Match One: Amherst 3, Emerson 1 (25-17, 25-13, 25-19, 25-14)
Match Three: Emerson 3, Colby 2 (25-11, 25-16, 25-19, 26-24, 15-9)
Records: Emerson Lions (4-3) ; Amherst Mammoths (3-1) ; Colby Mules (0-3)
Location: Boston, Mass. (Brown & Plofker Gym)
Date: Saturday, September 9, 2017
The Lead: Backed by a combined 32 kill performance from freshman Grace Tepper (Kensington, Md.) and 71 assists from junior Moira Brennan (Glenview, Ill.), the Emerson women's volleyball team split tri-match action against Colby and Amherst in its home opener on Saturday afternoon at Brown & Plofker Gym. In the first match of the day, Emerson fell 3-1 to Amherst before they battled out a five-set 3-2 victory over Colby to wrap up the day.
MATCH ONE: AMHERST 3, EMERSON 1
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Tepper paced Emerson with a double-double 12 kills and 11 digs and three blocks, while junior Kelley Guerra (Randolph, N.J.) followed with 11 kills, and Brennan registered 33 helpers.
- Guerra and Tepper also served three aces apiece.
- Emily Klosky powered the Amherst offense with 12 kills, while Charlotte Duran recorded 32 assists, Hayes Honea had 22 a match-high 22 digs and both Cameron Hendricks and Claire Dennis led the defense with a trio of blocks.
HOW IT HAPPENED
SET ONE (Amherst 25, Emerson 17)
- With the score differential never soaring above more than two to start the opening frame, Amherst pieced together a 5-0 streak to put themselves ahead 14-8 over Emerson.
- Emerson was able to cut Amherst's lead down to a pair at 15-13 thanks to swings by Guerra and Tepper.
- The Mammoths tacked on the four of five points to extend its lead to five at 19-14 before the Lions were able to close within four at 19-15 on an attack error.
- Emerson was able to earn two more points through the set, but it was Amherst who closed out the set on two Lions attack errors.
SET TWO (Amherst 25, Emerson 13)
- Amherst commanded the second frame and took the 2-0 match lead as the Mammoths took the 25-13 win over Emerson.
- Emerson earned three of the next five points back to close within four at 12-8 before Amherst rolled out the next nine of 11 scores to push its lead into double digits at 21-10.
- The Lions closed to within single digits at 23-12 after a Mammoths attack error as a pair of swings from Daria Kim-Percy sealed the Mammoths win.
SET THREE (Emerson 25, Amherst 19)
- Emerson hit a match-best .206 within the third frame to take the 25-19 win and put themselves on the board at 2-1.
- For the first time through two sets, Emerson held a lead over Amherst and extended their edge to three at 10-7 on a pair swings by Tepper and sophomore Kayleen Bertrand (New Boston, N.H.).
- Amherst tallied the next five of eight points to grab the 13-12 advantage over Emerson, but the Lions answered with a 6-0 run to grab the lead back at 18-13.
- The Purple & Yellow extended its lead to six at 22-16 after a trio of points and wrapped up the set on a kill by sophomore Jessica Braunstein (Demarest, N.J.)
SET FOUR (Amherst 25, Emerson 14)
- The Mammoths jumped out to an extensive 12-5 lead over the Lions that was followed by an 11-4 streak to give themselves a set high 12-point cushion at 23-11.
- Emerson pieced three consecutive points together to pull within nine at 23-14, but it a kill by Claire Dennis and an attack error that gave Amherst the match triumph.
MATCH THREE: EMERSON 3, COLBY 2
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Tepper racked up 18 kills to help power the Emerson offense, along with Brennan, who racked up an overall match best 38 assists.
- Junior Fara Cohen (Morristown, N.J.), sophomore Jamie Groele (Chelmsford, Mass.) and Braunstein all served an ace each as Cohen led the team with 23 digs and Bertrand led the Lions defense with two blocks.
- Colby saw two players put up double figures in kills, including Paige Hanssen (13) and Kate Wincek (10), while Emily Moslener recorded 20 assists.
- Wincek and Erin Maidman each powered out 17 digs apiece and Nicole Petherbridge made a match-high four blocks.
HOW IT HAPPENED
SET ONE (Colby 25, Emerson 11)
- Emerson registered an opening set hit percentage of -.100 hit percentage as the Lions dropped the 25-11 decision to Colby.
- Colby jumped out to the 7-2 lead before Emerson was able to pull within three at 7-4 on a pair of kills by Bertrand and Tepper.
- The Lions kept within six at 17-11 before the Mules closed the book on the first frame with a string of eight consecutive points.
SET TWO (Emerson 25, Colby 16)
- After Emerson snagged the 8-4 lead, the Lions never surrendered the lead to the Mules to even match at 1-1.
- Colby then registered the next five of six scores to lock the score at 9-all.
- With the scored evened up, Emerson embarked on an 11-1 streak to give themselves a double-digit cushion lead at 20-10, capitalizing on Mules errors and a trio of kills from Tepper.
- Colby erased its double digit deficit down to eight twice at 21-18 and 24-16, but Emerson earned the match point on a swing by Bertrand.
SET THREE (Emerson 25, Colby 19)
- Much like the second set, Emerson grabbed a comfortable 8-3 lead that was quickly erased as Colby creeped back to within one at 13-12.
- The next five of seven scores came from Emerson's end to boost the Lions to a seven point cushion at 20-13 that was capped off by a swing from Bertrand.
- A pair of swings by Tepper and Braunstein halted a Mules comeback and took the 2-1 match lead.
SET FOUR (Colby 26, Emerson 24)
- After Emerson held onto the 18-13 lead through a reminder of the frame, the Lions allowed Colby to get back in the match and snag the 20-18 edge on seven straight points.
- Emerson squared the score up two times, once at 21-all and again at 24-all, before Colby capped off the 2-all match tie on a Lions attack error and an ace by Moselener.
SET FIVE (Emerson 15, Colby 9)
- A match-best hit percentage of .231 with eight kills on two errors ultimately led to Emerson topping Colby by the score of 15-9.
- The fifth and deciding set saw Emerson claw their way to an 8-3 lead over Colby, but the Mules jumped into the scoring mix and were within five of the Lions at 10-5.
- With Colby threatening and Emerson's lead down four, the Lions took advantage of two defensive mishaps by the Mules to put the score at 14-8.
- The Mules were able to tack on one more point at 14-9, but the Lions halted any hope of a comeback as Tepper's swing capped off the win.
- Emerson remains on its home court come Tuesday, September 12 as the Lions step into NEWMAC play against Wellesley at 7:00 p.m.
- Amherst continues action of the road on Wednesday, September 13 as they head to Endicott for a 7:00 p.m. non-conference match.
- Colby returns home on Tuesday, September 12 to meet the University of New England at 6:30 p.m.
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