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The men's volleyball team won its first game of the season on Thursday Photo credit: Montse Landeros

Winter sports practices cancelled after uptick in campus COVID-19 cases

By Christopher Williams and Domenic Conte November 18, 2020

The Emerson Athletics department cancelled the remainder of sports practices this semester on Wednesday, due to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases on campus. Athletic Director Pat Nicol told The Beacon...

Sam Willinger (right) celebrates after scoring a point for the Lions last season.

Senior Spotlight: Willinger reminisces about career ahead of uncertain season

By José Ríos November 8, 2020

In his past three seasons as a Lion, senior men’s volleyball right side hitter Sam Willinger  worked diligently to change the team’s image and culture. He has managed to help create a more inclusive...

Junior outside hitter Samuel Willinger (left) totaled  seven digs in Friday's loss. Photo credit: Montse Landeros

Men’s volleyball swept by conference opponent

By Emily Cardona February 28, 2020

The men’s volleyball team lost its third straight conference game to Lasell University in straight sets on Friday, remaining winless in GNAC play. Lasell took a 2-0 lead in the first set after a ball...

Parker Gray totaled 83 kills through 11 games this    season.

Freshman volleyball player stands out above the net

By Alberto Gilman February 25, 2020

Going into high school, freshman middle blocker Parker Gray had several options on the table to play baseball in college. Four years later, he's starting on the Emerson men's volleyball team, putting...

Senior setter Lucas Raagas picking up one of his 19 assists on Friday night against St. Josephs. Photo credit: Montse Landeros

Lions snap losing streak in straight sets

By Megan MacLaren February 22, 2020

The men’s volleyball team swept the St Joseph’s Brooklyn Bears in three sets, breaking its two-game losing streak. While the Bears are not in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference, head coach...

The Lions are now 0-2 in conference after Thursday's loss.

Lions swept in conference home opener

By Caitlin Mitchell February 21, 2020

The men’s volleyball team lost its first home conference game of the season in straight sets to the Wentworth Institute of Technology on Thursday. The Lions led the first set 1-0 after an attack error...

Freshman middle blocker Parker Gray recorded 21 kills over two matches on Saturday.

Men’s volleyball splits double header, enters conference play 4-4

By Alberto Gilman February 16, 2020

The men’s volleyball team entered a double header on Saturday with a 3-3 record, looking to break above .500 for the first time this season. In the first match, the Lions faced the Nichols College...

Matt Connolly (center) totaled seven kills against Lesley on Tuesday Photo credit: Montse Landeros

Men’s volleyball trounces Lesley for second win

By Kayla Buck February 4, 2020

The men’s volleyball team won its second match of the season, defeating Lesley University in straight sets on Tuesday. The Lions began the first set with 13 consecutive points off of five kills from...

The Lion finished their opening homestand 1-1 following a loss to MIT in straight sets on Friday night.

Men’s volleyball defeated by MIT in straight sets

By Megan MacLaren February 1, 2020

The men’s volleyball team fell to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Engineers 3-0 in the second of their two back-to-back home games. The Engineers jumped out to an early lead during the...

The men's volleyball team won its first game of the season on Thursday Photo credit: Montse Landeros

Men’s volleyball sweeps Dean College for first win

By Brendan Walker January 30, 2020

The men’s volleyball team swept Dean College 3-0 on Thursday for its first win of the season. Coming off of a 3-0 loss to Nichols College on Jan. 23, the Lions started the match on a 5-0 run after...

The men's volleyball team lost in the first round of the NEWMAC playoffs for the third consecutive year last season.

Men’s volleyball searching for playoff success in 2020

By Pedro Figueiredo January 23, 2020

Head coach Ben Read wants to emphasize resiliency to this year's men's volleyball team. "We will do some fast-paced drills in practice that, win or lose, you just have to get up and get ready for the...

Senior Mark Piorkowski (right) finished his senior season averaging 4.10 kills per set—the most in the GNAC. Photo by Alexa Schapiro / Beacon Staff

Men’s volleyball loses in conference quarterfinals to close season

By Jake Peter April 16, 2019

The men’s volleyball team lost in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference quarterfinals for the sixth year in a row, but head coach Ben Read said the team experienced significant improvement this season. “From...

Senior Win Kittivatcharapong goes up for a spike against Johnson & Whales University on Thursday. Photo by Alexa Schapiro / Beacon Staff

Men’s volleyball loses fourth straight conference game

By Jake Peter April 5, 2019

The men’s volleyball team lost 3-0 to Johnson & Wales University, Rhode Island, on Thursday night in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference matchup. The Lions rank seventh out of eight teams...

Senior Mark Piorkowski booked his 1,000th career kill for the Lions in a game against Regis College on Tuesday. Photo by Alexa Schapiro / Beacon Staff

Men’s volleyball senior sets new career milestone

By Lara Hill April 2, 2019

Senior Mark Piorkowski, an outside hitter for the men’s volleyball team, reached one of the biggest milestones in his career when he made his 1,000th kill in a loss to Regis College on Tuesday night....

