Southern Virginia Tames Royals In Buena Vista

Beck Hoskins hit a career best .727 in the match. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Beck Hoskins hit a career best .727 in the match. (photo by Scott Eyre)

EMU's volleyball women struggled to get their attack in gear Tuesday night at Southern Virginia, resulting in a 3-0 loss to the Knights.

The decision snapped a two-match winning streak as the Royals (2-3) prepare for a two-day trip to Ohio this weekend. The women play at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland on Friday followed by two at Baldwin Wallace in Berea on Saturday as part of the Marcia French Invitational.

Against Southern Virginia, attack and serve receive errors derailed an early lead in set one as SVU ran away with a 25-12 score. A few short runs midway through the second put the Royals behind the eight ball in a 25-22 loss.

EMU looked to be in more of a groove in the third, using a 5-0 run for 13-8 lead and a 4-0 spurt for a 20-16 lead. But the women made four hitting errors in a crucial 6-0 SVU run which changed the lead. The Knights then broke a 22-22 tie with three straight to close the night, 25-22.

Despite one of their better blocking efforts of the young season, picking up six stuffs as a team, the Royals hit .000 for the match with 20 kills and 20 errors. Beck Hoskins (Danville, Va./Westover Christian Academy) was the only Royal with more than three kills, and was also very consistent with eight kills and no errors on 11 attacks. Setter Carly Gingerich (Goshen, Ind./Goshen) had nine assists.

Erin Brubaker (Goessel, Kan./Goessel) led all players with a hand in five blocks, while Maria Yoder (Manheim, Pa./Hempfield) had four.

Skyler Johnson (Harrisonburg, Va./Harrisonburg) led the defense with nine digs and Amy Goodman (Midlothian, Va./Midlothian) added eight.

Penny Gwynn led Southern Virginia with 14 kills while Hannah Allred added 11 kills and 11 digs.