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Lions Outlasted by Wildcats in GNAC Quaterfinals

Lions Outlasted by Wildcats in GNAC Quaterfinals


Score: Johnson & Wales 3, Emerson 0 (25-15, 25-19, 25-16)

Records: Emerson Lions (12-10, 4-8 GNAC) ; 

Location: Providence, R.I. (Wildcat Center)

Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 

The Lead:  The Emerson Lions were downed in three sets in GNAC Quarterfinal Action in Providence, R.I. against the Wildcats of Johnson & Wales. 


  • Senior Captain Nick Rusk (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) led the Lions with a seven kills on 27 total attacks.  On the defensive end, Rusk had six digs. 
  • Lucas Raagas assisted on 17 kills for the Lions and had two digs.
  • The Wildcats were led by Dondre Crump who had 12 kids on 21 attacks.
  • Cameron Ponce had 34 assists for the Wildcats.
  • The Wildcats had a .354 kill percentage while the lions had a .052 kill percentage.


  • The Lions and Wildcats started trading points in the beginning of set number one before the Wildcats rattled off four in a row to open up a 7-3 lead.
  • Johnson & Wales doubled their lead at 16-10 as the Lions were unable to overcome the powerful attacks the Wildcats.
  • The Wildcats closed the first set out on a 9-5 run capped off by a solo block by Josh Pitzer to end the set with a final score of 25-15.
  • In the second set, Emerson jumped out to an 2-0 lead before losing the next four points.  
  • The Wildcats extended their lead to 10-6 before Emerson alley their first timeout of the game.
  • The timeout was well placed, as Emerson went on a 4-2 tun to get back into the set at 12-10, with a strong kill by Nick Rusk.
  • Johnson and Wales responded with a 6-2 run of their own, opening up an 18-12 lead after 30 points in the second set.
  • Emerson called another well placed timeout, taking four of the next five points, cutting the lead to 19-16.
  • Johnson and Wales closed out the game on a second 6-2 run of the set to take a 2-0 lead heading into the third set.
  • In the third set, the Lions saw more success through their serve and defense.
  • They jumped out to an early lead at 5-3 and traded points to a tie score at 9-9.
  • Johnson and Wales grabbed the lead quickly at 10-9 before Samuel Willinger (Golden Beach, Fla.) re-tied the set for the Lions at 10 a piece.
  • The Wildcats took the next three points forcing Emerson to take a timeout trailing 13-10.
  • Emerson went on a 4-2 run to cut the lead to 15-14.
  • The Wildcats saw the game out with a 10-2 run to win the game 25-16 and the match 3-0. 
  • The Lions season comes to an end at the hands of the Wildcats after a run into the GNAC playoffs.