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.
EMU plays their next five matches on the road. Next Friday the men play at Arcadia before getting No. 15 Marymount and New York University on Saturday in Arlington, Va.
EMU 3, Rutgers-Newark 1
Outside of a hiccup in the third set, there was little doubt in Saturday's CVC contest. The men took over with an early 6-0 run, and finished set one on a 5-0 run to win 25-16. The Scarlet Raiders hung around in the second before EMU scored the final four for a 25-19 decision.
The Royals were suddenly stung by the error bug in the third and lost, 25-13, but they started with a 9-1 lead in the fourth and ran away with a 25-12 clincher.
William Ragland (North Chesterfield, Va./Thomas Dale) was dominant, hitting .714 with a match high 16 kills on 21 swings. He also landed four of EMU's six ace serves. Scott Brigham (Montpelier, Va./Patrick Henry) smacked 12 kills and had the other two aces.
R.J. Ocampo (Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial) was good for eight kills and four blocks, while Josh Elmore (Chester, Va./Matoaca) had 10 digs and three blocks. Christian Taylor (Richmond, Va./Deep Run) put up 43 set assists.
Justin Sandy led Rutgers-Newark with seven kills and five blocks.
EMU 3, Bard 0
The Royals inserted a handful of bench players in the day's final match and it took them a bit to find their rhythm. Bard led by as many as five and won the opener, 25-21.
EMU used an 8-2 run early in the second to get going, and added a 7-0 run en route to a 25-17 win.
From there, the contest was marked by big runs by the men, including 8-0 in set three and 9-0 in set four. The Royals closed out the match with wins of 25-16 and 25-13.
Ragland landed 12 kills with a .526 attack percentage. He had double digit kills in each of the weekend's three matches. Tim Callahan (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin) also had 12, firing a .611 percentage.
Taylor had 24 assists and a career high five service aces. Austin Tomlin (Greenville, Va./Riverheads) picked up a team high six digs.
Alex Adams led the Raptors with nine kills.
Coach Ross Madden thought his team took care of business over the weekend: