The Lady Royals were looking to break a five-match losing streak Thursday night and they did just that in a lengthy 3-0 sweep of Shenandoah in Harrisonburg.
Eastern Mennonite built a 14-8 lead in game one before the visitors rattled off six straight to tie it and set the tone for the exciting night. Neither team led by more than two the rest of the way with EMU the first to break away from a 23-23 tie.
The Hornets fought off four game point serves before the Lady Royals finally closed out a 29-27 win on a kill from Tabitha Bowman (Waynesboro, VA/Stuarts Draft).
After an even start to game two, the teams went back and forth with short runs. SU took an 18-15 lead but the Lady Royals came back with a 5-0 run to go ahead 22-20. The Hornets cut the lead to one before the women hammered out three points for a 25-21 win.
EMU had a slight edge most of game three and closed off the match on a kill from Sara Ritchie (Harrisonburg, VA/Turner Ashby), 25-19.
Ritchie led the way with a match high 15 kills. She also dropped in a pair of service aces. Bowman finished with nine kills and no hitting errors while Kyla Moorefield (Danville, VA/Tunstall) also had nine kills.
Although the offense had a good showing, the defensive back row made some great plays. Jessica Goertzen (Goessel, KS/Goessel) had 12 digs while libero Brittany Childress (Gloucester, VA/Christchurch) added 10. Lynae Fry (Archbold, OH/Pettisville) had a solo block and a block assist.
Mattie Lehman (New Paris, IN/Bethany Christian) had 25 set assists.
The win not only snaps the losing spell for the women, it also ties their win mark from last season. Now 4-10 overall, Eastern Mennonite takes to the road for their next seven contests, starting with Washington & Lee next week Tuesday.