EMU Sweeps Past Fighting Squirrels To Close Classic

EMU Sweeps Past Fighting Squirrels To Close Classic

In the final match of the day, Eastern Mennonite took on Mary Baldwin to finish off the Hampton Inn & Sleep Inn Invitational.  After a sluggish start the women gained control and took a 3-0 sweep.

The Lady Royals held an early lead in game one, but Mary Baldwin used a 10-3 run to skip ahead 21-18.  EMU then scored three straight to tie the contest, then after a service error rattled off the next four to steal the win, 25-22.

By game two they had settled down and cruised to a 25-14 decision.

The Fighting Squirrels regrouped in the third set and had the score tied at 16-16 after a three-point run.  But Eastern Mennonite scored the final nine, led by freshmen Sara Ritchie (Harrisonburg, VA/Turner Ashby) and Kyla Moorefield (Danville, VA/Tunstall) to finish off the match, 25-16.

Ritchie led the charge with 12 kills and 14 digs.  Moorefield was a defensive force as the middle hitter, picking up two solo blocks and three block assists.

Tabitha Bowman (Waynesboro, VA/Stuarts Draft) added nine kills.  Jessica Goertzen (Goessel, KS/Goessel) had 22 assists, nine digs and two service aces, while Brittany Childress (Gloucester, VA/Christchurch) landed three aces.

Childress was also named to the All-Invitational Team following play.

Eastern Mennonite evens out at 2-2 after their play at the two-day classic.  The women head to Staunton this coming Wednesday to take on Mary Baldwin for the second of their three meetings this season.