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Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

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...

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...

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...

The NEWMAC canceled all spring sports seasons on Thursday.

NEWMAC cancels spring seasons, Emerson ends non-conference competition

By Ethan McDowell, Sports Editor
March 12, 2020

The college plans to cancel all non-conference athletic games starting Monday after the NEWMAC announced it was canceling all conference games starting Monday, officials said. The New England Women’s...

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 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...

The Lions huddle before tip off in a game against Wheaton on Jan. 23. Photo by Daniel Peden / Beacon Staff

Bill Gould wins Coach of the Year award for women’s basketball

By Aaron J. Miller, Print Editor
February 28, 2019

Women’s basketball head coach Bill Gould received the conference Coach of the Year award this season for his accomplishments in leading the Lions to an undefeated home record. In his eleventh season...

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, Sports Columnist
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...

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...

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, Emerson '21
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...

Marcus Cepeda collected 19 assists in Emersons loss to Endicott on Tuesday.

Freshman setter earns consecutive GNAC honors

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...

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

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

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...

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