EMU Starts Conference Schedule With 3-0 Win

Tim Callahan is hitting .485 over his past two matches. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Tim Callahan is hitting .485 over his past two matches. (photo by Scott Eyre)

The Royals opened a promising CVC season on the right foot, hitting past Thiel in a 3-0 sweep Friday in Greenville, Pa.

Now 5-2 on the season, the volleyball men stay in Pennsylvania to take on Juniata College Saturday afternoon at 4:00pm. The Eagles beat EMU in a five-setter in the CVC Championship match last spring and are ranked No. 9 in this week's AVCA National Poll.

Eastern Mennonite's offense was in high gear against Thiel, making just three attack errors in the first two sets combined. The men rolled to a 9-3 start in the opener and never let the lead below four points in a 25-13 win. They scored the first two points in the second set and never trailed in a 25-18 score.

The Tomcats played better in the third, but could not make up for EMU's quick start. The Royals rattled off a 7-1 run to inflate a 10-3 cushion, and the margin never got closer than four points. Dan Lutz (Greencastle, Pa./Greencastle Antrim) slammed home a quick set to end the day, 25-19.

EMU made just eight attack errors all contest and hit a season best .318 for their second straight sweep.

William Ragland (North Chesterfield, Va./Thomas Dale) led a balanced attack with eight kills and seven digs. Tim Callahan (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin) landed seven kills with no errors. Lutz and R.J. Ocampo (Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial) each hit .500 out of the middle, with Lutz having the bigger attack at six kills. Ocampo was bigger defensively with four blocks.

Christian Taylor (Richmond, Va./Deep Run) put up 23 assists.

Colton Frey (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) stepped up as EMU's libero, picking up six digs.

Mitchell Patterson led Thiel with nine kills, but the Royals' defense also pestered him into 10 errors.