Senior Mark Piorkowski (left) is 4 kills away from hitting the 1,000 kill milestone. Photo by Alexa Schapiro / Beacon Staff

Men’s volleyball falls short in senior day doubleheader

By Lara Hill April 1, 2019

The men’s volleyball team honored seniors Jacob DiTore, Mark Piorkowski, and Win Kittivatcharapong on Saturday, March 30 for senior day. The Lions lost 3-0 in both matches of their doubleheader against...

Max Weltz (No. 3) joined Lucas Raagas (No. 11) in kneeling during the Anthem this season. Photo by Aaron J. Miller / Beacon Staff

Why we kneel: Volleyball players Lucas Raagas and Max Weltz make a statement

By Andrew Lin March 28, 2019

Although then-sophomore setter Lucas Raagas did not play on the court when the men’s volleyball team traveled to Quincy to face Eastern Nazarene College on Feb. 8 last year, what he remembers the most...

Senior Win Kittivatcharapong hits the ball through a Rivier University block in a 3-1 loss on Saturday. Photo by Alexa Schapiro / Beacon Staff

Men’s volleyball holds 1-5 record in conference play following doubleheader

By Aaron J. Miller, Print Editor March 23, 2019

The men’s volleyball team lost to Lasell College 3-0 and to Rivier University 3-1 in a conference doubleheader in the Bobbi Brown and Steven Plofker Gym on Saturday. The Lions hold a 1-5 record in...

Sophomore middle blocker Samuel Willinger (left) totaled 7 points on 23 attacks in the Lions' loss to Emmanuel College. Photo by Aaron J. Miller / Beacon Staff

Men’s volleyball 1-3 in conference play following loss to Emmanuel

By Domenic Conte, Magazine Editor March 15, 2019

The men’s volleyball team fell from fifth to sixth place in the conference after losing to Emmanuel College in three sets on Thursday night. Despite Emmanuel’s commanding victory, the Lions managed...

Sophomore Samuel Willinger (in white, left) and Senior Win Kittivatcharapong (in white, right) block an attack from Lasell. Photo by Tivara Tanudjaja / Beacon Correspondent

Men’s volleyball opens conference play with loss against Lasell

By Domenic Conte, Magazine Editor February 15, 2019

The men’s volleyball team fell to Lasell College three sets to one on Wednesday night in its Great Northeast Athletic Conference opener after not losing a set in their previous four matches. The...

Freshman Josh Elliot started as setter in both of Saturday's games. Photo by Daniel Peden / Beacon Staff

Men’s volleyball off to 1-1 start after double-header

By Maximo Aguilar Lawlor, Multimedia Managing Editor January 29, 2019

The men’s volleyball team began their season with many new faces in the lineup during their double-header last Saturday. The Lions are 1-1 this season in non-conference play with a win against Nichols...

Win Kittivatcharapong (center, No.18) strikes a volley over the net. Photo by Kyle Bray / Beacon Staff

Men’s volleyball hopes to improve with four new players

By Jake Peter January 22, 2019

The men’s volleyball team will aim for a longer playoff run in 2019 after losing in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference quarterfinals for the last five years. The Lions finished 5-9 in conference...

Joris Pijpers (center, No.12) pumps up the team prior to the game. Photo: Kyle Bray/Beacon Staff

Lions fall in GNAC quarterfinals

By Kyle Bray, Former Managing Editor: Visual and Design April 11, 2018

History repeated itself in Providence on Tuesday as the Emerson men’s volleyball team lost their fifth straight Great Northeast Athletic Conference quarterfinal playoff match. The No.6 seeded Lions...

Willinger (center) featured in all of the Lions' games this season as a freshman. Photo: Dylan Rossiter/Beacon Staff

Freshman assists team and prospective students

By Kyle Bray, Former Managing Editor: Visual and Design April 9, 2018

Freshman Sam Willinger is set to become a familiar face at Emerson College on and off the court. On the court, Willinger featured in all of Emerson men’s volleyball team’s 24 matches during the...

Emerson lost to Johnson & Wales in quarterfinals of the 2017 GNAC tournament. Photo: Kyle Bray/Beacon Staff

Lions clinch GNAC playoff berth

By Dylan Rossiter, Operations Managing Editor April 8, 2018

The Emerson men’s volleyball team is heading to the Great Northeast Athletic Conference postseason tournament for the ninth year in a row. The Lions, 5-9 in the GNAC, closed regular season play Saturday...

The men’s volleyball team is 2-4 in the GNAC with eight games remaining. Photo: Daniel Peden/Beacon Staff

Men’s volleyball notebook: Lions hope to host first round of playoffs

By Emily Mason March 22, 2018

The men’s volleyball team is moving into tougher competition in their season as conference play begins. From this point in the season on, every game counts towards determining the top six teams moving...

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