Despite handling a long mid-week road trip well, the Eastern Mennonite University volleyball women dropped a crucial ODAC match at Emory & Henry Wednesday night, 3-1.
The defeat evens out EMU's overall record at 8-8 while their conference mark slides to 1-5. The Wasps improved to 2-4 in ODAC play.
After six straight matches away from Yoder Arena, the women finally return home on Saturday for Senior Recognition Day. EMU hosts Shenandoah at 1:00pm in a vital ODAC clash.
The Royals responded to the long ride to Emory with a strong start, making numerous three-point jabs in the opening set. Finally a 6-0 run landed the knockout as EMU started on top, 25-13.
Emory & Henry made quick adjustments in the second where they scored the first four points. Andrea Troyer (Harrisonburg, Va./Broadway) and Meredith Stinnette (Lynch Station, Va./Altavista) landed a block to complete a 6-1 run, however, bringing the women back to a 12-12 tie. The momentum was short-lived, as the Wasps landed a 7-1 streak to take over, 20-14, eventually winning 25-17.
Each team had sizeable runs in the third before the home team took control, breaking off a 16-16 tie with six unanswered points. EHC carried that to a 25-19 win.
Eastern Mennonite made the first move in the fourth set, jumping ahead 12-7. The Wasps quickly closed the gap to one at 14-13 and from then on, neither team led by more than two.
Emory & Henry eventually tied the score at 18-18 but the women scored twice to stay on top. Three straight for EHC flipped the advantage to 21-20 before the teams traded 2-0 runs. EMU's third 2-0 jab put them at set point at 24-23, but three in a row for the Wasps, including the final two on service aces, flipped the table for the final time in a 26-24 finale.
The Royals hit .151 as a team, compared to .186 for Emory & Henry. The biggest difference came in serving, where the Wasps dropped in 13 aces against only three for EMU.
Hannah Johnson (Staunton, Va./Wilson Memorial) led all players with 16 kills. Troyer contributed six kills and had a hand in all five of EMU's blocks. Sarah East (Washington, Va./Rappahannock County) also made six kills. Tori Wigley (Elkton, Va./East Rockingham) led the setting tandem with 22 assists.
Libero Tarynn Clark (Goshen, Ind./Bethany Christian) racked up 21 digs.
Chelsie Crussell led Emory & Henry with 13 kills, 11 digs and four blocks.