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After dropping the first two matchups of the week to ranked opponents, Emmanuel athletic teams rallied this week to win every game/match for the rest of the week, closing out a combined 5-2.
After falling 3-1 to Springfield College, the top-ranked team in the country, on Tuesday night, the men’s volleyball team recovered on Saturday to sweep their way through a tri-match at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in New York. In the opening match, the Saints topped Cairn University 3-0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-17) in impressive fashion behind 10 kills from senior outside Drew Jordan ’16. The Saints kept the ball rolling as they entered their second match against the host Dolphins, and again came away with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-13) victory. Jordan and classmate Barrett Wingard ’16 each finished with nine kills in the win, while senior middle Julian Hess ’16 added six kills on six attempts to finish with a perfect 1.000 kill percentage. Three matches are on the docket for the men’s volleyball team this week, starting with a Thursday night home match against Elms at 8:00 p.m. in the JYC Gym, followed up on Saturday with a tri-match at Lasell against the Lasers and the Mount Ida College Mustangs to kick off the team’s GNAC play.
The Saints women’s basketball team had a quiet week with just one game on the schedule, and the extra rest helped them pull off a huge 89-44 win over St. Joseph (Conn.) on Saturday afternoon. Forward graduate student Lena Negri led all scorers on the afternoon with 20 points, while center Mary McCarthy ’19 finished with career-highs in points (12) and rebounds (nine), coming up just shy of the double-double. The Saints have a pair of huge home games this week, starting off with a Tuesday night showdown with the first-place Monks of Saint Joseph’s (Me.) in the JYC Gym with important playoff implications on the line. The team will close out their week with a Saturday matinee against their rivals from Simmons College at 1:00 p.m.
The Saints men’s basketball team started off its busy three-game week with a hard-fought loss to 25th-ranked Wesleyan, but came back to win a pair of key GNAC tilts to close out the week. Tied at the half of a Wednesday night showdown with Saint Joseph’s (Me.), the Saints pulled away in the second half to top the Monks by a score of 73-61. Rashad Dixon ’16 led the Saints with 15 points (10 in the second half) in the winning effort. Four Saints finished in double figures on Saturday afternoon to lead the team to a 76-69 victory over Rivier. Will Jessup ’19 led the Saints with 18 points, followed by Kyle Davis ’16 with 13, and John Clay ’16 and Colin Cordero ’18 each adding 12. At 6-8 in conference play, the Saints are locked in a battle for the fourth seed in the GNAC playoffs and a chance to host a first round tournament game, and will look for a pair of wins this week when they take on Norwich on the road on Tuesday, before they return home to host Anna Maria on Saturday.
Results of Saturday’s men’s and women’s indoor track meet at Wesleyan University were unavailable as of Sunday evening, but the results of last weekend’s Southern Maine Invitational are now available. A pair of school records fell for the Saints at the USM Invitational that saw the men’s side finish in fourth place and the women in sixth. Chloe Pangonis ’16 broke a school record in the 800m that was set by Julie Young ’13 in 2011. Pangonis finished fourth with a time of 2:27.28 to qualify for the DIII New England Championship, and breaking Young’s record of 2:28.81. Cameron Anderson ’17 annihilated a nine-year EC record in the shotput with a throw of 41’3″, beating the record previously held by Brett Adell of 36’7″ from December 2006. The men’s and women’s indoor track teams return to action this weekend when they take part in the BU Dave Hemery Valentine Invitational on Friday and Saturday.
Curtis Fraser ’16 is a staff writer and the sports editor of the Hub. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.