Score: Emerson 3, Mount Ida 0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-22)
Records: Emerson Lions (8-3, 1-1 GNAC) ; Mount Ida Mustangs (8-10, 0-4 GNAC)
Location: Newton, Mass. (Athletic Center)
Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2018
The Lead: Junior Mark Piorkowski (Montclair, N.J.) racked up a season-high 15 kills along with an additional 13 from senior Nick Rusk (Fort Lauderdale, Fl.) as the Emerson men's volleyball team locked up its first GNAC triumph in a 3-0 sweep over Mount Ida on Tuesday night.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- With 15 kills on 30 attempts, Piorkowski registered a hit percentage of .333% to go along with one assist, one ace, four digs and one block.
- Rusk finished the night with 13 swings, one assist and one block and co-led Emerson along with sophomore Carl D'Aguiar (Tujunga, Calif.) with eight digs.
- On the serving end, freshman Marcus Cepeda (Sacramento, Calif.) paced the Lions with 18 helpers, followed by 12 assists from sophomore Lucas Raagas (Cambridge, Mass.) and junior Win Kittivatcharapong (Bangkok, Thailand) served up a pair of aces.
- Leading the defensive attack for Emerson was freshman Samuel Willinger (Golden Beach, Fl.), who recorded three blocks.
- Brett Southworth anchored Mount Ida with 10 kills, two aces and seven digs with Kevin Vanderhorst registering 12 assists, Kevin Keohane scooping seven digs and Andre Foster leading the defense with four blocks.
HOW IT HAPPENED
SET ONE (Emerson 25, Mount Ida 20)
- Rusk singlehandedly put five of Emerson's opening six points on the board thanks to five swings and gave the Lions an early 6-2 advantage over Mount Ida to start off the first frame.
- Emerson held a comfortable seven point lead over the hosts until Tyler Dorfman's kill set off a 5-1 spurt to chip the Lions' lead down to three at 13-10.
- Capped off by a kill from sophomore Diego Garcia (Honolulu, Hi.), the Lions answered with the next seven consecutive points and extended its advantage into double figures (20-10).
- Mount Ida threatened for the second time during the frame, erasing another significant Emerson lead on a 9-1 run with the score within a pair (21-19).
- The Lions escaped the Mustang's late comeback to collect the set's final four of five points with Kittivatcharapong's swing sealing the win.
SET TWO (Emerson 25, Mount Ida 20)
- The score remained close to open the second frame before Emerson captured the set's first big lead of five (12-7).
- Emerson maintained a lead of at least three over Mount Ida until the hosts were able to catch up and square the score at 17-all behind an 8-3 streak that was capped off by a Lions attack error.
- After the Lions put themselves back on top, the Mustangs yet again evened the score at 20-all on another swing from Dorfman.
- Three Mount Ida mishaps and kills from Piorkowski and Rusk helped ice Emerson's second set win on a closing 5-0 run.
SET THREE (Emerson 25, Mount Ida 22)
- For the first time all match, Emerson played from behind and watched Mount Ida carry a 12-10 edge into the middle of the third.
- Piorkowski registered the equalizing kill to knot the score at 12-all and set off a spurt of 4-0 to give the Lions their first lead at 15-12.
- Mount Ida came back with a 4-0 streak of its own to push the score back to an even 16-16 on a serving error committed by Emerson.
- The score evened up once more through the closing portion of the stanza (18-18) before Emerson captured the edge for good.
- Emerson was one point away from claiming the frame (24-20), yet Mount Ida would not back off and tacked on a pair of points to put the Mustangs within a pair (24-22).
- Piorkowski's 15th and final kill was the deciding factor that pushed Emerson to the 25-22 win over Mount Ida.
- Emerson comes back to Brown & Plofker on Thursday, March 1 for a GNAC tilt against Regis (Mass.) at 6:00 p.m.
- Mount Ida heads into non conference tri-match play on Saturday, March 3 and will face Dean and Newbury College at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.
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