Playing their third match in the span of 20 hours, EMU's volleyball men looked a step off, dropping a 3-1 decision to CVC rival Marymount University.
It was the Royals' third match against a nationally ranked opponent on a busy weekend in Yoder Arena. Eastern Mennonite had beaten No. 10 Juniata and lost to No. 4 UC Santa Cruz in five on Friday, before slipping to No. 5 Marymount Saturday morning.
The men settle at 12-4 overall and 5-2 in the Continental Volleyball Conference after the busy weekend. EMU stays at home for another tri-match next Saturday, hosting new CVC member Ramapo and former CVC foe Stevenson, with the first match starting at 11:00am.
Marymount, who had been swept at Southern Virginia Friday night, came out quickly with the first five points against the Royals. The men got within two, but could never make up the deficit in a 25-19 loss.
Tim Callahan (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin) had three kills and an ace during a huge 6-0 run in the second. The streak gave the men a 19-11 lead, which they carried to the finish at 25-17.
Despite the great set, the Royals lost all momentum in the third when they fell into a 7-1 hole. MU ran away with a 25-13 decision to get back in front, two sets to one.
The teams traded runs in the fourth, with EMU using a 3-0 jab to take a 16-13 lead. Marymount eventually tied the score, but the men kept the advantage as the team breaking off the tie. Finally, a pair of kills put the Saints on the forefront, 23-22. The men had them tied at 23-23 and 24-24 before two straight MU points ended the match, 26-24.
The Royals hit just .153 as a team, compared to .256 for Marymount.
Callahan led the way with 14 kills, but he also made 15 errors. Dan Lutz (Greencastle, Pa./Greencastle-Antrim) put down nine kills with four blocks, while fellow middle R.J. Ocampo (Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial) was 7-for-10 with five blocks. William Ragland (North Chesterfield, Va./Thomas Dale) also had a hand in four blocks.
TJ Wiechecki topped Marymount with 14 kills. MU's middles, Ben Sterenka and Remington Shahan, each landed nine kills with no errors on 12 swings.