Errors Cost Volleyball Women In Loss At Mary Baldwin

Freshman Sara Ritchie led all players with 12 kills and added 13 digs.
Freshman Sara Ritchie led all players with 12 kills and added 13 digs.

Just four days after beating Mary Baldwin in Harrisonburg, the Lady Royals headed to Staunton for a rematch.  The location made a big difference as the Fighting Squirrels slipped by EMU in a five-set thriller.

Eastern Mennonite had a strong finish to game one, breaking from an 11-9 lead to a 25-14 win.  But errors caught up with the women in the second, as they were outscored 14-7 to close out a 25-18 loss.

The third set was again close at the beginning before Mary Baldwin finished on a 12-6 run for a 25-17 final score.

The Lady Royals regrouped in the fourth.  Back-to-back kills gave EMU the edge after a 12-12 tie.  The lead continued to grow and freshman Sara Ritchie (Harrisonburg, VA/Turner Ashby) wrapped up the 25-20 decision with a kill.

EMU scored the first two points in the deciding game and still led 8-6 before MBC took over with a 4-0 run. A Mattie Lehman (New Paris, IN/Bethany Christian) kill tied the score at 11-11 but the Fighting Squirrels went back in front after an EMU service error.  The women survived one match point before giving up the contest with another service error, 15-13.

Errors were the deciding factor, as the Lady Royals hit just .087 as a team and made 19 service errors compared to only four aces.

Ritchie finished with a match high 12 kills and 13 digs.  Tabitha Bowman (Waynesboro, VA/Stuarts Draft) also had double digit kills with 11.

Lehman had 21 assists.  Brittany Childress (Gloucester, VA/Christchurch) led all players with 16 digs while Kyla Moorefield (Danville, VA/Tunstall) had a pair of solo blocks.

The loss drops EMU to 2-3.  The women head to Washington, DC, this weekend for an invitational hosted by Catholic.  The Lady Royals play at 4:30pm and 6:00pm on Friday and twice again on Saturday.