Men#039;s volleyball hangs close, can#039;t come up with win

by Beacon Staff • February 11, 2009

On Friday, Feb. 6, the Emerson Lions took on third-place Lasell, and gave the Lasers a run for their money early on. But, again and again, just as it seemed the Lions were in striking distance of a win, the Lasers went on a run and the Lions didn't have a savior to turn to.,In 2008, Phillies' closer Brad Lidge finished the season converting 48 saves in 48 opportunities. He was the first pitcher in Phillies history to be perfect in the late game situation, validating his nickname "Lights Out." When the game got tight, the Phillies knew who would get the ball, and they knew what the outcome would be.

On Friday, Feb. 6, the Emerson Lions took on third-place Lasell, and gave the Lasers a run for their money early on. But, again and again, just as it seemed the Lions were in striking distance of a win, the Lasers went on a run and the Lions didn't have a Brad Lidge to turn to.

"We kept getting away from our game plan and lost focus," said freshman captain and broadcast major Steve Selnick. "Every time we felt like we had a chance, they started running away with it and we just couldn't close it out."

In the first set, the Lions fought their way back to within three points of Lasell, down only 26-23. However, as was the theme of the night, Lasell ripped off four of the last five points en route to a 30-24 win.

Then in the second set, much like the first, the Lions came out of the gates strong, countering every Lasell serve, and keeping pace with the third place Lasers. However, with the game knotted at five a piece, the Lasers pumped out a 10-2 run to extend their lead, and then scored six straight shortly after, crippling the Lions and any chance of an Emerson victory.

"I've played a lot of sports, but this is easily the sport where momentum matters the most," said sophomore film production major Dean Dimitruk. "The most important thing is on the court when a team starts a run, knocking off five or six in a row, we have to be able to come back from that. We just have to come back and go on a run of our own."

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