There is a spot in the top left corner of the volleyball court that women’s volleyball senior captain Jules Augustine said she loves to hit. She has hit it for four years now, to the tune of 1,025 kills, good for the most in team history.
Last year the Lions were 5-13, and this year they also won five games, with 11 losses after two games were cut from the schedule. But if you looked at Emerson’s record for each year and saw the number five indicating the amount of wins for both years, you wouldn’t know that the team had improved.
When legendary NBA writer Jackie MacMullan walked into the Semel Theater on Nov. 3, she gave a knowing wave to one of the fifty-some students gathered—her nephew, Lions pitcher Tim Mainella.
In its first postseason action since 2013, Emerson women’s volleyball left no doubt who the better team on the court was, defeating Morrisville State College in straight sets Wednesday.
“This team has evolved over the years and is making their own history in a very short amount of time and they’re proving that they can beat good teams,” Suvak said.
The Emerson men’s basketball team is trying to raise $25,000 for a trip to Los Angeles over winter break to give players’ families a chance to watch them play in person.
While Emerson’s fall sports teams have been playing through their last few regular season games, the softball and baseball players have been working to improve in the offseason.
Neverett said persistently saying yes to assignments, regardless of the sport, gained him experience and connections.
“I feel as though we’re just going to put ourselves out on that court; everything’s going to be out there,” Linzmeyer said. “We would all like to go out on a win this season.”
Letourneau said Rutan’s instincts, devotion, and drive to win made her one of the better players he saw come through the Lions’ program.
Both the players and the coach said this was the most important factor in the team’s budding success.
The objective for the team this year, Bochicchio said, is to improve on last year’s win total of five games.
The squad has three more regular season games, all against NEWMAC opponents.
“We thought we had a good shot at winning,” Furey said. “So it wasn’t really a surprise.”
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