Boston, MA – The Elms College men's volleyball team made short work of Emmanuel College on Thursday night. The Blazers swept the Saints 3-0 with set scores of (25-15, 25-16, and 25-21).
Elms pulled out to a quick 7-4 lead in the first set with kills by Luis Martinez (Bayamon, P.R.), Nik Bates (Hampden, Mass.) and Ben Laxton (Chicopee, Mass.) and never looked back. The Blazers held on to at least a three-point lead through the set to finish with a healthy win, 25-15.
Emmanuel was able to take an early lead in the second frame after two early kills, but the Blazers fired back with a 5 point run and took control of the set. Elms continued to take advantage of poor service and attacking errors by the Saints, closing the set 25-16.
The third set was the most competitive of the evening. A service error by Elms gave the home side momentum early, the Blazers shut down the Saints again, with another five-point run, led by two kills by Carlos Mercado (Barranquitas, P.R.) and one a-piece for Martinez and Laxton, 8-5. Elms went on to take a solid five-point lead through the middle of the final set, and continued to hold on to that lead, completing the three-set victory, 25-21.
The Blazers are back on the court Saturday 1/25 at 4PM when they host a Division I St. Francis Brooklyn.