Royals Wrap Up ODAC Play With Loss To W&L

Sophomore Hannah Johnson is sixth in the ODAC in kills. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Sophomore Hannah Johnson is sixth in the ODAC in kills. (photo by Scott Eyre)

The Eastern Mennonite Volleyball women were simply out-hit by visiting Washington and Lee Tuesday night, dropping their final ODAC contest of the year.

The loss likely ends the Royals' hopes of getting into the eight-team ODAC Tournament. At 4-8 in the conference, the best the women can do in the final standings is finish in a three-way tie for eighth with Randolph and Emory & Henry, with EMU losing out in the ODAC's five-point tie-breaker system.

Eastern Mennonite's four conference wins are the most for the team since 2003, but in this year's topsy-turvy league play, the total seems to not be enough to advance to the postseason.

Currently at 11-12 overall, the Royals are tied for the most wins since the 2001 team finished 14-13. That is also the most recent EMU team to finish .500 or better, leaving this year's women a lot to play for in their three remaining non-conference matches.

That stretch starts Friday with Goucher College, a 7:00pm first serve in Yoder Arena for a Rowdy Royals Match.

Against Washington and Lee, the General made quick jabs early in each set to open up small cushions. Eastern Mennonite had some nice runs, including a 5-1 spurt late in set one, and a 6-0 jab in the second fueled by three straight aces from Abbi Hawkins (Middlebury, Ind./Bethany Christian), but W&L had the answer each time.

Set scores were 25-18, 25-14 and 25-19.

Hannah Johnson (Staunton, Va./Wilson Memorial) had nine kills and seven digs to lead EMU. Meredith Stinnette (Altavista, Va./Altavista) continued her hot play with eight kills on a .333 clip, and Amy Goodman (Midlothian, Va./Midlothian) added seven kills, as the women hit .174 as a team.

Tori Wigley (Elkton, Va./East Rockingham) put up 25 assists.

Libero Delanie Miller (Dayton, Va./Turner Ashby) picked up 13 digs, while Tarynn Clark (Goshen, Ind./Bethany Christian) had seven.

Brynne Gould topped W&L with 19 kills and Leah Green added 13.