Women’s Volleyball finishes regular season undefeated in GNAC

Kerry Howe

October 31, 2011

With rookie sensation Kat Rice '14 posting 19 kills and 5 blocks, the Emerson Women’s Volleyball team completed a perfect season in its conference Saturday afternoon as it toppled Mount Ida College 3-0 and Emmanuel College 3-1. Emerson finished 22-7 for the year and 13-0 in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC), securing the top seed and GNAC tournament hosting privileges.

The Lions started off strong against Mount Ida with a .387 attack percentage in the first set to blast out a 25-14 win. Emerson saw more resistance in the second set with Mount Ida posting a .130 attack percentage and a block, but ultimately the Lions pulled out a 25-19 win in the set to go up 2-0. Emerson took the last set 25-20 to close out its 12th win in conference play.

Alexa Krakowiak helped Emerson women's vollyeball complete a perfect GNAC season. She's pictured here at an match against Amherst College earlier in the season.

Two Emerson women had standout final statistics in the match. Alexa Krakowiak '13 proved invaluable in the game, swinging a lethal .583, which was only topped by Rice’s .625 in the match with 10 kills.

In the final regular season GNAC match-up, Emerson played host to Emmanuel. In the first set, Emmanuel hit a .324 attack percentage. The teams battled back and forth for leverage in the set and the Saints ultimately took the set in extra points, 27-25.

Set two was just as tough as the first, with Emmanuel hitting .364 as a team. The offensive force of the Saints was not enough to overpower the Lions’ tandem of Rice and Krakowiak, though, who had five blocks in the set, leading Emerson to take set two 25-22.

The Lions’ offense started to click into gear with Emerson hitting .243 as Madeleine Breeland’s '12 kill tally kept winding upward and Megan Kaplon '14 also put in the work on the offense to lead Emerson to a 25-23 win in the third.

Emerson defense slammed the door shut in the fourth set, finishing the match with 10 blocks and 92 digs while Katie Bailey kept Emmanuel on its toes with her 46 assists en route to a 25-17 final and perfect 13-0 GNAC season.

The Lions will now kick off the GNAC playoff tournament this week, hosting quarterfinals Tuesday (November 1) at 7:00 pm in the Bobbi Brown and Steven Plofker Gym, where they’ll face off against Johnson and Wales, whom they beat 3-0 in September.