Royals Take Sweeps Over Cairn And Mount Ida

Christian Taylor has averaged 11.4 assists per set over EMU's last three matches. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Christian Taylor has averaged 11.4 assists per set over EMU's last three matches. (photo by Scott Eyre)

EMU's volleyball men picked up another pair of wins on Saturday, including their league-best fourth CVC victory, sweeping past Cairn and Mount Ida. The Royals have won four straight matches, each by a 3-0 sweep.

The men, now 9-3 overall and 4-1 in the CVC, stay in the Keystone State on Sunday, playing both SUNY Poly and Arcadia at the Knight Classic hosted by Arcadia in Glenside, Pa.

EMU 3, Cairn 0
Cairn scored first in the opener but the Royals quickly took over a small lead. Led out of the middle, Eastern Mennonite then closed out on an 11-4 tear to win 25-15. Dan Lutz (Greencastle, Pa./Greencastle-Antrim) had four kills during that closing run.

The men made small jabs throughout the second set before scoring the final six to win 25-14. In the third, EMU rattled off five straight to break off a 12-12 tie, carrying the momentum to a 25-18 finish.

William Ragland (North Chesterfield, Va./Thomas Dale) landed 10 kills with 11 digs and a couple of blocks. Lutz put down 10 kills on just 15 swings, while fellow middle R.J. Ocampo (Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial) added eight kills. Each of them accounted for three blocks. Tim Callahan (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin) smashed down nine kills.

Setter Christian Taylor (Richmond, Va./Deep Run) racked up 34 assists, as the team hit .265.

Libero Micah Buller (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) made 18 digs, averaging a whopping six per set. The 18 digs were a career high in a three set match for the senior.

Micah Godshall led Cairn with nine kills, although the Royals forced him into 11 attack errors.

EMU 3, Mount Ida 0
The Royals followed up with a neutral court match against Mount Ida, out of Newton, Mass. Eastern Mennonite quickly tamed the Mustangs, allowing Coach Danielle Lickey to utilize more of her players.

The men hit .352 as a team, their second-highest total of the season, while Mount Ida made 23 errors and hit -.279.

EMU made sizeable runs in each set, taking wins of 25-7, 25-13 and 25-10. Ocampo had eight kills and three blocks, Callahan landed kills on seven of his eight swings, and Ragland added six. The trio combined for 21 kills and just two errors on 27 attacks. Taylor had 20 assists.

Ragland and Lutz each had three blocks as well.

Colton Frey (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) led the back row with eight digs.