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EC Athletics Weekly Recap: January 25 through January 31

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Senior Drew Jordan was key for the Saints as they opened up their season on a high note with a pair of 3-0 wins in their first three matches of the season this week. Photo courtesy of the Emmanuel College Athletic Department. Used with permission.

The calendar reads February, but the first sign of spring has shown its face on the EC campus, as the men’s volleyball team is now off and running on its 2016 campaign.

Senior outside hitter Drew Jordan ’16 came up huge for the Saints in the team’s season opener against Regis on Thursday, as he knocked down 16 kills in the men’s volleyball team’s 3-0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-18) victory. Junior setter Jorge Rojas ’17 was also huge for the Saints offense, picking up 32 assists in the win. On Saturday, the team split a tri-match at MIT, losing to the 13th-ranked Engineers 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-23) in the opener, before rebounding to beat Bard 3-0 (25-20, 25-14, 25-17) in the second leg. The team will open its home schedule this week, when it welcomes to the top-ranked team in the country from Springfield College to the EC Gym. The team will then travel to Riverdale, N.Y. to take on Cairn University in the Mount Saint Vincent Tri-Match on Saturday.

After a tough loss to the 23rd-ranked JWU Wildcats on Thursday, the Saints men’s basketball team rebounded on Saturday by picking up a key victory over Suffolk on Saturday 68-58. Senior captain John Clay ’16 finished the game just one point shy of a double-double, as he added 9 points and 15 rebounds in the win. Junior Kyle Smith ’17 was also huge for the Saints, as he added 12 points and 8 assists on the afternoon. The team returns to action for three home games this week, starting with 25th-ranked Wesleyan on Monday, followed by matchups against St. Joseph’s (Me.) on Wednesday and Rivier on Saturday.

A tough fourth quarter that saw the Saints women’s basketball team score just three points in ten minutes helped JWU pull off the upset over Emmanuel on Thursday, 54-44. The loss was the first regular season GNAC loss for the Saints since February 9, 2010, and snapped the team’s 68-game GNAC regular season win streak. The team started a new streak in its next game on Saturday however, when they went on the road to defeat Anna Maria 75-54. Graduate student Lena Negri led the way for the Saints, adding 17 points to go along with 15 boards for the Saints in the win. It will be a quiet week for the team, which takes to the court just once this week, when it travel to St. Joseph (Conn.) on Saturday.

Results for the men’s and women’s indoor track meet at the USM Invitational on Saturday were not yet available on Sunday night. Should these results be made available by next week’s Weekly Recap, the meet will be covered then. The team returns to action on Saturday when they head to the Wesleyan Indoor Invitational in Connecticut on Saturday.

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