The EMU volleyball women ended their year with a tri-match hosted by Marymount University in Arlington, Va., on Saturday. The Royals opened with a loss to powerful Mary Washington before falling in four to the host Saints.
Mary Washington 3, EMU 0
The Eagles used a huge run to end the first set on top, 25-10. EMU regrouped in set two, but watched as Mary Washington used a 7-0 run to jump up 23-17. UMW won that set by a final of 25-19.
The Royals led by as many as four in the third set and then used a late 5-0 run to grab a 21-20 lead. The teams traded points before the Eagles ended the day on a 4-0 spurt to win 25-22.
The offense struggled to get going and hit just .039 for the match. Sara Ritchie (Harrisonburg, Va./Turner Ashby) had eight kills and nine digs. Jasmine Johnson (Staunton, Va./Robert E. Lee) put up 17 assists.
Katie Miller (San Antonio, Tex./Brandeis) racked up an impressive 17 digs in the three sets to easily lead all players.
Marymount 3, EMU 1
The women again hit a wall when trying to get their offense in gear, hitting negative in the three sets they lost to the Saints. Marymount won set one by a final of 25-15, then closed with 25-8 and 25-11 wins.
The Royals were at their best in the second set when they hit .147. They took an early lead and then grabbed some momentum with a 6-1 run midway through the set. Marymount streaked to set point at 24-23, but EMU fought it off, took the lead, and closed a 26-24 win with a kill from Ritchie.
Ritchie had a team high eight kills. Kayla Smeltzer (Richmond, Va./Maggie L. Walker) had six kills and Regan Cook (Staunton, Va./Robert E. Lee) added five. Erin Mays (Ridgeway, Va./Westover Christian) led EMU with 17 assists.
For just the second time this year, the Royals had no service aces.
Miller led the back row with 16 digs, while Ritchie added 11 in her final collegiate match. Miller racked up 510 digs on the year to lead the ODAC in both total digs and digs per set (4.90). She came short of Holly Herr's season record of 560 digs from 1997 and is No. 3 in EMU history with 1340 for her career. Eastern Mennonite's career mark of 1436 is held by Rachel Nafziger.
The women close their 2014 campaign with a record of 8-21.