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Men's Volleyball

Emerson mens volleyball team setting up an attack.

‘It feels like it just started’: men’s volleyball season ends with Senior Day split

By Vivi Smilgius, Editor-in-Chief
April 6, 2022

Arm in arm with family and coaching staff, Emerson seniors Josh Elliot, Jackson Gordon, and Rory Dobbins walked onto the volleyball court for photos.  Behind the seniors, the walls of the Bobbi Brown...

Junior setter Jackson Gordan in the You Can Play games on March 19, 2022.

Men’s volleyball splits record in annual Pride-themed games

By Vivi Smilgius, Editor-in-Chief
March 23, 2022

The Emerson men’s volleyball team left Saturday’s “You Can Play” games with a split record, sweeping Colby-Sawyer College and losing to Regis College in a hard-fought five-set match. Played...

First-year setter Bayden Slavik scores a kill against Eastern Nazarene College.

Men’s volleyball struggle early in 2022 season

By Tyler Foy, Sports Editor
February 9, 2022

The Emerson men’s volleyball team lost its fifth consecutive game between Jan. 28 and Feb. 8, creating a rocky start to their 2022 season.  The Lions won their season opener against Nichols College,...

Sophomore middle/outside Neiko Pittman attempts a dig against Nichols College.

Men’s volleyball team victorious in home opener against Nichols College

By Tyler Foy, Sports Editor
February 3, 2022

The Emerson men’s volleyball team fought a back-and-forth match against Nichols College, rallying in the fourth set to secure its first win of the season. The Lions, who hadn't played a match since...

Mens volleyball player receiving a serve at practice on Jan. 25, 2022

Men’s volleyball team looking for win in first game since 2020

By Tyler Foy, Sports Editor
January 27, 2022

The men’s volleyball team is preparing to take on Nichols College on Thursday night for its season opener—which, incidentally, will be the team’s first match since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic...

The athletics departments partnership with PlaySiight will improve quality of streams and film for all sports including the production at the Bobbi Brown and Steven Plofker Gym.

Winter sports face an uncertain future amid COVID surge

By Tyler Foy, Sports Editor
January 13, 2022

The 2021-22 season for the Emerson Lions’ winter sports teams started off bright with electrifying performances in front of the home crowd at the Bobbi Brown and Steven Plofker Gym, but now face a similar...

The womens volleyball team is one of the 10 sports teams impacted by the decision.

Emerson cancels seasons for non-competing sports teams

By Christopher Williams, Sports Editor
April 5, 2021

Emerson canceled all non-competing sports seasons on Monday morning following guidance from the Boston Public Health Commission due to a rise in COVID-19 cases on campus and in the city, according to Athletic...

The event is entirely student-run, with Sam Willinger (center) leading the way.

SAAC, men’s volleyball team support LGBTQ+ athletes in You Can Play Week

By Joey DuBois, Deputy Sports Editor
March 31, 2021

You Can Play Week, an initiative spearheaded by the Student Athletic Advisory Council and the men’s volleyball team to promote safety and inclusion for LGBTQ+ athletes, is underway at Emerson this week.  It...

The womens soccer team was one of the 14 Emerson sports teams whose season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Student-athletes reflect on a year without Emerson sports

By Christopher Williams, Sports Editor
March 17, 2021

After returning to Boston from a preseason tournament in Arizona over spring break with the softball team last March, Sophia Cloonan eagerly awaited the beginning of her first season as an Emerson student-athlete—just...

Monday was the first of Emersons Counseling and Psychological Services three planned workshops on mental health in student athletes during the pandemic.

New event series aims to help student athletes grappling with mental health during COVID

By José Ríos
February 3, 2021

With the fall and winter sports season canceled and the future of the spring uncertain, Emerson Counseling and Psychological Services partnered with the Emerson Athletics Department to address the mental...

The mens 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 Fridays 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 Thursdays 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 mens 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...

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