EMU hosted a women's volleyball quad match on Saturday, taking on Guilford and Randolph in ODAC contests. Despite some exciting play, the day ended in disappointment with a pair of losses, likely eliminating the Royals from postseason contention.
Eastern Mennonite (8-18/2-8 ODAC) heads to Shenandoah on Wednesday before closing the season at rival Bridgewater next Friday.
Guilford 3, EMU 0
The absence of all-around player Hannah Johnson (Staunton, Va./Wilson Memorial) on both the offensive and defensive end was glaring against the Quakers. GC scored the first four points of the match, including landing a pair of aces, and ran away with a 25-11 opener.
The Royals had the second set tied at 8-8, and later had a 4-0 run to make things interesting, before falling 25-20. Set three was never in doubt with the Quakers clinching, 25-17.
Tarynn Clark (Goshen, Ind./Bethany Christian) had 12 digs.
Christian Ritter led Guilford with 14 kills and 18 digs.
Randolph 3, EMU 2
The Royals regrouped for the afternoon match against Randolph, using short runs to build a lead as big as 19-12. The WildCats made a quick comeback, however, using a 6-0 streak to get ahead, 22-21. EMU fought off one set point from their visitors before scoring three straight to grab the opener, 26-24.
The women had a nice 6-0 run early in the second, but lost momentum when Randolph's 6-1 outside hitter Autumn Troxell caught fire. The WildCats finished the set on a 19-5 tear, winning 25-14.
The momentum carried into the third with a lead as large as 13-6 for Randolph. They still led 17-12 when Clark dropped a pair of aces to cap a 4-0 jab. After two points for the visitors, Tori Wigley (Elkton, Va./East Rockingham) had a couple of aces in an 8-0 run, which finally got EMU in front, 24-19. A service error finally handed the win to the Royals, 25-21.
Randolph held a slight edge much of the fourth set, up to 20-16. The women scored the next three to get within one, but that would be as close as they would get. EMU fought off a pair of set points before Troxell landed a kill to earn a fifth set, 25-23.
The final set was full of swings in momentum. A 7-2 push put Randolph up 7-4, but EMU called a timeout and responded with five straight to get ahead 9-7 on a kill from Hoskins. The teams traded 2-0 runs, leaving the Royals with an 11-9 edge. Randolph flipped in front with four straight points, including the final two on aces. After one point for EMU got them back within 13-12, two more for the visitors left Yoder Arena in silence with a 15-12 final.
The WildCats landed four of the final seven points with ace serves. It was the Royals' fourth loss in four efforts this season at a five-set match.
Randolph also out-hit EMU, .158 to .090.
Andrea Troyer (Harrisonburg, Va./Broadway) had a breakthrough game, setting career highs with 10 kills and seven blocks. Playing in 11 of EMU's first 23 matches, the freshman had totaled just 10 kills and five blocks.
Erin Brubaker (Goessel, Kan./Goessel) added 10 kills. Moved to an outside position for the match, Yoder came in with eight kills and five blocks. Hoskins added seven kills and four blocks.
Clark led five Royals with double digit digs, as the libero racked up 33. It was a season high total of digs for any EMU player this year.
Carly Gingerich (Goshen, Ind./Goshen) had 29 set assists and 17 digs.
Wigley landed six of EMU's 16 aces.
Troxell led Randolph with 23 kills and 27 digs. Rebecca Lesnak had 17 high percentage kills.