SEASON REVIEW: Taking Strides Towards Development

(photo by Scott Eyre)
(photo by Scott Eyre)

The EMU Men's Volleyball team was a little over halfway through their scheduled season before it abruptly ended. They stood with a record of 3-8 with five of their final nine games slated for conference play as the COVID-19 pandemic then forced the Royals to cancel the remainder of their season. However, they did manage to play all but one scheduled home game while posting two wins in Yoder Arena.

These men were a young group that saw a lot of new faces in starting roles on the court. Only returning two starters from the previous season, the Royals had to develop a poise that turned into a confidence around them. They now move forward as more experienced athletes with more potential for growth the next time they hit the court.

Record in 2020: 3-8 (1-3 CVC)
Coach: Danielle Lickey (28-40 overall, 13-15 CVC in three seasons)

Coach Lickey Comments:
"Although our season came to an early end, I think we feel were able to make good strides toward our ultimate goal for progress and development. The team put in good work, and we had to cut the season when we were getting into the bulk of the games in the season. It was disappointing, but we are looking forward to next year and being able to build on the work we did this season."

Awards:
Jacob Durren
- All-CVC Second Team (2020)
Martin Pou - Royals Athlete of the Week (March 23-29, 2020)

Statistical Leaders:
- Freshman Ben Childers led the team in kills with 61 with 8 service aces.
- Middle blocker Jacob Durren had 49 kills at a .265 hitting percentage and 19 total blocks.
- Senior Martin Pou had 51 kills and 22 total blocks.
- Freshman Josh White led the team with 27 total blocks while picking up 51 kills.
- Junior Wyatt Bollinger had 43 digs and 153 assists to lead the team in both categories.

Season Highlights:
- Won first game of the season at home against St. Andrews 3-1 behind a season high 45 kills as a team.
- Swept Immaculata at home to win their first match in CVC play.
- Hit their best percentage of the season .427 to sweep Lehman at the Alvernia Tri-Match

Athlete Comments:
"One of my favorite memories was working hard in practice this year to end up being the starting libero for the team. It was a great experience to be in a leadership position for us." – Junior Andrew Livioco