Scoreboard: Emerson 3, Dean 0 | Boston, Mass. | February 1, 2018
No. 15 MIT 3, Emerson 0 | Boston, Mass. | February 3, 2018
Emerson 3, Southern Vt. 0 | Boston, Mass. | February 3, 2018
BOSTON - After starting off its 2018 campaign last Thursday night, the Emerson men's volleyball embarks into its second week of action with a pair of road matches at Newbury and Eastern Nazarene. Starting tomorrow night, the Lions head off to Brookline to meet the Newbury Nighthawks for a 7:00 p.m. contest. Then on Thursday, the Lions once again hit the road and travel to Eastern Nazarene for another 7:00 p.m. match.
A LOOK ON THE WEEK
- At the end of its opening week, Emerson enters its second week of play with a record of 2-1.
- The Lions began 2018 in the win column after locking up a season-opening 3-0 sweep on Thursday over the visiting Dean Bulldogs and was led by a combined 17 kills from junior Mark Piorkowski (Montclair, N.J.) and junior Win Kittivatcharapong (Bangkok, Thailand).
- Emerson hosted its first tri-match of the year on Saturday where they took a 3-0 sweep to the No. 15 MIT Engineers before snagging a sweep over the Southern Vermont Mountaineers to wrap up the day.
CEPEDA, D'AGUIAR & KITTIVATCHARAPONG NAB GNAC WEEKLY ACCOLADES
- After the conclusion of the third full week of GNAC men's volleyball play, the conference has named freshman Marcus Cepeda (Sacramento, Calif.) as the Corvias Rookie of the Week and sophomore Carl D'Aguiar (Tujunga, Calif.) as Defensive Player of the Week.
- In his first trio of collegiate matches, Cepeda averaged 5.50 assists per set in the Lions' 2-1 week and had a combined 44 helpers on the week, including 16 against Dean and 14 against both MIT and Southern Vt.
- D'Aguiar earned Defensive Player of the Week after posting an average of 3.22 digs per set with 10 digs in a sweep over Dean and scooped up 12 in a 3-0 win over Southern Vt.
- Kittivatcharapong also earned GNAC honors and placed on the GNAC Weekly Honor Roll after a strong week where he averaged 3.1 points per set (24.5 total) with 21 total kills, a mere four errors, three aces and four digs through three matches.
SCOUTING THE NIGHTHAWKS
- Newbury is already five matches into the young 2018 season and currently hold a 1-4 record overall and are 0-1 in NECC play.
- The Nighthawks most recently split tri-match action this past Saturday and fell 3-0 to CCNY before topping Sarah Lawrence by the same score.
- Newbury was selected to finished fourth in the NECC Preseason Poll and finished 2017 with an overall record of 10-16.
- On average, the Nighthawks average 5.80 swings per set with a .019 hitting percentage as well as averaging 5.27 assists, .73 blocks, serve 2.7 aces and scoop up 6.07 digs per set.
- Leading Newbury this season is senior Joshua Thorne, who was ranked fourth in the NECC last season with 2.27 digs per set.
- In last season's series between Emerson and Newbury, the Lions took the sweep over the Nighthawks with a 3-1 win at Brown & Plofker on January 31, 2017 before grabbing a 3-0 win on Newbury's home court on February 7, 2017.
SCOUTING THE LIONS
- Eastern Nazarene, who are in its second season as a collegiate program, currently post an overall record of 2-3 through its first five matches and are 1-0 in NECC action.
- The Lions are coming off a 3-0 setback last Saturday in its first NECC match over Elms College.
- Eastern Nazarene was selected to finished third in the NECC Preseason Poll as the Lions finished its inaugural season with a 12-10 overall record and finished 5-7 against NECC teams.
- Through five matches, Eastern Nazarene posts 8.47 kills per set with a .097 hitting percentage to go along with 7.80 assists, .80 blocks, 2.13 service aces and 10.83 digs per set.
- Kenny Sorensen paces the Lions with 4.13 kills a set and 2.93 digs, while Matthew Tyree is credited with 7.13 assists and Tim Eddings blocks .57 a set.
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