Brianna Robbins – 1851 Staff
The men’s volleyball season came to an end at the hands of Johnson & Wales on April 9. The 3-2 defeat was in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) semifinal playoff game.
The first set was relatively close, as the Wildcats largest lead was seven. The Lasers couldn’t grab a lead, as Johnson & Wales won the first set, 25-19.
The second set was once again closely contested throughout, but Lasell managed to grab the first and only lead of the set. The Lasers narrowly won the second set, 25-22.
Set three was nearly identical to the second, as the Lasers took the set, 25-22.
Lasell couldn’t close the match in the fourth set, as Johnson & Wales captured the fourth. The Lasers held a 14-13 lead, but the
Wildcats strung together a 7-0 run and didn’t look back, tying the sets at two a piece.
The Lasers never led in the fifth and final set, as Johnson & Wales ended the Lasell season with a 15-11 set victory. Sophomore Dan Raffol led the Lasers with 20 kills.
Although a deep playoff run wasn’t achieved, the 2013 men’s volleyball season
had its highlights. The squad featured seven returning players, while nine new players (eight freshmen) were added to the roster. “The numbers make a big difference,” said senior Captain Alex Mill. “The energy on the bench is incredible.”
Some of the new members included freshmen Drew Caruso and Ryan Jackson.
“The biggest hurdle was getting the young guys to our level and they are there,” said Mill. “They are right at the pace of the game.”
The team came back this year with strong performances from sophomore Dan Raffol and senior Chris Burns. Raffol finished the season with 229 kills, placing him in the top five in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference. Burns finished in the top three in the conference with 242 digs and an average of 2.42 digs per set.
The team finished in 5th place for the season to help them move onto the GNAC Quarterfinals. With the loss to Johnson and Wales, the team closed the season with a 13-15 record. Next year the team will be losing their two starting senior captains in Mill and Burns.