DIII No. 11 Eastern Mennonite Goes 2-0 at Home Tri-Match


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HARRISONBURG, Va. - Freshman Cody Kennedy (Newport News, Va./Menchville) combined for 30 kills on the day as the Eastern Mennonite University men's volleyball team improved to 12-15 overall with a pair of wins over North East Collegiate Volleyball Association foes Saturday in Harrisonburg, Va.

EMU came back to defeat Medaille College 3-2 in the first match of the day. Game scores were 25-30, 23-30, 30-25, 30-27, and 15-11. In the second match, EMU cruised to a 3-0 victory over City College of New York with scores of 30-21, 30-18, and 30-23.

Medaille (14-12) defeated CCNY (6-17) in the 1 p.m., match, 3-0.

"We had a lot of good overall performances today, in both matches," commented head coach Steve Benson following the Royals' two victories. "We had several people step up in helping us come from behind against Medaille, and then we played a good solid match against City College of New York. These are big wins for us as we get closer to the conference tournament."

Kennedy tallied a team high 24 kills to go along with eight digs against the Mavericks. Junior Curtis Reesor (Stouffville, Ontario/Stouffville District) had 11 kills and eight digs while freshman setter Nolan Prock (Virginia Beach, Va./Frank W. Cox) registered a career-high 52 assists.

Sophomore middle Frankie Coto (Miami, Fla./Southwest Miami) had nine kills, a solo block and eight assisted blocks in the win.

Andrew Nawotka led Medaille with 20 kills. Dan Jackson registered 21 digs while setter Ryan Maxwell added 62 assists, 15 digs, two solo blocks, and two assisted blocks for the visiting team.

EMU was slugish out of the gates as Medaille took full advantage going up 2-0. The Royals got in full gear in the third game as the home team jumped out a 12-5 lead as kills by Kennedy, Prock, and freshman Chris Davidson (Virginia Beach, Va./Tallwood) contributed to the offensive explosion. Medaille closed the gap at 25-24 only to have EMU put up four unanswered points before a kill by Reesor sealed the win.

The Royals used the momentum gained from the win in game four as EMU again took an early lead (9-6). Medaille battled back and tied the contest at 13 before pulling ahead on a 3-0 swing thanks to points from Ryan Metz and Mitchell Shepard.

It was then the Royals turn to come back with the home team using a triple-block (Prock, Coto, John Bottles (Williamsburg, Va./Jamestown) and several MC attack errors to their advantage in tying the game up at 19. Each team then split points until the 25th point when EMU registered three straight against the Mavericks as two Medaille attack errors and an ace from freshman middle Kendall Garber (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) put the Royals up 28-25. Following two points by Medaille, back-to-back kills from Coto pushed the match into the fifth and final game.

EMU saved their best for last as the Royals hit .400 (7-1-15) in the fifth and deciding game compared to a .130 mark (8-5-23) for Medaille. Kennedy registered four kills in the fifth frame while senior libero Cory Parsons (Colmar, Pa./Christopher Dock) had four digs.

Garber finished with four kills and four service against Medaille. Parsons had 15 digs.

The Royals then opened up a scoring barrage against the Beavers of CCNY in the second match of the day. Davidson had a career-high 10 kills while Prock had 49 assists, three aces, and two assisted blocks.

Sophomore Shane Holderby (Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial) had a career-high 16 kills to go along with 13 digs. Kennedy had another 10 digs and six kills while Reesor matched Davidson with another 10 kills, finished with a combined total of 21 for the day.

The Royals will stay at home next week as they hosted D'Youville College on Friday, March 20, at 7 p.m., and then again on Saturday, March 21, at 1 p.m.

Article courtesy of Eastern Mennonite athletics.

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