Men's volleyball cruises past Emerson Lions
Coming off their loss this past Saturday against Stevens, the men's volleyball team took
a solid 3-0 win against the Emerson Lions at the Athletic Center.
The match began as a close battle between the two teams, with a score of 10-10 in the first set. The lasers were then able to grab the lead by scoring the following three points making it 13-10.
A 5-0 run by the Laser included kills from senior Jan Baranowski and sophomore Jordan Shinaut after the two teams traded the first seven points. Despite trading points throughout the set, the Lasers took the set 25-19, with another Shinaut spike securing the victory.
The second set was similar to the first. As the Lions led 7-6, the Lasers went on a 4-0 run to take the lead. Afterward, the Lasers piled on the points, winning the set 25-15 on a 13-4
The third set also had a tight start, senior Riley Grenier said, “The energy was super high going into the last set. Going up 2-0 in sets we were feeling very confident but knew we had to keep our foot on the gas because they are a good team and could have come back and won a set at any moment.”
The two teams were neck and neck with a score of 8-8. Sophomores Carter Phillips and Dexter Thomas, along with Shinaut each had eight kills to lead the Lasers. Freshman Jasper Schultz led the team with eight digs, and senior Jesus Garcia had the most set assists with 24.
Throughout the game, many of the points given to Emerson were due to Laser errors, however, the Lasers pulled through securing the victory.
In 10 days the Lasers will head to California for a tournament, Jesus Garcia says, “The spring break trip will be a good opportunity for us to prove that we still belong in the conversation on the national stage. Three of the four teams that we are playing are ranked currently or have been ranked earlier in the season. We have underperformed for parts of this season but this is a good opportunity to grab some quality wins.”
The Lasers' next game will be in Thousand Oaks California, on March 17th at 6 pm, where they
will first go against Nazareth and then St. Norbert at 9:00 p.m.