Christian Taylor is getting a once in a lifetime experience this month, representing his country and his sport in Brazil. Taylor is on the USA D-3 Volleyball Team, which is playing matches in different locations around the South American country over a 10-day period.
Eastern Mennonite outscored Juniata for the match, but it wasn’t enough as the Eagles came from behind to steal a five-setter and claim the CVC Championship Saturday night in Arlington, Va. The Royals had a 2-1 lead in sets before JC earned the fifth, where Eastern Mennonite led 14-11 and had six chances at match point before the Eagles flipped in front in a 22-20 final.
EMU’s volleyball men got defensive and it worked. The Royals racked up 20 blocks, including 16 over the final three sets, as they shocked top-seeded Marymount University in a 3-2 come-from-behind win in the CVC Tournament semifinals.
Despite a CVC loss at Stevenson on Saturday, EMU’s volleyball men finished the regular season on a winning note as they head into their first-ever CVC Tournament. The Royals took a 3-1 win over Penn State-Altoona to wrap up Saturday’s tri-match in Owings Mills, Md., pushing their record to 21-10.
With a 3-0 sweep at Cairn Friday night, EMU’s volleyball men clinched their first-ever spot in the Continental Volleyball Conference Tournament. The top four teams make the postseason tournament, which will be April 14 and 15 at Marymount University in Arlington, Va.
In their last meeting, EMU used 12 service aces to earn a 3-1 win over Juniata. In Tuesday night’s rematch in Huntingdon, Pa., the Royals managed only three aces while Juniata hit .232, giving them a noticeable upper hand in a 3-0 sweep of No. 11 Eastern Mennonite.
EMU’s volleyball men had a dominating closing to their home season, hitting .452 in a 3-0 thumping of Alvernia University Friday night. The CVC win bumps No. 8 Eastern Mennonite to 19-7 on the season, including 8-2 in the conference.
Eastern Mennonite junior William Ragland has been named the Sports Imports/AVCA Player of the Week. Earning the national award comes on the heels of Ragland being named the CVC Player of the Week for the second time this season.
With another big Continental Volleyball Conference win on Saturday, the collision course is gathering steam. EMU’s volleyball men, ranked No. 9 in this week’s AVCA national poll, took down No. 15 Juniata by a final of 3-1 in Yoder Arena, as the Royals kept pace with No. 11 Marymount atop the CVC standings.
EMU’s offense was in high gear Friday night, hitting .446 as a team in a 3-0 romp over CVC opponent Thiel College. The No. 9 Royals are now 6-1 in conference play, preparing for tomorrow’s big match against third-place Juniata.
EMU's volleyball men took an unexpected two-spot slide in the AVCA national poll this week, settling to No. 9. The Royals received 132 total points, a mere drop of five points, but the change was enough to drop them behind two other teams.
EMU’s volleyball men earned a split in Saturday’s tri-match against D-II teams, including a sweep of Alderson Broaddus. The Royals also lost a back-and-forth five setter against host King University in the matches played in Bristol, Tenn.
EMU’s volleyball men rebounded from a tough loss to CVC rival Marymount but romping over No. 5 New York University at Saturday’s tri-match hosted by MU in Arlington, Va. The Royals, now 3-3 against ranked opponents, are 14-5 overall and 5-1 in the CVC.
Despite playing without either of their starting middles, EMU’s volleyball men gutted out a tough 3-0 win at Arcadia University Friday night. The Royals have now won seven straight matches to improve to 13-4.
The national poll showed very few changes this week and as a result, EMU's volleyball men held their spot at No. 9. The Royals did pick up a handful of extra points, gaining seven to a total of 93 this week.
Ninth-ranked Eastern Mennonite was in firm control on Saturday, picking up a pair of wins to improve to 12-4 on the year. The Royals are also 5-0 in the Continental Volleyball Conference, and stand alone in first place in the CVC after the weekend’s results.