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Women’s volleyball seniors reflect on shortened careers

Senior Grace Tepper (right) totaled 1,024 kills through her three seasons with the women's volleyball team.

By Tyler Foy

September 23, 2020

Last fall, the women’s volleyball team shocked the conference. In the two games leading up to their first ever NEWMAC championship game, in their first ever NEWMAC playoff run, they fought back from being two sets down and won as underdogs.  Seniors Albany Alexander and Grace Tepper thought they would get...

College announces decision to cancel fall sports

College announces decision to cancel fall sports

By Lara Hill and Emily Cardona

July 14, 2020

The college announced its decision Tuesday afternoon to cancel all competitive sporting events for the fall 2020 athletic season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an announcement from Vice President and Dean of Campus Life Jim Hoppe and Associate Dean and Director of Athletics Patricia Nicol. ...

Women’s volleyball delivers most successful season since joining NEWMAC

The women's volleyball team lost 3-0 in the NEWMAC Championship. Cho Yin Rachel Lo / Beacon Staff

By Lara Hill

November 14, 2019

The women’s volleyball team finished its season with a 6-4 conference record, its highest win total since joining the NEWMAC in 2013.  After playing in their first ever NEWMAC playoffs, the Lions fell to nationally ranked Babson College 3-0 in the championship. The Lions entered this season with...

Women’s volleyball swept in conference championship

The Babson Beavers defeated the Emerson Lions 3-0 in the NEWMAC championship. Lara Hill / Beacon Staff

By Aaron J. Miller, Print Editor

November 9, 2019

The women’s volleyball team lost to the reigning conference champion Babson College 3-0 in the NEWMAC Championship game on Saturday afternoon. This is the second season in a row the Babson Beavers won the title and the sixth consecutive year they advanced to the NCAA tournament. The Lions entere...

Comeback victory sends women’s volleyball to NEWMAC championship

The women's volleyball team advanced to the NEWMAC championship game on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. Montse Landeros / Beacon Staff

By Aaron J. Miller, Print Editor

November 8, 2019

The women's volleyball team will advance to the NEWMAC playoff championship game for the first time in program history following a comeback victory against Wellesley College in the semifinals on Thursday. This is the second game in a row the Lions won after falling to an early 2-0 deficit. The team...

Lions upset MIT, pull off comeback for first NEWMAC playoff win

Junior outside hitter Grace Tepper (center) recorded 23 kills in the Lions win against MIT. Rachel Lo / Beacon Staff

By Aaron J. Miller, Print Editor

November 6, 2019

The women’s volleyball team defeated the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the NEWMAC playoff quarterfinals after coming back from a 2-0 deficit for its first playoff win since 2016. Before the game, the Lions ranked sixth in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference standings...

Women’s volleyball clinch spot in playoffs

The women's volleyball team clinched the sixth the seed in the NEWMAC playoffs. Rachel Lo / Beacon Staff

By Ethan McDowell

November 2, 2019

The women’s volleyball team will set their sights on a playoff run after defeating Springfield College in four sets on Saturday.  The Lions clinched the sixth seed in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference playoffs with the win. The NEWMAC preseason poll placed the Lions eigh...

Sophomore recovers from season ending injury with award winning year

Sophomore Carolyn Vaimoso (left, airborne) averaged 4.5 kills per set before her season ending injury last year. Carol Rangel / Beacon Staff

By Kyle Bray, Former Managing Editor: Visual and Design

October 31, 2019

As Carolyn Vaimoso lay on the court after falling in the first set of a conference matchup against Coast Guard in September 2018, the only thing going through the then freshman’s head was that she definitely was not injured.  “I have this dumb mentality that I never get injured, because I had never...

Lions drop close conference game at MIT

Freshman Rebecca Polsky hits the ball over the MIT blockers. Carol Rangel / Beacon Staff

By Aaron J. Miller, Print Editor

October 29, 2019

The women’s volleyball team lost to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology but the Lions stayed positive throughout the game. “They just love to have fun, and we know when we make a mistake, but we don’t have to be on each other about it,” head coach Ben Read said in a post-game interv...

Women’s volleyball defeats Brandeis on senior day

The women's volleyball team notched its 17th win of the season on senior day. Rachel Culver / Beacon Staff

By Ethan McDowell

October 26, 2019

The women’s volleyball team recorded its second consecutive victory Saturday after they defeated Brandeis University 3-1 on senior day. In the ceremony before the match, the Lions’ only senior, outside hitter Jessica Braunstein, received recognition for her athletic achievements while her teammates...

Tepper leads women’s volleyball past Rivier

Tepper leads women's volleyball past Rivier

By Domenic Conte, Managing Editor

October 24, 2019

The women’s volleyball team bounced back from a 3-1 loss at Endicott College with a 3-0 win over Rivier College behind junior outside hitter Grace Tepper’s 20 kills.  “Offensively she’s a beast,” head coach Ben Read said in a post-game interview. “She plays high above the net, just h...

Women’s volleyball cruises to fourth straight win

Freshman Caroline Bond (center) led all players with 20 assists. Rachel Lo / Beacon Staff

By Ethan McDowell

October 19, 2019

The women’s volleyball team won their fourth straight match in a 3-0 sweep of the University of New England on Saturday.  The Lions started off the first set 6-0 and never trailed. Senior outside hitter Jessica Braunstein credited the team’s energy for their strong start.  “Everyone was just ...

