame with the last coming at 11-all as Roehm served up an ace. A swing from Meissner kept Emerson within a two-point margin of King's at 16-14 before two kills and an ace put the Monarchs up five, 19-14. 
  • Emerson was able to snag a point on a kill from Slavik before the Monarchs used a five-point streak that included three Lions mishaps and two kills to extend its lead to 24-15. 
  • An attack error by King's allowed Emerson to stay in the set at 24-16, but the Lions committed an attack error to take the 25-16 setback in set one. 
  • After four ties opened the second set, Emerson broke away with the next five of six points to claim the 10-6 advantage on the Monarchs' attack miscue. 
  • King's responded with a three-point run of their own to pull within one at 10-9, but Emerson took advantage of three attack errors by the Monarchs for a 4-0 run that gave the Lions a five-point edge at 14-9. 
  • The Lions were able to maintain a five-point lead over the Monarchs at 17-12 until the visitors gained control with a 7-2 run that leveled the game at 19-all. The Lions battled and turned two Monarchs errors and an ace into a three-point streak to reclaim the 22-19 lead. 
  • King's was not going away quietly and responded with the next four points to take a 24-23 edge after Beck served an ace. Down one, Emerson prevailed and notched a trio of scores to take the comeback 26-24 win on an ace. 
  • The third set started off close between Emerson and King's as the Lions held the three-point edge at 12-9 before the Monarchs rung off the next three points to even the score at 12-all. Emerson notched the go-ahead point on a swing from Roehm before King's took off on a 13-2 run to take the 25-15 set three win. 
  • It was in the fourth set where the game was evenly matched through much of the frame with 13 ties occurring. After Emerson got back within one thanks to a King's attack error (19-18), the next five points went the Monarchs' way for the 24-18 lead. 
  • Emerson began to surge for another comeback and tallied the set's next five points. Starting on a service error by Beck, the Lions used three more Monarchs' miscues and a Slavik kill to move the score to 24-23. 
  • King's halted Emerson's comeback hopes and took the fourth set, 25-23, on a kill from Herman. 


UP NEXT

  • After a short break, Emerson heads into a non-conference rematch out at Nichols on Saturday, February 26th at 1:00 p.m.