EMU's volleyball women suffered a disappointing ODAC loss at home Wednesday night, falling to Emory & Henry in three close sets.
The Royals drop to 3-10 overall and 0-3 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.
The women remain at home on Friday, hosting Methodist in a non-conference match, before going to Lynchburg for an ODAC tri-match on Saturday, playing the Hornets and Roanoke College.
Serving was key in the opening set, where Carly Gingerich (Goshen, Ind./Goshen) dropped in two aces as the Royals scored the first three points. EMU had five ace serves in the set, but couldn't stop the Wasps from finishing on an 8-5 run to win, 25-22.
Eastern Mennonite again tacked in the first three points in the second and jumped out to an 11-4 cushion. However, Emory & Henry answered with a 9-1 streak to get in front and the teams engaged in a wild back-and-forth of runs. The Royals had a 5-0 rally to rebuild a 20-15 lead and increased to a six-point margin at 23-17 before EHC unleashed a 7-0 run to erase the deficit and serve for set point at 24-23. A service error gave EMU hope, but the Wasps got back-to-back kills to close on another 9-1 tear for a 26-24 win.
The Royals had a small run midway through the third, but Emory & Henry landed a 5-0 jab to build a 20-16 margin, coasting to a 25-20 clincher.
The Wasps simply out-hit EMU, .226 to .114. Erin Brubaker (Goessel, Kan./Goessel) was the women's only consistent weapon as she landed a season high 10 kills. Hannah Johnson (Staunton, Va./Wilson Memorial) added eight kills and a team best 11 digs. Gingerich finished with 18 assists, nine digs and three aces.
Tori Holmberg led EHC's balanced attack with 10 kills. Setter Sam McCauley had 27 assists and six kills.