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Men’s volleyball swept by conference opponent

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

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 handling error by the Lions. Outside hitter and defense specialist Danny Darress recorded a kill,...

Freshman volleyball player stands out above the net

Parker Gray totaled 83 kills through 11 games this    season.

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 up 10 kills in four of his last six matches, including a career-high 13 in the team's most recent...

Lions snap losing streak in straight sets

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

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 Ben Read sees the win as a way to help his players gain confidence going into conference play. “Our...

Lions swept in conference home opener

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

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 by Wentworth. After Wentworth took the lead with two kills, the Lions tied the set at 2-2 following...

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

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

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 Bisons, who beat them in their season opener on Jan. 23. Nichols took the first set, and although...

Men’s volleyball trounces Lesley for second win

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

By Kayla Buck

February 5, 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 junior middle blocker Matt Connolly and two service aces from senior defensive specialist Lucas Raa...

Men’s volleyball defeated by MIT in straight sets

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

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 first set. After a timeout from the Lions, the Engineers were able to extend the lead due to multiple...

Men’s volleyball sweeps Dean College for first win

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

By Brendan Walker

January 31, 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 four attacking errors from the Bulldogs. Lions head coach Ben Read pointed out Dean’s lack of...

Men’s volleyball searching for playoff success in 2020

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

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 next point and focus on what you can control," Read said in an interview. Senior co-captain and...

Men’s volleyball loses in conference quarterfinals to close season

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

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 the first day of practice to our first game, it was like night and day,” Read said...

Men’s volleyball loses fourth straight conference game

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

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 in the GNAC, but only the top six make it to the playoffs. The Lions have not missed the conference ...

Men’s volleyball senior sets new career milestone

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

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. Piorkowski leads the Great Northeast Athletic Conference with an impressive 4.14 kills per set an...

Men’s volleyball falls short in senior day doubleheader

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

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 the Wentworth Institute of Technology and Emmanuel College but still remain in playoff contention in...

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

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

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 was when a group of fans yelled at him after he kneeled during the national anthem at the beginnin...

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

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

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 Greater Northeast Athletic Conference play and rank sixth out of eight teams. The first set ag...

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

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

By Domenic Conte, Managing 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 to record 10 more attacks than the Saints. However, the Saints scored on 28.4 percent of their a...

Men’s volleyball opens conference play with loss against Lasell

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

By Domenic Conte, Managing 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 Lions entered their first conference game of the season as underdogs against Lasell, who ranked fourth on ...

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

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

By Maximo Lawlor

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 College and a loss against St. Joseph’s College. The double-header consisted of each team playi...

Men’s volleyball hopes to improve with four new players

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

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 play last season and made the playoffs for the ninth year. Emerson ranks sixth out of eight team...

Lions fall in GNAC quarterfinals

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

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 fell to No.3 Johnson & Wales University Wildcats 3-0 (25-15, 25-18, 25-16) to end the season ...

Freshman assists team and prospective students

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

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 regular season and played as a middle or on the right side. As the Lions’ regular season comes to...

Lions clinch GNAC playoff berth

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

By Dylan Rossiter, Operations Managing Editor

April 9, 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 with a win and loss, as they split a pair of games at Regis College’s Higgins Court. The ...

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

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

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 on to playoffs. So far this season, the Emerson team has played 15 matches with an overall record ...

Sophomore libero quarterbacks men’s volleyball

Sophomore Carl D'Aguiar (wearing #2) said he's focused on building team chemistry early this season.

By Dylan Rossiter, Operations Managing Editor

February 21, 2018

Carl D'Aguiar can’t roll out of bed, throw on a pair of boardshorts, and kick-start the day with a game of volleyball on the beach during Boston winters. Hardwood or sand, the sophomore libero knows how to lead his team on and off the court.  "[D’Aguiar's] been doing a great job for us this year," he...

Freshman setter earns consecutive GNAC honors

Marcus Cepeda collected 19 assists in Emerson's loss to Endicott on Tuesday.

By Joseph Davidi

February 14, 2018

Emerson freshman setter Marcus Cepeda is leading the men's volleyball team in assists and learning how to be a leader in the middle of the court. “It’s really weird because the setter position is supposed to be this leader role, and I’m supposed to be telling these seniors and these six-fo...

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