Royals Serve Well In Day One Of Invite

Maria Yoder nearly doubled her previous career high of five aces with the eight she had against Case Western Reserve. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Maria Yoder nearly doubled her previous career high of five aces with the eight she had against Case Western Reserve. (photo by Scott Eyre)

The Eastern Mennonite University women's volleyball team travelled to Ohio for the first time in a number of years on Friday, playing at the 19th Annual Marcia French Memorial Invitational. The Royals could not pick up a victory on day one of the invite, however, and will look for a "W" on Saturday at the event, which is co-hosted by Case Western Reserve University and Baldwin Wallace University.

EMU (2-5) gets Mount Union at 11:00am on the second day before wrapping up with Baldwin Wallace on their home court in Berea, Ohio.

Case Western Reserve 3, EMU 0
The women had a mistaken-laden first match, getting swept by site host CWRU. The first two matches went quickly in 25-8 and 25-17 losses.

Maria Yoder (Manheim, Pa./Hempfield) rattled off six ace serves and pushed Eastern Mennonite to a 9-1 lead in the third. Nevertheless, attack errors caught up with the women, handing the Spartans their own 9-1 streak to tie the score at 10-10. Case Western Reserve led by as many as four before the Royals eventually re-tied things at 23-23. The home team scored two quick points, however, to close out a 25-23 final.

Yoder was the clear-cut leader for the women, finishing with five kills, two solo blocks and eight of the team's nine aces. Fellow middle Beck Hoskins (Danville, Va./Westover Christian Academy) added three kills without an error.

Ginny Sorrell (Spotsylvania, Va./Spotsylvania) had nine digs and Skyler Johnson (Harrisonburg, Va./Harrisonburg) picked up eight.

Anna Jaskoviak led CWRU had seven kills and eight digs, while Karley King also had seven kills.

Hiram 3, EMU 1
After a short break, the women had a great battle with Hiram. Set one featured eight ties and four lead changes, with the Terriers scoring the final five points to grab a 25-20 decision.

In the second, good serving again gave the women a lead, this time with Jasmine Johnson (Staunton, Va./Robert E. Lee) dropping in four aces for a 5-0 start. Hiram surged back to a 9-7 edge and led by as many as three before the Royals locked up a 17-17 tie. The Terriers kept the momentum, however, winning 25-21.

After falling in a three-point hole in the third, EMU unleashed a 10-3 run to jump ahead 13-9. The women had the lead up to five at 18-13 before Hiram used a 7-2 spurt to lock up the score at 20-20. The Royals put up two quick points but HC scored four straight to flip in front, 24-22. The women then fended off a pair of match points as part of a 4-0 streak to stay alive with a 26-24 win.

The fourth set was close until Hiram struck a 12-0 run to gain a 23-10 margin. The Royals survived six match points before eventually falling, 25-17.

EMU hit better in the nightcap but still struggled with unforced errors. Yoder had a team high eight kills with a pair of blocks. Hoskins put down seven kills with three blocks, and Meredith Stinnette (Lynch Station, Va./Altavista) added six kills. Jasmine Johnson had 15 set assists and five aces while Kate Kauffman (Pettisville, Ohio/Pettisville) had 10 assists in two sets.

Sorrell led a balanced rack row effort with 11 digs.

Kayla Cole led Hiram with 14 kills and 15 digs.