BROOKLINE, Mass. - Lions sophomore Mark Piorkowski (Montclair, N.J.) finished with a team-high nine kills, in a balanced attack match for the Emerson College Lions, who took down the Newbury Nighthawks 3-0 on Tuesday night at Pappas Gymnasium, with sets scores of 25-14, 25-12, 25-23.
Sophomore Win Kittivatcharapong (Bangkok, Tha.) finished with seven kills for the Lions. Freshmen Diego Garcia (Honolulu, Hawaii) and John Bucy (McLean, Va.) finished with six kills each. Garcia and Piorkowski also added two service aces each.
For the Nighthawks, junior Joshua Thorne (Oxford, Conn.) posted nine kills and 10 digs on the evening. Freshman Matt Sepe (Cranston, R.I.) finished with five digs and a career-high six blocks, including two solo blocks. Freshman Oscar Chavez (Independence, Ore.) finished with 11 assists.
The opening set started with the two sides trading points, but the Lions would strike the first major run, scoring eight of nine points to jump ahead 13-5. Garcia scored four points in the run for Emerson. The Nighthawks could only pull within six before Garcia put the opening set away, 25-14.
The Lions struck quickly in the second set, opening the second with a 15-6 lead. Thorne would keep the Nighthawks within striking distance at that point, but six straight Lions points, including two Piorkowski aces, would allow Emerson to pull away, 23-10, and close the set, 25-12, on two aces from junior Stig Regan (Kailua, Hawaii).
The third again started in Emerson's favor, who seemingly wouldn't let the Nighthawks within four until the middle of the set. At 14-10 Lions, the Nighthawks struck with four straight points to tie the match at 14-14.
The sides again traded points to the 20-20 mark, but the Lions again managed to seize momentum, scoring on two Newbury errors to lead 22-20. The Lions saw the match out with kills by Kittivatcharapong and Piorkowski, and a late Nighthawks error sealed the third set for the Lions, 25-23; giving them the three set victory.
Emerson improves to 4-1 with the victory while the Nighthawks hunt for their first win of the season; now at 0-3. The Lions look to continue the strong start to the season, facing Dean College on Thursday night. For the Nighthawks, they hit the court Monday, Feb. 13, hosting Pine Manor College at 5:00 p.m.