Royals Sweep Two Matches On Saturday

Amy Goodman broke her career high for blocks against Hood. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Amy Goodman broke her career high for blocks against Hood. (photo by Scott Eyre)

Two matches. Two sweeps.

EMU's volleyball women hosted a tri-match on Saturday and took a pair of 3-0 wins from their visitors, Hood and Lancaster Bible, to improve to 5-2.

The Royals put together great numbers, combining for 14 aces against just six service errors for the day. The women combined for 12 blocks and hit .209 or better in each match.

EMU 3, Hood 0
That tone started early as Tori Wigley (Elkton, Va./East Rockingham) started the day with an ace and Amy Goodman (Midlothian, Va./Midlothian) added another for a quick 4-1 lead. With a 7-0 run, set one was quickly in the books at 25-14.

The Royals scored the first four in the second set and had a 10-0 run en route to a 25-15 win. They scored the first three in the final set and kept rolling to a 25-12 finish during a match in which they never trailed.

Hannah Johnson (Staunton, Va./Wilson Memorial) had 12 kills and seven digs, while Goodman finished with three aces and a career best five blocks. Freshman Sarah East (Washington, Va./Rappahannock County) had five kills and two aces. Wigley led the setting tandem with 17 assists.

Libero Tarynn Clark (Goshen, Ind./Bethany Christian) racked up eight digs and Ginny Sorrell (Spotsylvania, Va./Spotsylvania) had seven digs in two sets.

EMU 3, Lancaster Bible 0
Johnson and Andrea Troyer (Harrisonburg, Va./Broadway) teamed up for two blocks early against LBC, pushing the Royals ahead 7-1. The Chargers never got closer than five in the set before a 25-17 final.

An early kill gave Lancaster Bible the first point in the second set and EMU trailed for the first time all day. But the women responded quickly to get in front, and then unleashed a 9-0 run to roll to a 25-11 final.

The Chargers regrouped in the third and had their biggest lead at 11-8. Eastern Mennonite eventually tied the score at 13-13 and then took over with a 5-0 streak. Back-to-back kills from East and Abby Sherman (Bremo Bluff, Va./Fluvanna County) finished off the day, 25-20.

Johnson again led in volume with nine kills, nine digs and three blocks. Troyer and East each had four kills with no attack errors, and Troyer added a match high four blocks.

Clark had 11 digs and three aces to lead all players.

After a seven-match home stand to start the year, EMU finally hits the road on Tuesday, heading to Hollins University for their ODAC opener. Serve and serve receive will be key in the match, as the Royals and Hollins (6-3) are two of the best serving teams in the conference, with 74 and 82 aces, respectively.