Royals Finish 2-1 At Route 42 Classic

The Royals recruiting class brought in an infusion of energy. (photo by Scott Eyre)
The Royals recruiting class brought in an infusion of energy. (photo by Scott Eyre)

The Royals earned a split on day two of the Route 42 Volleyball Classic in Harrisonburg, taking a promising 2-1 record out of the season's opening weekend.

Eastern Mennonite showed an athletic mix of experience and new players as they build in their quest to return to the ODAC Tournament.

The women stay at home for their next match, hosting Gallaudet University Wednesday at 7:00pm.

EMU 3, Delaware Valley 1
Aggressive serving set the tone against the Aggies, including a pair of aces from Maria Yoder (Manheim, Pa./Hempfield) for an early 6-1 lead for EMU. Carly Gingerich (Goshen, Ind./Goshen) had five aces during an 8-0 run which essentially clinched the opener, a 25-16 win.

As the women tried some different looks with their lineup, Delaware Valley made a couple of runs early in the second and held off the Royals to even things up, 25-19.

But Eastern Mennonite reestablished control by scoring the first six points of the third, taking the swing set 25-11 before rolling to a 25-13 decision in the final.

The women finished with 16 aces, hamstringing Delaware Valley's offense to a -.033 kill percentage. Gingerich racked up six aces.

Yoder made an impact in a number of areas, putting up team highs of eight kills and six blocks. Fellow middle Beck Hoskins (Danville, Va./Westover Christian Academy) had seven kills while Hannah Johnson (Staunton, Va./Wilson Memorial) added six. Gingerich put up 21 assists.

Candice Shaheen (Scottsville, Va./Fluvanna County) led the back row with 14 digs while Ginny Sorrell (Spotsylvania, Va./Spotsylvania) added seven.

Marymount 3, EMU 0
The women closed the day against a tough opponent in Marymount University. The Royals kept up with MU, even with a quicker pace of play than they had seen yet over the weekend. A 6-0 run midway through the first made the difference in MU taking the opener, 25-19.

Eastern Mennonite held a 15-13 lead in the second before the Saints used a 5-0 jab to take control and win, 25-18. The women were within 9-8 in the third when Marymount hit a streak where everything rolled their way. EMU never gave up, but the visitors seemed to win every point en route to a 25-11 final.

Johnson led the way with nine kills, 13 digs and a pair of aces. Amy Goodman (Midlothian, Va./Midlothian) had six kills while Hoskins added five kills and a pair of blocks.

All-Tournament Team
Freshman Hannah Johnson made a big splash in her first collegiate games and was named to the Route 42 Classic All-Tournament Team following play.

Johnson had 12 kills and 20 digs in her first match against Salem College and averaged a team high 2.70 kills per set at the classic. The outside hitter was also second on the team with 39 digs over the three matches and seven ace serves.

Click here to see the official Route 42 Classic webpage.