BROOKLINE, Mass. - Lions junior Mark Piorkowski (Montclair, N.J.) finished with a match-high 14 kills, leading the Emerson Lions to a 3-0 (25-15, 25-15, 25-15) victory over the Newbury Nighthawks on Tuesday evening from Pappas Gymnasium in non-conference play.
Piorkowski was effective from the floor, hitting a season-high .600 on the night. Junior Win Kittivatcharapong (Bangkok, Thailand) finished with 10 kills on 14 attempts with one error to hit a match-best .643. Freshman Marcus Cepeda (Sacramento, Calif.) finished with a career-high 36 assists.
Nighthawks freshman Trevor Throne (Oxford, Conn.) finished with a career-high 10 kills and hit .304 from the floor. Freshman Rory Dobbins (Riverside, R.I.) added six kills while classmate Jeremias Soto (Lawrence, Mass.) matched a career-high with 22 assists.
The opening set started well for the Lions, who led 9-3 early with the help of some Nighthawk errors. Emerson was great in the opening set, finishing with 16 kills on 30 attempts with three errors as a team, hitting .433 on their way to a 25-15 first set win.
In the second, Emerson again was out in front early scoring seven of the first 10 points to lead 7-3. The Nighthawks responded to within three, but five straight points for the Lions, including a pair of kills for Piorkowski, extended the Emerson advantage to 15-7. The Lions were effective as a team, once again, finishing the set hitting .478 and winning it 25-15.
In the final set, the Lions and Nighthawks battled for position early to a 9-9 tie. However, control favored the Lions as they won five straight points to lead 14-9. Another Lions run, this one of 8-2 would put the set out of reach as the Lions led 23-14. A Piorkowski kill and Nighthawks error finished the set for Emerson 25-15.
The win moves the Lions to 3-1 while the loss drops the Nighthawks to 1-5.
The Nighthawks return to play on Feb. 14 at Mount Ida at 7:00 p.m. The Lions continue their season on Thursday as they travel to Eastern Nazarene.