September 29, 2011

EMU Tops 2010 Win Total With Sweep Of Ferrum

The Lady Royals have topped their 2010 win total, and all within the first month of the 2011 season.  Thursday night the women swept a match at Ferrum, taking three tight decisions to move to 5-11 on the season.

Eastern Mennonite took a small advantage early in set one and led by as many as eight at 18-10.  But the Panthers closed within three before the women closed things out at 25-20 on a solo block from Kyla Moorefield (Danville, VA/Tunstall).

In game two, EMU grabbed a quick 5-0 lead but the home team regrouped and went in front 8-7.  The Lady Royals later scored four straight to break off a 17-17 tie.  Ferrum got within one at 23-22 but a service error and then kill from Moorefield gave the women a 25-22 decision.

Game three was even tighter after EMU took an 8-2 lead.  The Panthers never took the lead, but had the score tied at 16-16, 18-18 and 20-20.  The Lady Royals kept their composure and Sara Ritchie (Harrisonburg, VA/Turner Ashby) had a pair of kills down the stretch to seal a 25-23 win.

Senior Tabitha Bowman (Waynesboro, VA/Stuarts Draft) led all players with nine kills.  Moorefield finished with a line of seven kills, two service aces, a solo block and two block assists.

Mattie Lehman (New Paris, IN/Bethany Christian) had 26 set assists and four of EMU's nine service aces.  Amber Loftin (Madison Heights, VA/Amherst) played one game and finished with two kills, an ace and a block assist.

In the back row, Brittany Childress (Gloucester, VA/Christchurch) led the way with eight digs.

With the non-conference win, the Lady Royals improve to 5-11.  They finished 4-21 last year.  EMU stays out of the ODAC this weekend, playing at a tri-match hosted by Marymount in Arlington, VA.  The women play the host school at 1:00pm Saturday followed by St. Vincent at 3:00pm.