On Thursday night, the men’s volleyball team faced off against the Nichols College Bison for its second consecutive game at the Athletic Center. The No. 15-ranked opposition came out strong, grabbing an early lead in the first set. The Lasers had trouble getting into a good rhythm at the start of the game, and the Bison had no problem taking advantage. The visitors extended their lead throughout the first, but the Lasers were able to make it a close one. Unfortunately, Lasell's early miscues were too much to overcome, and the Lasers fell short 25-22.
In the second set, the Bison once again came out strong, but it looked like the Lasers had begun settling down. The set did not go the Laser’s way, however, as the bad sequences out-numbered the good. Midway through, the men’s volleyball team found itself down by one point. Suddenly, frustration started to set in on the Lasers’ sideline. The team looked frazzled, and never asserted themselves during the second set. What little momentum they had going into the second was all but gone. The Lasers fell once again, 25-21.
During the third set, the Lasers played with speed and anticipation. As they strung together some great plays, the home team began giving the crowd something to cheer about. The Lasers laid out their competitive fire and made the game truly electrifying. Making quick work of the Bison in a 25-15 victory led to a change in tension throughout the building.
Unfortunately, amid a chaotic fourth set, the Bison remained resilient, shutting down the Lasers and never allowing them to reboot. There was a sliver of hope down the stretch, but it ran out quickly as the Bison generated an offensive stampede. The Lasers lost 25-20, bringing them to 5-5 on the season.
The men’s volleyball team will continue to battle through a daunting part of its schedule, as it heads on the road and plays No. 1-ranked Wentworth next Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Lasers will then return to the Athletic Center on Friday, Feb 16, against Vassar, also beginning at 7 p.m.