Match One: Emerson 3, John Jay 0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-13)
Match Two: Emerson 3, Newbury 0 (25-14, 25-19, 25-17)
Records: Emerson Lions (6-2) ; John Jay Bloodhounds (5-3) ; Newbury Nighthawks (1-8)
Location: Boston, Mass. (Brown & Plofker Gym)
Date: Saturday, February 17, 2018
The Lead: Senior Nick Rusk (Fort Lauderdale, Fl.) recorded a combined 23 kills with an additional 18 digs for the Lions to propel the Emerson men's volleyball team to a tri-match sweep over John Jay and Newbury. To start off the day, Emerson took the straight set sweep over the visiting Bloodhounds before taking down Newbury in three sets in the closing match.
MATCH ONE: Emerson 3, John Jay 0
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Rusk paced both teams in double figures with 10 kills, while freshman Marcus Cepeda (Sacramento, Calif.) had 16 helpers and junior Mark Piorkowski (Montclair, N.J.) served a trio of aces.
- Sophomore Carl D'Aguiar (Tujunga, Calif.) scooped up nine digs for the Lions and senior Stig Regan (Kailua, Hi.) powered the defense with five blocks.
- Leading John Jay was Krystian Surdel, who had a team-high nine kills for the Bloodhounds and Christopher Rincon had 20 helpers.
- Jose Peralta served one ace, Juan DeJesus recorded 12 digs and Kellvin Ortiz led the Bloodhounds defense with a trio of blocks.
HOW IT HAPPENED
SET ONE (Emerson 25, John Jay 22)
- The lead flip flopped in the opening of the first frame with the score margin at one before Emerson pieced together a 4-0 run to go up 8-5 on a kill from Piorkowski.
- Emerson maintained a lead of at least two and were able to tally three consecutive points thanks to a trio of John Jay attack errors to take a lead of five (14-9).
- The Lions jumped ahead by eight at 21-13 and were a mere four points from sealing the opening set, but the Bloodhounds made things interesting as they started to forge a comeback.
- Down by seven at 24-17, John Jay put the next four points on the board to inch within three before the Lions sealed the 25-22 set win on an attack error by the Bloodhounds.
SET TWO (Emerson 25, John Jay 17)
- John Jay held Emerson scoreless to begin the second frame and claimed the 4-0 lead as the Lions used an attack error by Surdel to put a point on the board.
- The Bloodhounds kept a margin of four between them and the Lions on several occasions, but the hosts were able to tally a 3-0 spurt as a kill from Rusk got the Lions within a pair (9-7).
- Emerson trailed by four (13-9) on a Surdel kill and swung the momentum back on their side as a swing from Piorkowski kicked off a lengthy 8-0 streak that pushed the Lions ahead for the first time at 17-13.
- Although the visitors inched back within a pair (17-15) on a pair of kills from Surdel and Alexander Santana, the Lions never surrendered the lead and allowed the Bloodhounds to tally just two more points.
- With the score in Emerson's favor at 21-17, a final 4-0 spurt by the Lions, consisting of a kill and ace by Rusk, iced the second frame as the Lions took the 25-17 win.
SET THREE (Emerson 25, John Jay 13)
- A match-high .241 hitting percentage and one error led Emerson to cruise to the 3-0 sweep in a 25-13 with John Jay hitting in the negatives at -.105 on 14 errors.
- Emerson came out swinging and began the final stanza with a bang as the Lions put a 5-2 lead on the board before bumping the score up 11-7.
- The Lions capitalized on multiple errors committed by the Bloodhounds and stretched its advantage to seven (14-7).
- A 7-0 streak allowed the hosts to put the set away as the Lions lead ballooned into double-figures at 21-8.
- John Jay was able to scrape up four more points within the remainder of the frame, but it was a swing from junior Win Kittivatcharapong (Bangkok, Thailand) that sealed the 25-13 win.
MATCH TWO: Emerson 3, Newbury 0
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Rusk anchored the Lions with 13 kills on 24 swings for a hit percentage of .333 and an additional two aces and 10 digs.
- Cepeda racked up 16 assists and freshman Lucas Raagas (Cambridge, Mass.) registering 14, while Regan and sophomore Diego Garcia (Honolulu, Hi.) each recorded three blocks apiece.
- Pacing Newbury was Joshua Thorne, who had eight kills, one ace and seven digs, along with Jeremias Soto, who had 12 helpers and three blocks.
- Oscar Chavez scooped up nine digs and Rory Dobbins powered out a match high eight blocks.
HOW IT HAPPENED
SET ONE (Emerson 25, Newbury 14)
- Two points separated Emerson and Newbury to begin the first frame with the Lions holding a 9-7 lead and shut down the Nighthawks with the next seven of eight points to push the cushion the seven (16-5).
- Newbury answered Emerson's 7-1 spurt with a 4-0 run of their own and notched four consecutive points to inch within three with the score now at 16-13.
- Despite letting the Nighthawks earn four points back, Rusk contributed a kill and a pair of aces to Emerson's 8-1 run that ultimately sealed the Lions' 25-14 victory in the first stanza.
SET TWO (Emerson 25, Newbury 19)
- Emerson once again jumped out to a quick lead over Newbury at 6-3 and did not let it up as the Lions battled out a 25-19 win over the Nighthawks in the second frame.
SET THREE (Emerson 25, Newbury 17)
- The Lions grabbed the opening 3-0 lead over the Nighthawks before the visitors squared the set at 5-all on a kill from Joshua Thorne.
- Newbury stayed within one of Emerson at 7-6 on a service error before the Lions pieced a 6-2 spurt together and put the margin at five (13-8).
- The five point 15-10 cushion that the Lions' once held diminished and allowed the Nighthawks to get back into the set after allowing the Nighthawks to go on a 5-0 streak and put the score in a 15-all lock behind a trio of Lions errors.
- Emerson produced seven of the set's last eight points with a Newbury attack error locking up the sweep for the Lions.
- Emerson enters GNAC play on Thursday, February 22 and will face Wentworth at 7:00 p.m.
- John Jay embark in more tri-match action on Monday, February 19 in the CUNYAC Multi-Match against Brooklyn College and Hunter College at 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
- Newbury returns home on Wednesday, February 21 for its first NECC match against Eastern Nazarene at 7:00 p.m .
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