No. 15 Emmanuel sweeps Lasell
Updike collects 22 assists and help lead the Saints to victory
NEWTON, Ma. -- No. 15 Emmanuel defeated Lasell 3-0 using a strong service game and a balanced, efficient hitting attack to win in three sets 25-12, 25-15, 25-11. The Lasers finished the match with 15 kills on 71 attacks and battled inconsistency tallying 19 attacking errors, while Emmanuel had 29 kills and only 9 errors on 67 attacking attempts. The Saints also held a 15-2 edge in service aces to put the hosts on the defensive throughout. Lasell drops to 6-6 on the season and 1-4 in the GNAC, while Emmanuel improved to 6-8 overall and 5-2 in conference play.
Freshman Dan Raffol led Lasell with 5 kills and 8 assists, while the Saints middle hitter Tom McCaffrey and freshman outside hitter Ashanti Jackson collected seven and six kills respectively. Junior setter Nick Updike dished out 22 assists and picked up a season-high seven service aces on the night for Emmanuel.
The Saints broke open the first set with a 14-2 run that broke a 5-5 tie and cruised to a 25-12 win. The second set was again tight early, before a 10-4 run gave Emmanuel a 15-9 lead. The Lasers attempted to rally scoring two consecutive to cut the deficit to 15-11 but the Saints proved to be too strong, again closing out the set 25-15 to go up 2-0 in the match.
McCaffrey got his squad off to a fast start in the third set tallying 4 kills as the Saints ran out to an 11-0 lead. Lasell scored two of the next three points to briefly slow the visitors, but Updike scored five consecutive service aces as Emmanuel built their biggest lead at 19-2. The Lasers battled gamely down the stretch but were unable to rally back, falling 25-11, as Emmanuel closed out the match.
Along with his seven kills, McCaffrey ended the evening with a match-high 4 total blocks. Freshman outside hitter Zach Whitermore chipped in and got down for a game-high 12 digs.