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Men’s Volleyball Splits Opening Tri-Match of 2019

Men’s Volleyball Splits Opening Tri-Match of 2019

THE BASICS

Scores: Match One: Emerson 3, Nichols 1 ( 25-22, 25-22, 19-25, 26-24)
Match Two: St Joseph's (L.I.) 3, Emerson 0 (25-8, 25-19, 25-19)

Records: Emerson Lions (1-1, 0-0 GNAC NEWMAC) ; Nichols College (0-2, 0-0 NECC) ; St. Joseph's College (LI)  (3-1, 0-0 Skyline) 

Location: Boston, Mass. (Brown & Plofker Gym)

Date:
 Saturday, January 26, 2019 

The Lead: Mark Piorkowski paced Emerson with a total of 37 kills between the two matches to help the Lions to an opening day split against Nichols and St. Joseph's.

 

Match One: Emerson 3, Nichols 1 ( 25-22, 25-22, 19-25, 26-24)

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Mark Piorkowski (Montclair, N.J.)  paced all players with 24 points while taking part in all four sets.
  • Piorkowski had 21 kills, 10 digs, two aces, and two block assists.
  • Josh Elliot (Swedesboro, N.J.) was the leading passer for Emerson, totaling 22 assists.  Lucas Raagas (Cambridge, Mass.) was close behind with 16 assists of his own.
  • Defensively, Piorkowski led the Lions with 10 digs while fellow captain Jacob DiTore (Salem, N.H.) had nine in the victory.
  • Collin Hunter and Ray Wang each had 19 points for the Bison, with Wang leading the way with 19 kills.  Hunter led the team defensively with 12 digs as Oscar Chavez had 11 of his own for the Bison

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • All four sets were back and forth affairs for both teams.
  • In the first set, Emerson took their largest lead on a Hunter attack error, leading the game at 12-7 just 19 points in.
  • Nichols fought back, bringing the first set to a one point game at 21-20 on a Hunter service ace.
  • Emerson kept the foot not he gas, scoring four of the next six points to take the set 25-22 on a Piorkowski kill assisted by Raagas.
  • The second set was similar, with the Lions and Bison knotted at 10 after twenty points were played.
  • Matt Connolly (Haverhill, Mass.) took the serve for Emerson, with the Lions scoring the next seven points.  Connolly totaled three service aces in the run.
  • Nichols came back, cutting the lead to one point at 21-20 once again, but Emerson again scored four of the next six points, capped off by a Win Kittivatcharapong (Bangkok, Thailand) kill to give the Lions the 2-0 lead in sets.
  • Nichols came out strong the third set, keeping the game close and knotting it back up at 15 all on a Hunter kill.  
  • The Bison went on a 10-4 run, closing out the set on a Kevin Keohane service ace.
  • Emerson and Nichols played a tight fourth set as well, with the Lions and Bison being consistently tied throughout the set.  After being knotted at 24-24, Nichols called a timeout.  Emerson came out of the timeout and scored the next two points, capping off the match on a Piorkowski kill.



Match Two: St Joseph's (L.I.) 3, Emerson 0 (25-8, 25-19, 25-19)

BY THE NUMBERS

  • Mark Piorkowski led the Lions in points again with 16.5 in the match.  He had 16 kills, six digs, and one block. He had a .174 hitting percentage.
  • DiTore and Jonah Higoanna (Okinawa, Japan) were strong defensively, with nine and eight digs respectively.
  • Josh Elliot paced all passers for Emerson again with 13 assists.  Once again, Raagas was close behind with nine of his own.
  • Kyle Biggers paced the Golden Eagles with 8 kills on 11 total attacks. 
  • Danny McNamara had 9 digs for St. Joseph's.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • After defeating Nichols, St. Joseph's came out firing in the first set against Emerson.
  • The Golden Eagles scored 15 of the first 18 points, taking a controlling 15-3 lead in the first set.
  • The Golden Eagles finished out the game on a 10-5 run, winning the first set 25-8.
  • The second set was much closer, with Emerson staying in within striking range the whole time.
  • Emerson was a point behind at 14-13, before St. Joseph's went on a 6-3 run to take a 20-16 lead.
  • The Lions were unable to overcome the deficit, falling 25-19 in the first set.
  • The third saw was much of the same, with the Lions keeping the score close early.
  • After the score was knotted at 6-6, Emerson fell behind on a 18-8 run, with St. Joseph's being one point from victory.
  • Emerson continued to fight, winning the next five points and cutting the lead to five at 24-19.
  • The Golden Eagles grabbed the next point, defeating the Lions 25-19 and 3-0 on the match.