Royals Show Strength In Hostile Environment

Amy Goodman leads the team with 24 aces on the season. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Amy Goodman leads the team with 24 aces on the season. (photo by Scott Eyre)

The Royals certainly had their moments in a tough setting against a talented opponent, but host Southern Virginia held on to hand EMU a 3-1 defeat.

The Eastern Mennonite University volleyball women fall to 9-10 with the non-conference loss to an SVU team that has gone 8-1 against ODAC teams this fall.

EMU closed a set one deficit with a late 7-1 run before Southern Virginia scored the final four to win 25-18.

In the second set, the Royals used a 4-0 jab to take a 13-11 lead. They still held it at 19-16, eyeing the win in the set. But the Knights scored the next five points to flip back in front and continue to a 25-22 win.

Facing elimination, Eastern Mennonite held firm midway through the third when a 6-1 run from SVU erased a small lead. The women responded with five unanswered points to get ahead, 23-19, which took them to a 25-20 win.

The momentum carried into the fourth, where the Royals used an 8-0 run for an early lead. They still led 15-9 before the pendulum swung. In a big way. Southern Virginia rattled off the next 13 points, surging in front, 22-15. The women answered with the next four, and got within 23-22 on an ace from Tori Wigley (Elkton, Va./East Rockingham), but SVU closed out with a 25-22 clincher.

EMU hit just .095 as a team including .091 or lower in the three sets they lost. By contrast, SVU hit .212.

Sarah East (Washington, Va./Rappahannock County) had the most efficient night, landing seven kills on 15 swings. Hannah Johnson (Staunton, Va./Wilson Memorial) dropped in nine kills with 16 digs. Amy Goodman (Midlothian, Va./Midlothian) added seven kills, 10 digs and a season high four aces. Andrea Troyer (Harrisonburg, Va./Broadway) had five blocks and five kills.

Wigley finished with 18 assists. Delanie Miller (Dayton, Va./Turner Ashby) had a match high 18 digs with three aces.

Serving was a strength, as the Royals landed nine aces against only two service errors.

The women were without a match for EMU Homecoming Weekend, so they are hosting an alumni vs. alumni match this Saturday at 1:00pm.