EMU's volleyball women showed a consistent attack in Sunday's match at St. Mary's (Md.), and the offensive effort turned into a 3-1 road win.
The Royals improve to 7-13 overall with the non-conference win while the Seahawks drop to 3-15.
Eastern Mennonite is back in Yoder Arena on Thursday, hosting Ferrum College at 7:00pm. The match helps kick off EMU's Centennial Homecoming Weekend.
The women used an early 5-0 run to gain control in the opener and never let up in a 25-16 win. The Seahawks then got an early lead in the second and EMU could only get as close as two points as SMC evened up the match with a 25-21 decision.
The momentum of an early lead worked again in the third, this time as the Royals worked ahead 6-3. The women held serve and won 25-20.
St. Mary's scored the first five points in the fourth set, but the Royals quickly responded with a 7-2 run. After an even battle throughout the entire set, Janna Williams (Kenbridge, Va./Kenston Forest) sandwiched kills around an ace serve from Carly Gingerich (Goshen, Ind./Goshen) as EMU used a quick 3-0 jab to close the day, 26-24.
The teams hit almost evenly, with the Seahawks holding a slight .178 to .167 edge. The Royals made up the difference in serving, landing 10 aces with just two errors. St. Mary's managed four aces and committed 10 errors.
Williams racked up 13 kills, missing her career high by one. Maria Yoder (Manheim, Pa./Hempfield) put down nine kills with no errors on 21 swings, adding five blocks out of the middle. Erin Brubaker (Goessel, Kan./Goessel) had six kills and three blocks, and Beck Hoskins (Danville, Va./Westover Christian Academy) added four stuffs.
Jasmine Johnson (Staunton, Va./Robert E. Lee) spearheaded the attack with 24 set assists.
Skyler Johnson (Harrisonburg, Va./Harrisonburg) was all over the back row with 29 digs to go with her three service aces.
Brigid Morris led St. Mary's with 19 kills and four blocks.