Blue Jays Steal CVC Match From EMU

Martin Pou hit .429 and more than doubled his career kill total. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Martin Pou hit .429 and more than doubled his career kill total. (photo by Scott Eyre)

EMU's volleyball men let one get away Friday night, falling 3-2 at Elizabethtown College.

The Royals slide to 1-3 in the CVC, and are 1-10 overall. They stay in Pennsylvania to play at No. 14 Juniata College Saturday night at 7:00pm. The Eagles will be EMU's seventh nationally ranked opponent this season.

Set one was tight the entire way until the Blue Jays got back-to-back kills to win, 26-24.

EMU had 7-1 and 7-0 runs in the second, evening things up with a 25-20 score. A big 11-2 run in the middle of the third gave the Royals the control in a 25-21 win.

Elizabethtown stole the lead midway through the fourth with a 5-0 run, and then closed on another 5-0 streak earn the fifth set, 25-19.

The rubber set was just as wild. A 5-0 run put the Royals in front, 10-6, and they looked in the driver's seat with a 12-7 cushion. But the home team rattled off six straight points to steal the lead, 13-12. EMU got a point to tie the score, but two more for E-town clinched the comeback, 15-13.

The Royals hit .280 over the first three sets combined, before slumping to a .065 mark over the final two. The men hit .198 for the match, compared to .215 for Elizabethtown.

After totaling just 12 kills over EMU's first 10 matches this season, junior Martin Pou (Harrisonburg, Va./Eastern Mennonite) exploded for 21 kills to lead EMU. The 6-7 opposite entered the night with just 16 kills over his two-year career.

The Royals got seven or more kills from six men, including setter Travis Abele (Mechanicsville, Va./Lee-Davis), who came close to a triple double with 51 assists, 10 digs, seven kills and three blocks. Sean Wright (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run) has 12 kills and 11 digs.

R.J. Ocampo (Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial) had nine kills and three blocks, while Jacob Durren (Gloucester, Va./Gloucester) added eight and three. Hunter Taylor (Ashland, Va./Patrick Henry) had eight kills and nine digs.

Drew Bennett (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks) tied for the match high with 16 digs.

Nick Baxter was E-town's main weapon, landing 31 of the team's 51 kills. Ethan Maurer added 12 kills and five aces.