Lady Royals Go Four Sets In Loss At Guilford

Mattie Lehman had the women's only service ace against Guilford.
Mattie Lehman had the women's only service ace against Guilford.

The Eastern Mennonite volleyball women opened a key road weekend Saturday, needing a couple of victories against middle-of-the-pack ODAC teams to make a run at a tourney bid.  Despite one great game, day one of the trip ended in a 3-1 loss at Guilford.

The Quakers, who entered with a 2-3 conference record, controlled games one and two by identical 25-16 scores.

In game three, the Lady Royals front line came alive and hit .333 as a team in a big 25-19 win.

But the home team took back the momentum in the fourth game and closed out the match, 25-13.

Amber Loftin (Madison Heights, VA/Amherst) replaced Sara Ritchie (Harrisonburg, VA/Turner Ashby), who missed the match with an injury, and responded with a team high 10 kills.  Loftin also had 10 digs.

Tabitha Bowman (Waynesboro, VA/Stuarts Draft) had six kills, a solo block and two block assists.  Jessica Goertzen (Goessel, KS/Goessel) had four kills and eight set assists.

Mattie Lehman (New Paris, IN/Bethany Christian) had 15 assists and the team's only service ace.  Sophomore Brittany Childress (Gloucester, VA/Christchurch) led all players with 15 digs.

The loss drops EMU to 5-15 overall and 0-7 in the ODAC.  The Lady Royals play tomorrow at Emory & Henry, which also enters the match with a 2-3 mark in conference play.