Miguel Taveras – 1851 Staff
The men’s volleyball team improved to an overall record of 6-5 after sweeping crosstown rivals Mount Ida on March 5 in straight sets to earn their first Great Northeast Athletic Conference victory of the season. Senior Alex Mill and sophomore Dan Raffol paced the Lasers with nine and eight kills, respectively, en route to their fourth victory in their last six games.
Senior Chris Burns, the GNAC leader in digs helped the cause with eight digs on the night. Lasell opened up the match in dominating
fashion and cruised to a comfortable 25-15 win in the first set. Mount Ida regained their focus and contested the Lasers mightily in the second set.
The set would be tied nine different times throughout. Deadlocked at 21 apiece, the Lasers rallied and tallied four of the last five points and took the set 25-22.
The third set was a bit of a back and forth game. The Lasers opened up a solid lead by winning 10 of the first 14 points scored. The Mustangs rallied back into the game and took the lead for the first by scoring 11 of the next 13 points. With Ida up 13-12, the Lasers regained their composure and took control as they won the third set 25-21, completing the sweep.
“The freshmen that got into the game played very well. We controlled the net and put up a great block,” said Burns about the team’s performance.
The Lasers will play two home games during spring break on March 19 against Rivier University and March 21 against Emerson College.