Versatility looked like confidence this weekend as the Royals picked up two more wins at the Route 42 Classic in Yoder Arena.
Brandishing a flexible lineup, EMU's volleyball women improved to 3-1 to start the season, their best start since a similar effort in 2016.
The Royals stay at home this coming week, hosting St. Mary's (Md.) on Wednesday, followed by a tri-match against Hood and Lancaster Bible next Saturday.
EMU 3, Bryn Mawr 0
The Royals never trailed against an over-matched Bryn Mawr team. They scored the first eight in the opening set, and then took a 9-0 lead in the second. Tough serving kept the Owls from making a threat, as EMU dropped in 15 aces in the sweep. Set scores were 25-10, 25-7 and 25-11.
Similar to Friday's sweep of Delaware Valley, Coach Carrie Bert again played all 14 women on the roster. Kara Durren (Hayes, Va./Gloucester) had eight kills and Andrea Troyer (Harrisonburg, Va./Broadway) added seven, as the pair combined for 15 kills and no errors on 25 attacks. Troyer also had four blocks.
EMU 3, Salem 1
The women ended the Classic against Salem, a team they take on every year in what is more often than not a great contest. The Spirits jumped on EMU to win the first set before the Royals settled down and took over.
Salem scored first in the opener and jumped ahead 5-1. The women scored four in a row to tie it, but the visitors found the rhythm again and rolled out, 25-17.
Hannah Johnson (Staunton, Va./Wilson Memorial) had two kills and an ace during an early 6-1 run in the second, breaking off a 3-3 tie, and the momentum stuck. Even after Salem tied the score at 12-12, Meredith Stinnette (Lynch Station, Va./Altavista) picked up the flag with three kills during a 6-0 answer. The Royals then scored the final seven points to win, 25-14.
EMU scored first in the third, but the visitors hung around. The women landed a 6-0 run to go up 20-12, but Salem answered with their own 6-0 streak to get back within two at 20-18. The Royals stayed on top, however, twice clinging to a one-point margin before grabbing a 25-23 win.
The Spirits had a short-lived lead early in the fourth before EMU got back in front. The women used a 7-1 run to build up a 17-10 cushion, and then kept in control to a 25-18 finish.
Serving, good defense and timely hitting were again the name of the game. The Royals put in 10 ace serves, their fourth straight match landing double digits in aces. Delanie Miller (Dayton, Va./Turner Ashby) had a match high 17 digs. Johnson added 15 digs to go with her 16 kills.
Stinnette put down 10 kills with an efficient .391 kill percentage. Amy Goodman (Midlothian, Va./Midlothian) added nine kills. Tori Wigley (Elkton, Va./East Rockingham) had 22 assists and Gingerich added 18.
Troyer was again a force at the net with four blocks.
Sophomore middle Andrea Troyer's impressive start to her second campaign also caught the eye of the Classic's coaches, who voted her to the Route 42 Classic All-Tournament Team.
Troyer hit .392 over the four matches, landing 25 kills, including a career high 10 against Meredith on Friday. She was even more of a force on the defensive side, earning 13 blocks. She had four in each of the matches against Meredith, Bryn Mawr and Salem.
Already, Troyer has nearly eclipsed her season totals from a freshman campaign where she played in 15 matches.