Women Take Five-Set Setback At Shenandoah

Maria Yoder had two solo blocks and now has 47 total blocks on the year. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Maria Yoder had two solo blocks and now has 47 total blocks on the year. (photo by Scott Eyre)

EMU's volleyball women suffered a tough loss on the road Wednesday night, falling at Shenandoah 3-2 in ODAC action. The Royals led 2-1 before letting SU take the final two sets.

The loss drops Eastern Mennonite to 8-14 overall and 2-6 in the ODAC. The women also missed out on a chance to move into eighth place in the ODAC standings, and now sit one win behind Randolph at 3-6. Only the top eight teams make the postseason tournament.

The Royals host Randolph this Saturday afternoon in a key ODAC match.

Shenandoah earned their first league win with tonight's decision, improving to 7-16 and 1-7. The Hornets out-hit EMU .259 to .092.

The Royals fell in a quick hole in the opener and never recovered in a 25-18 loss. The women then scored the first four in the second set and held a small lead all the way to a 25-22 finish. Set three was the same story with an identical 25-22 win for EMU.

Things turned south quickly in the fourth where the Hornets scored seven straight to open an 8-2 margin. The Royals fought back within 9-6 before errors cut off the comeback and Shenandoah won 25-13. The momentum kept rolling for the home team in a 15-3 fifth.

Maria Yoder (Manheim, Pa./Hempfield) was EMU's most consistent weapon, landing 11 kills out of the middle with two solo blocks. Meredith Stinnette (Lynch Station, Va./Altavista) put down eight kills with a .250 attack percentage and Erin Brubaker (Goessel, Kan./Goessel) added seven kills. Janna Williams (Kenbridge, Va./Kenston Forest) worked her way to ten kills.

Jasmine Johnson (Staunton, Va./Robert E. Lee) had 23 set assists and three aces. Carly Gingerich (Goshen, Ind./Goshen) added 19 assists.

Sam Jacob (Harrisonburg, Va./Eastern Mennonite) led the team with 20 digs while Kate Kauffman (Pettisville, Ohio/Pettisville) stepped in as libero and added 16 digs.

Kaitlyn Kelly led Shenandoah with 16 kills and 13 digs. Sabrina Semo added 11 kills. Emily Cheatwood got her hands on seven of SU's nine blocks.

The Royals are home Friday night, hosting Lynchburg College at 7:00pm. EMU then welcomes Randolph and Dickinson for a tri-match on Saturday, with Senior Recognition being celebrated before the 5:00pm match against Dickinson.

Friday's contest is also designated as a Dig Pink fundraiser for the Royals. Fans can stop by the Athletic Suite Thursday or Friday to honor someone by putting their name on a pink ribbon, which will be displayed at the match. There will also be a serving contest between the second and third sets, with fans donating $1 to participate and have a chance to win t-shirts or other prizes.