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Lions Split Again, Start Season 2-2 After RWU Invitational

Lions Split Again, Start Season 2-2 After RWU Invitational

BRISTOL, R.I. - The second day of the Roger Williams Invitational turned out very similar to day one as the Emerson Lions split a pair of matches on Saturday afternoon, returning home with a record of 2-2. The Lions opened up the afternoon with a 3-1 victory over Framingham State, before suffering a 3-1 loss to Keene State.


Match 1: Emerson 3 - Framingham St. 1

Lions freshman Grace Tepper (Kensington, Md.) and junior Kelley Guerra (Randolph, N.J.) both set new career-highs in kills with 17 and 16, respectively, helping the Lions upend the Framingham State Rams 3-1 on Saturday afternoon in the opening match of the Roger Williams Invitational.

Tepper added 10 digs to finish with her second double-double of the season. Guerra hit an astonishing .552 in the match, recording her 16 kills in just 29 attempts. Guerra also amassed a total of nine blocks between solo and assisted blocks; by far a career best in the category. Lions sophomore Kayleen Bertrand (New Boston, N.H.) came in with a double-double of her own, recording 12 kills and 11 digs. Junior Moira Brennan (Glenview, Ill.) added 45 assists and 11 digs.

Rams freshman Kelly Brinkman (Gardiner, N.Y.) finished the match with a team-high 12 kills. Classmate Brandey Rodriguez (Lawrence, Mass.) added nine kills. Senior Vicki Anderson (Attleboro, Mass.) and sophomore Deirdre Fay (Cornwall, N.Y.) were tremendous defensively, both finishing with a match-high 21 digs.

The Rams took the first set from the Lions 25-20, but Emerson came back with three straight dominating sets of 25-21, 25-14, and 25-9, for the 3-1 victory.


Match 2: Keene St. 3 - Emerson 1

Owls senior Rachel Lamica (Malone, N.Y.) finished with a team-high 19 kills while hitting .432 from the floor, leading the Keene State Owls over the Emerson Lions 3-1 in the final match for Emerson in the Roger Williams Invitational.

Owls sophomore Olivia Mathieu (Derry, N.H.) contributed eight kills, freshman Bailey Wilson (Moorpark, Calif.) added six more, as well as 44 assists. Junior Riley Bunker (Simi Valley, Calif.) put up a team-high 14 digs.

For the Lions, Tepper didn't wait long to set a new career-high in kills, putting up 20 in this match. Guerra and Bertrand were again in double-digit kills, adding 10 and 11, respectively. Bertrand also completed the double-double with a match-high 15 digs. 

The Owls controlled the opening two sets, taking them with scores of 25-15 and 25-20. The Lions bounced back in set three to win 26-24, but the comeback came up short as the Owls grabbed the momentum back, en route to a 25-15 fourth set and 3-1 overall set victory.

After opening the season with four matches in two days, the Lions take some time off before returning to play on Thursday, travelling to the University of New England for a non-conference match starting at 7:00 p.m.