Royals Cruise To First ODAC Win Of Season

Jasmine Johnson (3) had plenty of hitting options while setting up the offense. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Jasmine Johnson (3) had plenty of hitting options while setting up the offense. (photo by Scott Eyre)

Eastern Mennonite picked up their first ODAC win of the season in convincing form, sweeping Hollins on the road Friday night. The Royals grabbed control late in the first set and never let it go in improving to 3-8 overall and 1-1 in ODAC play.

The women are right back in the Roanoke area on Saturday to play at Roanoke College in another conference match. Game time is set for 1:00pm.

A few errors early put EMU in a 5-1 hole to start the night, but they quickly vaulted ahead 10-9. Hollins (4-5/0-2 ODAC) capitalized on another string of errors to rattle off an 8-1 run, rebuilding a four-point lead which they carried to 24-20. Maria Yoder (Manheim, Pa./Hempfield) and Janna Williams (Kenbridge, Va./Kenston Forest) then combined for five straight kills as the Royals successfully fended of four set points, before Carly Gingerich (Goshen, Ind./Goshen) finished off the 6-0 run with an ace as the women grabbed the set, 26-24.

Hollins jumped to a lead early in set two, followed again by a response from EMU. This time, however, the Royals didn't let up as Meredith Stinnette (Lynch Station, Va./Altavista) hammered a kill to cap a 19-4 run, bumping the lead to 21-9. Another ace later closed the set at 25-13.

Set three stayed close until Sam Jacob (Harrisonburg, Va./Eastern Mennonite) landed a trio of ace serves during a 7-0 streak that gave the Royals a 19-11 cushion. The offense took over from there, pushing to a 25-16 final.

Eastern Mennonite out-hit Hollins .106 to .009, further aided by 11 aces. Jacob racked up five of them. Setter Jasmine Johnson (Staunton, Va./Robert E. Lee) finished with an impressive double double at 19 assists and 10 digs. Yoder led all players with 10 kills on just 18 swings, while Williams added six.

Libero Skyler Johnson (Harrisonburg, Va./Harrisonburg) picked up 18 digs.

Courtney Chappell led Hollins with six kills.