Snow And Cold Can’t Cool Royals Hot Hands

Travis Abele had a season-high .471 attack percentage. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Travis Abele had a season-high .471 attack percentage. (photo by Scott Eyre)

Despite travel delays in snow-covered Pennsylvania, No. 10 Eastern Mennonite had little trouble in dispatching Alvernia University in men's volleyball action, 3-0. The Royals improve to 6-3 overall and 2-0 in the CVC as they took down a first-year Alvernia team playing its first-ever home match.

EMU stays in Pennsylvania on Saturday and get a big test at the Lancaster Bible College tri-match. The men get the nation's No. 3 team, Stevens, at 1:00pm before taking on the host Chargers at 3:00pm. They are 2-1 against ranked teams already this year.

After bus trouble en route to Reading, Pa., the match had a late start. That did nothing to slow down the Royals, winners of five of their last six, who used a 7-1 run early in set one to take over. They never slowed down and ran to a 25-12 final.

Play evened out over the final two sets. EMU had a small lead most of the second before pushing it to five at 20-15. The Crusaders (3-2/0-1 CVC) came marching back and got within one point before William Ragland (North Chesterfield, Va./Thomas Dale) finished off a 25-23 score with a kill.

A quick start in the third gave the men their biggest lead at 14-7. Alvernia nudged their way back in it, but could never manage more than a 2-0 run and a Scott Brigham (Montpelier, Va./Patrick Henry) kill closed out the night at 25-22.

EMU worked a total of 11 players onto the floor and still hit at a .362 clip, the second-highest team total this season. Travis Abele (Mechanicsville, Va./Lee-Davis) had a team-high nine kills while Ragland had eight kills on just nine swings. He also had four service aces.

Josh Elmore (Chester, Va./Matoaca) had six kills and five digs, while Micah Buller (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) added five digs. Brigham had five kills.

Christian Taylor (Richmond, Va./Deep Run) and Sean Wright (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run) split setting duties, with Wright putting up 16 assists and Taylor adding 14.

Ralph Lunati led Alvernia with 11 kills.