Volleyball Women Fall In Three Tight Games To Wasps

Freshman Amber Loftin got her second start in place of injured Sara Ritchie and had six kills.

The Eastern Mennonite volleyball team was as Emory & Henry in the second of back-to-back key ODAC matches.  On Saturday the Lady Royals lost to Guilford in four, and they fell to the Wasps on Sunday, despite a great effort.

Playing without leading hitter Sara Ritchie (Harrisonburg, VA/Turner Ashby) for the second day, the offense responded.  Four straight kills gave EMU a 23-21 lead in game one, but Emory & Henry scored four in a row to steal the game, 25-23.

The two teams traded leads early in game two before EHC took over and won 25-20.

The Lady Royals then had an early 7-3 lead in game three before the Wasps regrouped and tied it at 8-8.  A late 6-0 run spelled the end as the home team closed out the day by a 25-18 score.

EMU hit .291 as a team and landed seven aces, but defensively they couldn't slow down Emory & Henry.

Kyla Moorefield (Danville, VA/Tunstall) led all players with 12 kills while Tabitha Bowman (Waynesboro, VA/Stuarts Draft) was also in double digits at 10 on just 16 attacks.  Freshman Amber Loftin (Madison Heights, VA/Amherst) got the start in place of Ritchie and responded with six kills on 10 swings.

Setter Mattie Lehman (New Paris, IN/Bethany Christian) had 24 assists and five service aces, while Jessica Goertzen (Goessel, KS/Goessel) had a match high eight digs.

The loss drops EMU to 5-16 overall and 0-8 in the ODAC.  The next match for the women is on Saturday, Oct. 15, when they host Mary Baldwin as part of EMU Homecoming.  Start time is 12:00pm.