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Men's Volleyball

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...

Scouting the freshmen: Setters could relieve pressure on Rusk

Scouting the freshmen: Setters could relieve pressure on Rusk

By Matt Couture

January 26, 2018

Emerson’s men’s volleyball team kicks off its season against Dean College on Feb. 1 in the Bobbi Brown and Steven Plofker Gym. Fans will get a look at the Lions’ four new freshmen, Marcus Cepeda, Matt Connolly, Joris Pijpers, and Samuel Willinger. The Beacon spoke to head coach Ben Read for a sc...

Schedule breakdown: Lions prepare for nationally ranked foes

Schedule breakdown: Lions prepare for nationally ranked foes

By Matt Couture

January 26, 2018

Head coach Ben Read said there’s no perfect method to scheduling preseason contests, but he hopes to create a balance as his team prepares for the season. “We do try to play some easier teams [so] that we can try some lineups out, build some confidence, and also get some tougher teams,” Read sai...

Season Preview: Men’s Volleyball ready to build on playoff run

Head coach Ben Read instructs junior Mark Piorkowski at practice. Photo: Daniel Peden/Beacon Staff

By Matt Couture

January 24, 2018

A year after finishing fifth in the GNAC and advancing to the playoffs despite key losses, Emerson’s men’s volleyball team finds itself pegged for an uncharacteristically low finish in the annual conference coaches’ poll—but players are setting the bar higher. The poll, released on Jan. ...

Fresh off senior season, former Lasell player joins Lions staff

New Lions assistant volleyball coach Tristan Davis, who played against Emerson’s men’s volleyball team in the GNAC last season, will work with both teams. ASHTON LYLE / BEACON CORRESPONDENT

By Jiwon Kim

September 27, 2017

This past spring, Lasell College senior Tristan Davis extended the Lasers’ lead to 17-10 in the final set over the host Emerson Lions with his 10th kill of the men’s volleyball match. Two months later, Davis exchanged his blue Lasell jersey for a purple Emerson polo. Fresh out of college, he is t...

Lions volleyball loses quarterfinal match

Team captain Nick Rusk (left) fired up his team after the second set.
EZEKIEL LEVIN / BEACON STAFF

By Libby Sweeney

April 12, 2017

After Emerson’s men’s volleyball team played its first two sets Tuesday night, it looked like a laptop that refused to connect to the internet—error after error after error. The fifth-seeded Lions faced fourth-seeded Johnson and Wales University on the road in the first round of the Great Northeas...