Playing in the final matches of her EMU career, senior Tabitha Bowman (Waynesboro, VA/Stuarts Draft) left a lasting impression by swatting 32 kills in a tri-match split with Southern Virginia and Marymount in Harrisonburg on Saturday.
EMU 3, Southern Virginia 1
The Lady Royals used a 5-0 run midway in game one to gain control and then held on for a 25-23 win. The Knights came right back to grab game two, 25-16, but it was all Eastern Mennonite down the stretch.
The women sprinted to quick leads in both the final game and took 25-19 and 25-14 wins.
Bowman finished with 17 kills, just two short of her career high. The 6-0 outside hitter had a .571 hitting percentage, with just one error in 28 swings.
Freshman Sara Ritchie (Harrisonburg, VA/Turner Ashby) landed 10 kills with one error in 22 attempts. Setter Jessica Goertzen (Goessel, KS/Goessel) led all players with 33 assists and top the Lady Royals with 12 digs.
Marymount 3, EMU 1
The women continued their spirited play by taking set one from Marymount, 25-22. A late 3-0 run gave EMU control in that game.
But after Eastern Mennonite grabbed an 8-4 lead in game two, the Saints came marching back and took a 25-21 win.
The momentum continued as MU ran away with 25-10 and 25-17 wins to seal the match.
Bowman again led all players with 15 kills. Ritchie and Moorefield each added seven. Ritchie also had a team high 15 digs while Moorefield had a pair of solo blocks.
Goertzen notched her second double double of the day with 27 assists and 12 digs. Childress had 11 digs.
Eastern Mennonite avenged an Oct. 20 loss to Southern Virginia with the win in match one, but couldn't turn the same trick against Marymount, who swept EMU in a tri-match on Oct. 1. The Lady Royals close the 2011 campaign with a record of 7-20.
Bowman, the lone senior on the team, finishes her career with 852 kills, averaging 2.52 per game. She comes in No. 6 on the EMU Career Kills list, one swing behind former teammate Monika Burkholder. Bowman was either first or second on the team in kills each of her four seasons.