EMU Hits Well But Drops 3-1 Decision At Lancaster Bible

William Ragland powered his way to his fourth double double of the season. (photo by Scott Eyre)
William Ragland powered his way to his fourth double double of the season. (photo by Scott Eyre)

Coming off Wednesday's gutsy win at No. 8 Southern Virginia, the No. 14 Eastern Mennonite volleyball men had a rare letdown Friday night, dropping a 3-1 decision at Lancaster Bible College.

Now 15-6 overall, this is the Royals' first loss to a team not ranked or receiving votes in the national poll.

Eastern Mennonite ventures into cold and snowy territory on Saturday for a tri-match at Lasell College in Newton, Mass. The Royals get talented MIT at 2:00pm, followed by the host Lasers at 4:00pm.

While the men had their attack going in solid order against Lancaster Bible (10-3), they never hit their stride from the service line, allowing the Chargers to get into an offensive flow. EMU hit .375 in the first set, where they held on for a 26-24 win. They made just one attack error and hit .632 in the second, but Lancaster Bible was even better, as the Chargers evened the score with a 25-21 final.

The momentum carried into the third. The Royals landed just two more kills than attack errors, leaving LBC to a 25-19 final. EMU came back around in the fourth, but the Chargers still had the juice to a squeak out a 27-25 final for the decision.

Eastern Mennonite connected on just two aces in the four-setter, while their nine reception errors made a huge difference.

Dan Lutz (Greencastle, Pa./Greencastle-Antrim) had 12 kills with no errors on 17 swings. William Ragland (North Chesterfield, Va./Thomas Dale) had a double double with 12 kills and 10 digs. Christian Taylor (Richmond, Va./Deep Run) racked up 48 set assists.

Defensively, Travis Abele (Mechanicsville, Va./Lee-Davis) had four blocks, including one solo stuff. Micah Buller (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) had 19 digs.