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.
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.