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Men's Volleyball Open 2018 Schedule With Three Home Matches

Men's Volleyball Open 2018 Schedule With Three Home Matches

2017 Overall Record: 13-13 (6-8 GNAC)

Schedule: Thursday, February 1 vs. Dean College, Boston, Mass., 7:00 p.m. | Live Stats | Video
Saturday, February 3 vs. No. 15 MIT, Boston, Mass., 11:00 a.m. | Live Stats | Video
Saturday, February 3 vs. Southern Vt., Boston, Mass., 3:00 p.m.  | Live Stats | Video

BOSTON –The Emerson men's volleyball team enters 2018 ready to make a postseason push coming off a 2017 season that saw the Lions finished 13-13 and 6-8 against GNAC opponents. The Lions will open its schedule with three home matches, starting on Thursday night as the visiting Dean Bulldogs come to Brown & Plofker at 7:00 p.m. Then on Saturday, the Purple will host its first tri-match of 2018 against the No. 15 MIT Engineers at 11:00 a.m. followed by a 3:00 p.m. match against the Southern Vermont Mountaineers.



  • Emerson closed the 2017 season off posting an overall record of 13-13 and went 6-8 versus GNAC opponents, including a 6-7 record down at Brown & Plofker and 5-6 on the road.



  • At the conclusion of last season, a pair of Lions including juniors Win Kittivatcharapong (Bangkok, Thailand) and Jacob DiTore (Salem, N.H.) both represented Emerson in GNAC's postseason awards.
  • Kittivatcharapong nabbed a spot on Third Team All-Conference after a 2017 season where he posted 211 kills and averaged 3.01 kills per set and also ranked second on the team with 39 blocks.
  • DiTore, a libero for the Lions, was chosen to represent the Purple on the GNAC Men's Volleyball All-Sportsmanship team.
  • Along with postseason awards, Emerson also captured some in-season honors with sophomore Diego Rivera (Honolulu, Hi.) nabbing the GNAC Rookie of the Week honor on both March 27,2017 and April 3, 2017.



  • Emerson returns eight players from last year's roster and welcomes in five new Lions to the team.
  • The team now consists of four freshmen, four sophomores, three juniors and two seniors.
  • New faces joining the Lions include Marcus Cepeda (Sacramento, Calif.), Joris Pijpers (Leidschendam, Netherlands), Lucas Raagas (Cambridge, Mass.), Samuel Willinger (Golden Beach, Fl.) and Matt Connolly (Haverill, Mass.).



  • Dean comes to Boston tomorrow night fresh off a season-opening 3-0 sweep over Pine Manor and hold a 1-0 record.
  • The Bulldogs wrapped its 2017 campaign with an overall record of 2-20 under the direction of head coach Natalie Cohen.
  • In two meetings between Emerson and Dean last season, the Lions came away with the series sweep with a pair of 3-0 triumphs.



  • No. 15 MIT enters Saturday's tri-match holding a 3-0 record with its most recent win coming last Tuesday in a 3-0 sweep of Regis (Mass.) at DuPont Gymnasium.
  • The Engineers were selected to finished sixth in the UVC (United Volleyball Conference0 and currently rank 15th in the AVCA Division III National Poll.
  • Through its first three matches, MIT averages 11.50 kills per set and 13.50 digs per set with a hitting percentage of .235%.
  • MIT concluded last season with a 20-10 (4-4 UVC) record and saw their season come to an end of a 3-0 loss in the UVA Tournament Quarterfinals to SUNY New Paltz.
  • The Engineers concluded 2017 ranked No. 15 in the AVCA Division III National Poll after its third postseason trip.
  • MIT will be under the guidance of first-year head coach Todd Elwell.
  • Key returners to the MIT lineup included 2017 UVC All-Conference selections Yize Dong, Skyler Kaufman and Tavish Smith, as well as Andrew Hall, a UVC All-Academic honoree.
  • The Engineers swept the 2017 season series against Emerson with a pair of 3-0 wins.



  • This will be the first meeting between the Mountaineers of Southern Vermont College and Emerson as the Mountaineers currently hold a 0-1 record under the direction of first-year head coach, Pat Robidoux.
  • The Mountaineers suffered a season-opening 3-0 loss to SUNY Poly back on January 30, 2018.
  • Southern Vermont finished the 2017 season at 6-22 and posted a New England Collegeiate Conference (NECC) record of 3-9.
  • Their season wrapped at the hands of a 3-0 loss to Elms in the NECC Tournament Quarterfinals.
  • Key returners to the Mountaineers include Elmar Olivares and Te Howard.