EMU's volleyball women ran into a pair of powerhouse programs on the final day of the Marcia French Invitational, dropping both matches to finish up their play in northeast Ohio.
The Royals had two of their best-hitting efforts of the season, but couldn't get many service aces as they fell to 2-7 on the season. The tough competition gives EMU good preparation for their weighty start to ODAC play on Tuesday – a road contest at Washington and Lee.
Mount Union 3, EMU 0
The match against Mount Union had a distinct pattern - EMU would hang around before an early run by the talented Raiders would knock them out. Set scores were 25-16, 25-14, and 25-11.
Kara Smith ((Hayes, Va./Gloucester) and Janna Williams (Kenbridge, Va./Kenston Forest) each had six kills, landing one on more than half of their swings. Maria Yoder (Manheim, Pa./Hempfield) added four kills and three blocks. Jasmine Johnson (Staunton, Va./Robert E. Lee) had 12 set assists and seven digs, while Kate Kauffman (Pettisville, Ohio/Pettisville) played as the second setter and had nine assists.
Libero Skyler Johnson (Harrisonburg, Va./Harrisonburg) led the team with eight digs.
Madelin DiBease topped a balanced attack for UMU with 10 kills.
Baldwin Wallace 3, EMU 0
The Royals finished against Baldwin Wallace, which was hosting the women's play on the second day of the invite. EMU took their best shot at the undefeated Yellow Jackets in the first set, hitting .300 as a team and getting within 21-19 late. But BWU finished with four straight points (three on aces) to win, 25-19.
The home team took early leads in the final two sets to win 25-10 and 25-15.
EMU continued to improve their attack, stepping up to .156 as a team. Williams landed eight kills with just one error. Beck Hoskins (Danville, Va./Westover Christian Academy) and Meredith Stinnette (Lynch Station, Va./Altavista) each had five kills.
Skyler Johnson again led the defense with 11 digs.
Alicia Lortcher led Baldwin Wallace with 15 kills while Ellen Hawkins put down 12.
After play, senior setter Jasmine Johnson was named to the Marcia French Memorial Invitational All-Tournament Team. Over EMU's four matches, she picked up 48 assists, 26 digs and seven aces, including a season-high five against Hiram on Friday. She also set up the offense well, spurring the team to a better attack percentage each time they played at the invite.