Women’s volleyball sweeps Simmons for third straight win

The women's volleyball team won its 14th game of the season with the victory over Simmons College. Carol Rangel / Beacon Staff

By Ethan McDowell

October 17, 2019

The women’s volleyball team defeated Simmons College 3-0 in a match where the Lions won each set by at most four points.  Going into Thursday, the Lions held a 13-5 regular season record after winning seven out of their last eight matches. Simmons College provided a challenging non-conference m...

Women’s volleyball continues conference win-streak

Junior outside hitter Grace Tepper spikes the ball over the net. Rachel Culver / Beacon Staff

By Hanna Hill

October 6, 2019

The Lions defeated Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a 3-0 sweep Saturday afternoon. This is the fifth win in a row for the Lions and fourth conference win of the season.  In the feat, freshman setter Caroline Bond totaled 7 hits and 31 assists.  “Today was a pretty exciting win for us,...

Freshman setter controlling offense early in career

Caroline Bond (left, No. 20) sets the ball for an Emerson outside hitter. Photo by Rachel Culver / Beacon Staff

By Ethan McDowell

October 2, 2019

When the women’s volleyball team lost its first two conference matches of the season, Caroline Bond said she refused to panic.  The Lion' freshman setter dominated the team’s next three games on her way to a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week award. Sh...

Lions sweep Clark for third conference win of the season

After its win against Clark University, the women's volleyball team ranks fifth in the NEWMAC. Rachel Culver / Beacon Staff

By Ethan McDowell

October 1, 2019

The women’s volleyball team never trailed on the way to its fourth consecutive victory in a three-set win against Clark University. Coming off of an upset win over Babson College, the Lions carried that momentum into their two other games this past week and won both in three-set sweeps. Head coac...

Women’s volleyball defeats nationally ranked Babson

The Lions defeated nationally ranked Babson College and celebrated on the court. Cho Yin Rachel Lo / Beacon Staff

By Ethan McDowell

September 25, 2019

The Lions ended their two-game losing streak Tuesday night in dramatic fashion against one of the nation’s top-ranked teams. Following the deciding point of the game, the Lions cleared the bench to celebrate their first conference win of the season. Babson College came into the game with an 11-0 recor...

Women’s volleyball swept in conference opener

Junior Albany Alexander totaled two kills in the conference game against Wellesley. Tivara Tanudjaja / Beacon Correspondent

By Ethan McDowell

September 18, 2019

The women’s volleyball team started four freshmen on Tuesday against Wellesley College, a team with two freshmen on their entire roster, and lost 3-0 in its first New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference and home game of the season. The Lions played their first eight games on the road and had a r...

Women’s volleyball looks to rebound after 2018 season

The women's volleyball team had an overall record of 15-14 last season. Anissa Gardizy / Beacon Staff

By Lucas Poyser

September 14, 2019

As the women’s volleyball season commences, the team looks to focus on its young core’s energy to carry them through the year.  In 2018, the team had an overall record of 15-14 and finished ninth in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference with a record of 2-8. The Lions won off of the co...

Tepper on top of her game ahead of conference matches

Junior captain Grace Tepper (center, No. 8) leads the NEWMAC in kills and kills per game. Anissa Gardizy / Beacon Staff

By Nick Rempe

September 11, 2019

Conference matches are quickly approaching, and junior outside hitter and captain Grace Tepper is sitting atop the leaderboards after capturing her third career Lion of the Week award last week.   Tepper received the honor after she led both the Lions and the New England Women’s and Men’s Athle...

Women’s volleyball awarded with academic excellence

The women's volleyball team begins conference play Tuesday, Sept. 17. Photo by Anissa Gardizy / Beacon Staff

By Peirce Eldredge

September 2, 2019

The American Volleyball Coaches Association honored the women’s volleyball team for academic excellence in the 2018-2019 school year.  "The AVCA honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cu...

Women’s volleyball looks to future after tough season

Freshman Lauren Quan prepares to hit the ball. Photo by Anissa Gardizy / Beacon Staff

By Maximo Lawlor

November 5, 2018

Women’s volleyball wrapped up a season filled with injuries, but sit with their eyes set on a successful future. The women’s volleyball team finished with an overall record of 15-14, an improvement from 13-14 last year. The Lions placed ninth out of 11 teams in the New England Women’s and M...

Fall sports honor seniors with pregame ceremonies

The women's soccer team celebrates senior Kira Venturini's opening goal on senior day. Photo by Anissa Gardizy / Beacon Staff

October 25, 2018

By Aaron Miller and Kyle Bray The soccer and volleyball teams celebrated the achievements and careers of their senior players last Saturday with food, posters, and cardboard cutouts of players' heads. While the men’s soccer team suffered a loss against Wheaton College, the women’s soccer and volley...

Playoff roundup: Women’s soccer only Emerson team in playoffs

Women's soccer celebrates after clinching a spot in the NEWMAC playoffs on senior day. Photo by Aaron Miller / Beacon Staff

By Domenic Conte, Managing Editor

October 22, 2018

As the fall sports regular season concludes, only the women’s soccer team will compete in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference playoffs. The women’s team clinched the playoffs following a 3-2 victory over Babson on Oct. 20. The team ranks fourth out of eleven in the conferen...

Soccer, volleyball to honor seniors Saturday

Senior Jess Frost leads the women's soccer team in scoring with 15 points. Photo by Anissa Gardizy / Beacon Staff

By Andrew Lin

October 16, 2018

The soccer and volleyball teams will honor their seniors when all three teams play at home on Oct. 20.  Men’s soccer will play Wheaton College at 1 p.m. followed by the women’s soccer game against Babson College later at 4 p.m. on Rotch Field. Women’s volleyball will host Framingham Sta...

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