The Royals used quick starts in each set of a 3-0 sweep of Ferrum, earning their second consecutive ODAC win. It was a great start to EMU Homecoming as well as a nice cap to Senior Recognition.
The volleyball women improve to 7-15 overall and 2-5 in the ODAC. EMU has a tough road test on Tuesday, playing at traditional ODAC power Washington and Lee at 7:00pm.
Led by a pair of aces from first server Carly Gingerich (Goshen, Ind./Goshen), the Royals started the game with a 6-0 lead. They never slowed down. Ferrum would get no closer than two points in the set, which EMU won, 25-17.
The Panthers scored the first point of the second for their only lead of the day before the women scored the next five points. A kill by Hannah Johnson (Staunton, Va./Wilson Memorial) bumped the opening margin to 13-3. Senior Beck Hoskins (Danville, Va./Westover Christian Academy) finished off a 25-18 win.
Johnson then had three kills during the women's 13-2 start to the third. EMU kept rolling from there to a 25-12 finale.
The Royals got the edge in the contest by serving, unleashing 10 aces against just five errors.
From there, Johnson ruled the court as the freshman outside hammered 17 kills, a career high for a three-set match. She added 14 digs for her eight double double. Hoskins and Meredith Stinnette (Lynch Station, Va./Altavista) each added five kills.
Gingerich finished with four aces along with 23 set assists and 11 digs.
Tarynn Clark (Goshen, Ind./Bethany Christian) looked good in her role as libero, leading both teams with 15 digs. Maria Yoder (Manheim, Pa./Hempfield) had four of the team's five blocks, including two solo stuffs.
Cheyenne Strickland led Ferrum with 15 assists, 10 digs and four kills.
The Royals also honored their three seniors before the start of the match: Erin Brubaker (Goessel, Kan./Goessel), Beck Hoskins and Maria Yoder. Brubaker has been an effective right side hitter in her two years since transferring from Hesston, landing more than 100 kills each season. Hoskins has been a three-year starter in the middle and first or second on the team in blocks each year. Yoder has been a valuable four-year starter, nearing EMU's top ten with 677 career kills, 183 blocks and 359 sets played.