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Women's Volleyball Earn First NEWMAC Victory in Record Breaking Day

Photo Credit: Emerson Channel Sports
Photo Credit: Emerson Channel Sports

THE BASICS 

Score: Emerson 3, Mount Holyoke 0 (25-7, 25-15, 25-23)

Records: Emerson Lions (8-6, 1-3 NEWMAC) ; Mount Holyoke Lyons (6-5, 0-4 NEWMAC)

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018

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

The Lead: Seniors Moira Brennan and Fara Cohen earned career milestones in the doubleheader sweep for the Lions.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Moira Brennan (Glenview, Ill.) earned her 2500th assist as a Lion in the first set of the sweep, while Fara Cohen (Morristown, N.J.) earned her 1000th dig in the third set of the match.
  • Grace Tepper (Kensington, Md.) and Cohen paced the Lions with 10 kills a piece. Brennan had 32 assists in her record breaking match.
  • Cohen led the Lions in digs with 11, with the second to alst being the one that put her over 1,000.
  • The Lions as a team totaled 38 kills on 91 total attacks.
  • Sarah Bishop (Rutland, Mass.) and Jamesa Allen (Orlando, Fla.) each had seven kills to pace the Lyons while Sarah Caggiano (Leonardtown, Md.) had 6 of her own.
  • Brayden Walden assisted on 17 of Mount Holyoke's 25 kills on the day.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • In the first set, Emerson grabbed the early lead behind the serving of Kelley Guerra, who's serves won the Lions five of the first six points.
  • After trading points and going up 9-3, the Lions server came through again, this time it was Lauren Quan.  Quan got the Lions to a commanding 17-4 lead behind three service aces.
  • Mount Holyoke won the next three points, but Fara Cohen took the serve and never gave it back, giving the Lions a 25-7 victory in the first set.
  • The second set started as a back and forth affair, before Mount Holyoke opened up the game on the serve through Sarah Caggiano.  Caggiano led the Lyons to five straight points, openeing up a 8-3 lead.
  • Emerson fought back, tying the game and taking the lead through freshman Lauren Quan on the serve once again.  
  • Quan, Guerra and Jamie Groele's (Chelmsford, Mass.) serve gave Emerson a commanding 22-14 lead before they closed out the game at 25-15.
  • The third set saw both teams battling to get the victory.  No team had more than a four point lead throughout the whole set.
  • Emerson grabbed the first four points before a Sarah Bishop kill stopped the streak for Mount Holyoke.
  • The teams traded points and the game was tied at 21-21 late in the set.
  • Emerson took four of the next six points, capped off by a Fara Cohen kill to end the set a 25-23 and the match at 3-0. 

MATCH TWO (Emerson 3, Suffolk 0)

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Emerson continued their efficiency on the attack, grabbing kills in 34 of 90 total with Suffolk getting 30 on 92 total attacks.
  • Grace Tepper gave the Lions an offensive boost with 16 kills to lead the team.  Hannah Fabiano (Litchfield, N.H.) paced the Rams with eight.
  • Talia Lombardo gave the Rams 25 assists.  Moira Brennan assisted on 27 of 34 kills for Emerson.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Emerson's strong service continued into their second match, where Kelly Guerra opened the match on the serve for the Lions after thy won the first point.  The Lions won five straight points on Guerra's serve.
  • Suffolk grabbed the next four points to keep the match close at 6-4.
  • Emerson slowly built a lead behind solid defense and strong attacking plays, giving the Lions a commanding 21-13 lead.
  • Grace Tepper finished off the first set with a kill to give Emerson a 1-0 lead.
  • Jamie Groele did the same as Guerra, winning the first six points on the serve for Emerson. 
  • The Lions won two of the three after Groele's service, giving the Lions an 8-1 lead.
  • Suffolk stormed back behind Bridget Allison (Westford, Mass.), who had two service aces in a row.
  • The teams traded points but Emerson never gave up the lead in the second set, with the Rams getting as close as one point behind.
  • Grace Tepper ended the second set the same way she did as the first, with a kill.
  • In the third set, Emerson opened up a commanding 17-7 lead before the Rams roared back, cutting the lead to two at 21-19.
  • Jamie Groele's strong serve was useful again, helping Emerson secure four of the last five points to end the set at 25-20.

UP NEXT

  • The Lions continue NEWMAC Action against the Cougars of Clark University on Septmber 25th at 7:00pm in Worcester, Mass.