Tough Serving Costs Lady Royals In Loss To Marlins

Sara Ritchie was just as effective at the net as she was behind it, finishing with 12 kills and 12 digs.

The Eastern Mennonite volleyball women were looking to break a skid Tuesday night when they hosted Virginia Wesleyan.  Although the Lady Royals played well, they couldn't get past the visiting Marlins in a 3-0 defeat.

VWC controlled game one and grabbed a quick 25-15 win.

But the women were ready in game two.  After giving up the first two points, EMU exploded on an 11-1 run.  The Marlins regrouped and scored five straight, then used an 8-0 streak to go ahead 21-17.

The Lady Royals tied the score at 23-23, but a kill and service ace gave game two to Virginia Wesleyan 25-23.

Play was even early in game three before the Marlins inched ahead and closed the night with a 25-19 score.

Eastern Mennonite was at its best in game two, hitting at a .455 clip with 11 kills and just one attack error.  But the women also had six of their eight serve receive errors in the game.

Sara Ritchie (Harrisonburg, VA/Turner Ashby) posted team highs of 12 kills and 12 digs, along with two service aces.  Tabitha Bowman (Waynesboro, VA/Stuarts Draft) was right behind her with 11 kills and a solo block.

Setter Mattie Lehman (New Paris, IN/Bethany Christian) set up 22 assists and added seven digs.  Libero Brittany Childress (Gloucester, VA/Christchurch) had nine digs.

EMU slips to 3-10 with the loss, including 0-4 in the ODAC.  The women stay at home for their next match, hosting future ODAC-rival Shenandoah Thursday night at 6:30pm.