By Adam Hallenbeck & Taylor Viles- 1851 staff
The men’s volleyball team came out victorious on Senior Night as the Lasers pulled away with a 3-0 match final (25-21, 25-23, 25-14) over Regis College in a GNAC conference matchup on April 4.
Junior Janci Soto and senior Andy Henriquez had strong nights for the Lasers as each scored 9.5 and nine points for the team, respectively. Soto lead the home team with nine kills on the night with a .231 kill percentage while Henriquez topped out at five kills, 24 assists, and a .750 kill percent- age on his final appearance on his home court. “We were focused on this match, we know the senior’s season is quickly coming to an end so we wanted to make sure they go out in the right style,” said Head Coach Dana Jones. The Regis Pride were led by Kostea Andreenko and Drew Beimel who each had 11 points for their team. Beimel also topped both teams in kills with 11, while first year Matt Ferrara would scoop up five digs in the loss.
The first set was kept close by Regis, but the atmosphere told a different story. The Lasers were in control on the floor as their strong attack sported a .431 team kill percentage. Henriquez commanded Lasell’s offense with precise sets throughout. “[We played] great. We played volleyball. Everybody passed, everybody blocked, everybody defended, and we executed on the offensive end,” said Henriquez. Soto benefited from the Henriquez output as Soto picked up six kills during the set.
The second set was evenly matched with Lasell pulling out a two point victory. “We played as a team [tonight], in the past, we sometimes haven’t, so it was really fun to see everyone be on the same page [and] working really hard,” said senior outside hitter Anthony. In a set filled with attacking errors on both sides, the Lasers let a seven point lead slip away before putting the Pride away with the two point decision.
Jordan Aprea assisted on the final point of the set while also picking up a team leading nine digs during the match. “[I] can’t complain at all. Getting a win on senior night… there’s nothing better,” said the team’s graduating libero Aprea on the victory. A difficult call was made by the line judge as the Lasers capped the second set with a strong kill by Conor Leary-Watson in the near side corner of the court.
The final set turned out to be the most commanding victory of the night. Lasell came out to an impressive 9-1 start helped by kills from four different Laser players. Regis broke the lead to six for a brief period but Lasell kept adding on points thanks in part to first year Devon Francis, who registered one kill and contributed strong plays during the second half of the set.
The men’s volleyball team sends off four seniors as Henriquez, Aprea, Nate Gallo, and David Anthony bid farewell to the team they’ve called family for the past four seasons. “I’ve given my knowledge these past four years…I think I’ve left an impact…so moving forward, I think they are going to be great heading into next season,” said Anthony.
All four seniors played major roles during their tenure. Henriquez became the third player in school history to record 2,000 career assists while also adding 274 kills and 457 digs. Libero Aprea was a two time All Conference team selection and became the first player in school history to record 1,000 digs. Gallo had a solid career as a Laser, registering 169 kills, 318 assists, and 323 digs and in 85 career matches, Anthony recorded 103 kills and 133 digs.
The team finished the season with a record of 13-17, losing in the quarterfinals of the GNAC men’s volleyball playoff tournament to Emmanuel College.
“I want to thank them for their time here and everything they’ve put into the program,” said head coach Jones. “I’ve been here since they were freshmen, it’s going to be different not to have them around. They’re the voice of the team either in the locker room or on the court. We are going to miss their presence as part of the team.