Consistency Still Missing In Loss At Hood

Meredith Stinnette has hit .233 or better in two of the previous four matches. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Meredith Stinnette has hit .233 or better in two of the previous four matches. (photo by Scott Eyre)

EMU's volleyball women let a 2-1 lead slip away Friday night at Hood, dropping a five-setter to the Blazers in a volleyball match full of wild swings.

The Royals fall to 3-9 as they prepare for a big week of ODAC play, starting with Wednesday night's hosting of Emory & Henry. Eastern Mennonite also heads to Lynchburg next Saturday for a conference tri-match against Roanoke and Lynchburg.

The only constant in Friday night's match in Frederick, Md., was momentum changes.

EMU used a 4-0 run midway through the first set to grab control in a 25-22 win. The Blazers responded with a pair of big runs in the second, including the final five points to even things up, 25-15.

The Royals hit .300 as a team in the third set, rattling off the last seven points to run away with a 25-13 decision.

The women came close to grabbing a win in the fourth set, using a 6-0 spurt to jump ahead 20-17, but Hood responded with five straight to take the lead back. EMU scored a pair to tie things up at 22-22, but errors opened the door for the home team, who took advantage to stay alive, 25-22.

The Blazers scored the first four in the fifth set before EMU battled back. An ace serve from Hannah Johnson (Staunton, Va./Wilson Memorial) eventually cut the margin to 7-6. Hood, however, effectively closed the win with a big 6-0 run, coasting to a 15-8 finish.

Johnson led the charge with 19 kills, 13 digs and three aces. Meredith Stinnette (Lynch Station, Va./Altavista) added 11 kills. The outsides where the only EMU attackers to finish with a kill percentage better than .074. Carly Gingerich (Goshen, Ind./Goshen) had 32 assists, 12 digs and two ace serves.

Ginny Sorrell (Spotsylvania, Va./Spotsylvania) picked up 17 digs to lead six Royals in double figures out of the back row.

Elena Zinaich topped Hood with 20 kills and five blocks.