It was a Senior Day sweep for the Eastern Mennonite University volleyball women on Saturday, running a 3-0 win over Shenandoah. The Royals improve to 9-8 overall and 2-5 in the ODAC as they snap a four-match losing skid.
EMU stays at home for their next match, a tough contest with ODAC-leading Bridgewater (17-1/6-0 ODAC). Wednesday's match in Yoder Arena starts at 7:00pm.
Despite the pregame Senior Recognition ceremonies, the Royals started quickly with a 9-2 lead. The margin grew to as big as nine point before SU made a comeback. The visitors got within two a handful of times but would get no closer before a kill from senior Meredith Stinnette (Altavista, Va./Altavista) finished off a 25-22 opener.
In a nearly identical start, the women jumped ahead 7-1 in the second and led 14-6. The Royals kept the pedal to the metal this time, however, speeding to a 25-12 win.
Set three was a back-and-forth battle early. EMU led 9-7 before a 4-0 jab put SU on top. The Hornets earned their biggest lead of the day at 16-13. A timeout and big block from Amy Goodman (Midlothian, Va./Midlothian) and Sarah East (Washington, Va./Rappahannock County) changed the momentum, and the Royals simply dominated from there, closing on a 12-2 streak to win, 25-18.
Eastern Mennonite hit. 208 as a team, led by 13 kills from Hannah Johnson (Stainton, Va./Wilson Memorial). The sophomore added a match high 18 digs and 20 good service receptions. Senior Kara Durren (Gloucester, Va./Gloucester) landed eight kills with no errors for a .533 attack clip. Goodman added nine kills and Stinnette finished with six.
Andrea Troyer (Harrisonburg, Va./Broadway) tied her season high with five blocks. East got a hand on three.
Kate Poppo led Shenandoah with eight kills and 18 digs.
Coach Carrie Bert on her team's play in the win:
The Royals honored their four seniors in a prematch ceremony: Ginny Sorrell, Kara Durren, Abbi Hawkins and Meredith Stinnette. Each of them have been four-year members of the EMU program and have earned ODAC All-Academic Team honors.
Coach Carrie Bert talks about her four seniors: