Year Ends In Loss At Bridgewater

Maria Yoder approached EMU's top ten lists in kills, blocks, aces and sets played. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Maria Yoder approached EMU's top ten lists in kills, blocks, aces and sets played. (photo by Scott Eyre)

The Eastern Mennonite University volleyball women closed their 2018 season at rival Bridgewater Friday night. EMU took a 3-0 loss and ended the year with a record of 8-20 overall and 2-10 in ODAC play.

The Royals made a few runs early in the first set, trailing only 11-9, before Bridgewater closed strong for a 25-12 score.

Maria Yoder (Manheim, Pa./Hempfield) earned a solo block to have her team within 16-13 in the second, but another strong finish gave BC a 25-17 decision.

Two big runs in the third gave the Eagles all the momentum they needed to close the night out, 25-8.

Yoder finished with five kills and a .333 kill percentage in her final match. Meredith Stinnette (Lynch Station, Va./Altavista) also had five kills.

Beck Hoskins (Danville, Va./Westover Christian Academy) had three kills and two blocks to close out her career.

Carly Gingerich (Goshen, Ind./Goshen) had nine set assists and an ace. Tori Wigley (Elkton, Va./East Rockingham) added six assists.

Tarynn Clark (Goshen, Ind./Bethany Christian) led the back row with 12 digs.

Rachel Gaston had 11 kills and 14 digs to lead Bridgewater.

Seniors
Maria Yoder finished her career as a four-year starter, totaling 706 kills, 195 blocks and 123 service aces. The block total left her just two away from joining the EMU Career Blocks Top Ten list. Yoder did land on the Career Sets Played list at No. 8 with 378 sets.

Beck Hoskins was a three-year start as a middle, putting together 344 kills and 152 blocks. Erin Brubaker (Goessel, Kan./Goessel) played two years at EMU after transferring from Hesston College and had 255 kills.