Match One Score: Emerson 3, Western New England 0 (25-13, 25-17, 25-23)
Match Two Score: Emerson 3, Southern Maine Huskies 0
Records: Emerson Lions (5-0) ; Western New England Golden Bears (5-3) ; Southern Maine Huskies (1-5)
Location: Springfield, Mass. (Alumni Healthful Living Center)
Date: September 10, 2022
The Lead: The Emerson women's volleyball team saw their stay in the win column extended to five in a row with a tri-match sweep out at Western New England and Southern Maine on Saturday afternoon. In the first match, Emerson swept the hosts in Western New England, 3-0. The Lions completed tri-match action with a three-set victory over Southern Maine.
MATCH ONE: Emerson 3, Western New England 0
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
WESTERN NEW ENGLAND
Yemayma Molina: six kills, four blocks
Taylor Geist: 22 assists
Zoe Bozzay & Isabella Procida: two service aces
Becca Mayer: 13 digs
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Out the gate, Emerson overpowered Western New England and grabbed the outright double-figure cushion at 12-2 and tacked on two more points before the Golden Bears broke the run and recorded their third point on a Lions attack error.
- After the hosts broke Emerson's lengthy streak, the Lions got back to work with six more points to balloon their lead up to 20-9 on a Western New England attack miscue. The Golden Bears answered with a pair of points to move the score to 20-11.
- The visitors pieced together the final five of six points, which included a 4-0 run, to run away with the 25-13 first-set victory and went up 1-0.
- The second frame started off tighter than the first with Western New England gaining their first lead of the match at 5-4 on a kill from Molina. Emerson, however, responded with a 9-3 spurt to move back in front to the 13-7 advantage.
- Emerson tacked on another lengthy streak with the set's next six of seven scores to once again extend their advantage into double-digits at 19-9 when sophomore Isabella Chu served an ace at the line.
- Another string of four points allowed the Purple & Gold to put the score at 23-11 before the Golden Bears registered a late run of 6-1 to close within seven at 24-17. It was Esmie's swing that halted Western New England's comeback hopes and iced Emerson's 25-17 win to go up 2-0.
- Momentum continued to swing in Emerson's direction as the Lions once again began the set with a lead over Western New England at 8-5. The hosts made things interesting when they pieced together a 8-2 streak to give them the three-point edge at 13-10.
- Through the midst of the frame, Emerson got themselves back in the game and leveled the score four times, the last coming at 16-all on a Western New England serving error.
- The Golden Bears kept within one at 18-17, but the Lions caught rhythm late in the set and gained the four-point lead at 22-18 on a kill from senior Rebecca Polsky.
- Western New England would not go away quietly and tacked on the next five of seven points to keep within striking distance at 24-23. Once again, Emerson was able to close out the win with a swing from freshman Ashley Davis as the Lions held on to the 25-23 win for the 3-0 sweep.
MATCH TWO: Emerson 3, Southern Maine 0
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Brianna Delloiacono: nine kills
Meg Perry: five service aces
Savannah Hunter: one block, 16 assists
Sierra Castonguay: nine digs
HOW IT HAPPENED
- To open the first frame, Emerson earned the four-point lead after a 7-3 streak, but Southern Maine stayed close behind and reached within two at 9-7 after a setting miscue by the Lions.
- Back-to-back swings from Combs ignited a 9-2 spurt for the Lions and turned the once two-point edge over the Huskies into a 19-9 cushion.
- Southern Maine recorded three scores on a Lions serving error, kill by Madison Zimmer and an ace to get within single digits at 20-12. Nine was the closest the visitors reached as Emerson rang off the set's final five of seven points for the 25-14 win.
- After holding a steady lead of five through the start of the second, Southern Maine used a trio of kills to put themselves within a pair at 14-12. Emerson answered with four points of their own to stretch their lead up to six at 18-12.
- Southern Maine put the pressure on Emerson and kept within four at 20-16 before the Lions used a kill from Davis and two consecutive aces at the line to push their lead back up to seven at 23-16.
- Two Emerson attack mishaps and a kill by Delloiacono kept Southern Maine within five at 24-19, but the Huskies committed an attack error of their own to give the hosts the 25-19 win.
- With the 4-1 advantage, Emerson saw Southern Maine put up the third's next four scores to move ahead by one at 5-4. Emerson claimed the 6-5 advantage back on an attack error and held on to a 7-all tie on a kill from Combs.
- Behind a 4-0 run by the Huskies that included a pair of aces, the Lions faced their biggest deficit at four with the score at 11-7. Maynez's kill alongside an ace and serving miscue brought Emerson to within one at 11-10.
- Three ties occurred through the closing of the third, the last at 19-all. Starting off with a swing from freshman Elizabeth Wagner, Emerson broke the 19-all lock with a 5-0 spurt and regained a five-point lead at 24-19.
- Southern Maine followed Emerson's run with their own and threatened with the next three points to close the gap to 24-22. Esmie came in clutch with a game-winning kill as the Lions picked up the 25-22 victory.
- Emerson comes back to Boston on Tuesday, September 13th and play host to their first NEWMAC opponent in MIT at 6:00 p.m.
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