EMU's volleyball women stepped out of conference play Thursday evening, sweeping past host Mary Baldwin in straight sets.
Eastern Mennonite improves to 8-16 as they pick up some steam for crunch time in the season schedule.
Winners of five of their last seven contests, the Royals return home this Saturday for a key ODAC quad match. The women play Guilford at 11:00am followed by Randolph at 2:00pm, and Eastern Mennonite needs at least one win to keep pace in the race for a return trip to the ODAC Tournament. The match against Randolph is especially key as the seventh place WildCats hold a one-match lead over EMU in the standings.
Bridgewater College will also be in Yoder Arena for the day, playing Randolph and Guilford at matching times on Court C.
In Thursday's sweep, the Fighting Squirrels made a run midway through the first to get within five points, but EMU ended on an 8-2 tear to win, 25-14.
Game two was bookended by two big runs from the Royals: a 9-0 start and a 6-0 finish. The result was a 25-10 win.
MBU started with the serve in set three and rattled off the first five points, but the women came marching back and had the score tied at 8-8. The teams traded short runs until the Royals took over with a strong finish. Erin Brubaker (Goessel, Kan./Goessel) and Amy Goodman (Midlothian, Va./Midlothian) each smacked a trio of kills as EMU ended the night on a 10-1 streak, winning 25-18.
Brubaker was dominant from the right side, setting a new season high with 11 kills on a .611 attack clip. Goodman finished with seven kills. Freshman Andrea Troyer (Harrisonburg, Va./Broadway) racked up seven kills and two solo blocks in just two sets.
Setter Carly Gingerich (Goshen, Ind./Goshen) doled out 18 assists, adding nine digs and four service aces. She leads the ODAC with 46 aces this season.
Candice Shaheen (Scottsville, Va./Fluvanna County) led all players with 18 digs.
Brenda Korlison topped Mary Baldwin with four kills and a pair of blocks.