BOSTON — GNAC Rookie of the Week Ashanti Jackson recorded 15 kills and three blocks to pace No. 14 Emmanuel in a 3-0 win against Colleges of the Fenway rival Wentworth.
In a game that saw 10 ties, Wentworth jumped out to a 3-1 lead to start, and after the Saints came back to knot the score at five-all, the Leopards scored three of the next four points to take a 9-6 lead.
Three Emmanuel points tied the game for the fourth time in the early going and the teams traded points until the hosts took leads of 15-13 and 16-14. Emmanuel battled back to tie the game at 16-all before Wentworth would take a 19-17 lead.
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However, three-consecutive points gave the Saint a 20-19 lead. Then after Leopards than tied the game on an Emmanuel error, the Saints scored five of the final seven points to take a 25-22 win in set one.
After a pair of ties opened the second game, Wentworth would lead by as many as four points on four occasions, with the last one coming at 15-11. Emmanuel scored the next two points to cut the deficit in half before the Leopards scored five consecutive points to take a 20-13 lead.
The lead would grow to 24-16 before eight consecutive Emmanuel points staved off game point and tied the game at 24-all.
The two teams would battle through nine ties to keep the game going and each team had a chance to serve for the set. Trailing 33-32, the Saints scored the final three points to take a 2-0 lead with a 35-33 win.
Much like the first two games, the third began as a back-and-forth battle with the two teams trading points five times before Emmanuel broke a five-all deadlock by scoring eight of the next 10 points to take a 13-7. Wentworth pulled within three at 17-14, but that would be as close as the Leopards would come as the Saints prevailed, 25-21.
Tom McCaffrey added nine kills in 12 swings for the Saints, while Ben Mathews and Jackson each recorded five digs. Zack Whitermore and Nick Updike had two aces apiece. Updike led the Saints with 41 assists in the win.
Ross Burdett paced the Black & Gold with 13 kills and seven digs, while Mike Buonincontra added six kills and seven digs. Tyler Moriarty had four blocks, a pair of aces and 33 assists.