Men's Volleyball Downed In Straight Sets By No. 14 Wentworth

Men's Volleyball Downed In Straight Sets By No. 14 Wentworth


Score: No. 14 Wentworth 3, Emerson 0

Records: Emerson Lions (6-3, 0-1 GNAC) ; No. 14 Wentworth Leopards (11-4, 4-1 GNAC)

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

Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Lead: The Emerson men's volleyball team were topped in straight sets by the visiting No. 14 Wentworth Leopards on Thursday night to open Greater North Atlantic Conference (GNAC) action.



  • Junior Win Kittivatcharapong (Bangkok, Thailand) paced Emerson with eight kills, while freshman Marcus Cepeda (Sacramento, Calif.) tallied 10 helpers. 
  • Senior Nick Rusk (Fort Lauderdale, Fl.) served a pair of aces, junior Mark Piorkowski (Montclair, N.J.) recorded a match-high 10 digs and senior Stig Regan (Kailua, Hi.) had one block. 
  • Garrett Vermeulen led Wentworth with seven swings and Augusto Rodriguez-Guerrios had an overall match best 17 assists. 
  • Collin Ritter served a pair for the Leopards, while Peter Klembcyzk scooped up nine digs and five Leopards had one block apiece.



SET ONE (Wentworth 25, Emerson 13)

  • The opening set was evenly keeled through the beginning half of the set with Emerson keeping within a one point margin of Wentworth at 8-7. 
  • Wentworth was able to extend its lead to four after several Lions attack errors (11-7) and embarked on a 6-2 spurt that was capped on an ace from Kevin McPeek, putting their advantage up to seven at 17-10.
  • After a kill from Ollie Oshman, Emerson found themselves down double figures at 10 (21-11) after Wentworth put up the next four consecutive points. 
  • Emerson tallied two more points within the set on kills from Kittivatcharapong and Regan as Wentworth took the first 25-13 on a swing from Kevin Devine. 


SET TWO (Wentworth 25, Emerson 14) 

  • Emerson gained its first and only lead after tallying the set's first point on a kill by Rusk before Wentworth began to balloon its lead over the Lions. 
  • A swing from Kittivatcharapong brought the Lions within one with the Leopards answering with the set's next seven points and propelled ahead by eight (10-2). 
  • The Lions remained in a double-digit deficit through the middle portion of the frame and were only able to close within 10 with a Lions service error handing the Leopards the 25-14 win. 


SET THREE (Wentworth 25, Emerson 20)

  • With the score differential staying within one to begin the third stanza, an ace from sophomore Diego Garcia (Honolulu, Hi.) pushed Emerson to an 6-4 edge over Wentworth. 
  • Wentworth answered with a 6-0 spurt of their own, capped off by a Lions setting mishap, that allowed the Leopards to push its lead up to four at 10-6.
  • Down 14-8 after another 3-0 run by the visitors, Emerson followed up with a 3-0 run of their own to inch within a trio (14-11) after back-to-back swings from Kittivatcharapong. 
  • The Leopards pushed its advantage back up to six after the hosts committed a pair of attack errors (17-11). 
  • Emerson battled back after trailing 21-15 and tacked on four of the next five points to cut the Leopards' lead down to a pair at 22-20, but the visitors put the final three points on the board to take the final set, 25-20. 



  • Emerson heads to Dean on Saturday, February 24 for a non-conference rematch against Dean at 12:00 p.m. 
  • Wentworth continues GNAC play on Saturday afternoon at home and will face Regis (Mass.) at 12:00 p.m.