Wins Over Lehman And Goucher Put Royals Back On Track

Hannah Johnson now has eight double digit kill efforts this season. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Hannah Johnson now has eight double digit kill efforts this season. (photo by Scott Eyre)

EMU's volleyball flipped their losing skid into a winning streak with two wins at a tri-match hosted by Goucher College on Saturday. The Royals swept Lehman before exterminating the host Gophers in four.

The women return home for three matches next week, starting with Lancaster Bible College Tuesday at 7:00pm. EMU hosts ODAC matches against Hollins on Thursday followed by Ferrum on Saturday for Homecoming.

EMU 3, Lehman 0
The Royals (5-14) snapped their eight-matching losing streak with an easy sweep of Lehman, led by a .301 attack percentage and a season high 18 service aces. Set scores were 25-15, 25-11 and 25-15.

Amy Goodman (Midlothian, Va./Midlothian) and Maria Yoder (Manheim, Pa./Hempfield) each landed five aces while Goodman smacked nine kills. Hannah Johnson (Staunton, Va./Wilson Memorial) led all players with 12 kills and a .526 attack clip. Erin Brubaker (Goessel, Kan./Goessel) put down nine kills at a .471 clip. Setter Carly Gingerich (Goshen, Ind./Goshen) put up 20 assists along with four aces.

Beck Hoskins (Danville, Va./Westover Christian Academy) had a hand on three blocks. Tarynn Clark (Goshen, Ind./Bethany Christian) led out of the back row with 10 digs.

Eriandna Vasquez topped Lehman with seven kills and six digs.

EMU 3, Goucher 1
The final contest of the day pitted two more evenly matched teams against each other. Goucher erased an eight-point deficit midway through the first set, ending on a prolonged 17-6 run to win, 25-22.

It looked like the Gophers had the momentum when they scored the first three in the second set, but a 5-0 run gave EMU a 17-15 lead and changed the flow. The Royals ended on a 6-1 tear to even things up, 25-21.

They build up a small margin in the third and then closed out a 25-22 decision with a big block and service ace.

Eastern Mennonite led by as many as nine in the fourth set before fittingly closing the day on an ace from Gingerich to win, 25-21. It was the Royals' 30th ace serve combined over Saturday's two matches.

Goucher actually out-hit EMU for the match, .182 to .125, but the women made the difference by landing 12 aces against just seven serve errors. The Gophers had four aces and 13 miscues.

Johnson made a monster effort, coming in with 13 kills, five aces and 18 digs. Brubaker put down 10 kills against just one error. Yoder was also efficient in her seven kills.

Gingerich finished with 25 assists, four aces and 14 digs. Clark picked up 15 digs.

Greta Coss led Goucher with 18 kills and 21 digs.