Fresh off a five-set loss to Mary Washington, the Philadelphia Biblical University Crimson Eagles stepped right back onto the court against EMU's women. The Lady Royals dropped the first set before falling in five in a match full of wild swings.
Eastern Mennonite fell behind quickly in set one, 15-5, before rallying with seven straight points. The Lady Royals finally tied the score at 24-24 after a kill from Tabitha Bowman (Waynesboro, VA/Stuarts Draft), but PBU scored two straight to hold on for a 26-24 win.
A big run in the middle of game two gave EMU the momentum on their home court. The women then scored the final six points to win easily, 25-18.
After scoring the first three points in game three, the momentum left and Philadelphia Biblical took over for a 25-15 win.
Trailing 17-11 in game four, the Lady Royals regrouped and rattled off seven straight to grab the lead at 18-17. The teams traded leads before Kyla Moorefield (Danville, VA/Tunstall) knocked down back-to-back kills to seal a 26-24 EMU win and force game five.
PBU scored the first point in the decisive game and never trailed. The Lady Royals made a late surge to get within three before falling 15-11.
Bowman finished with a match-high 16 kills. Sara Ritchie (Harrisonburg, VA/Turner Ashby) added 13 kills. Moorefield finished with nine in just 16 attempts.
Jessica Goertzen (Goessel, KS/Goessel) had 35 assists and nine digs.
After landing 15 aces in the win over Salem earlier in the day, the Lady Royals had just nine against PBU. The Crimson Eagles had 19 aces.
Now 1-1, Eastern Mennonite wraps up its Hampton Inn & Sleep Inn Classic with two matches on Saturday, playing Mary Washington at 10:00am and Mary Baldwin at 4:00pm.