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.
LET'S TAKE IT BACK TO 2017
- 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.
REPRESENTING IN THE GNAC
- 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.).
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
- 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.
SCOUTING THE MOUNTAINEERS
- 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.
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