Five Game Win Gives DIII No. 11 Eastern Mennonite Sweep of D'Youville
HARRISONBURG, Va. - The Eastern Mennonite University men's volleyball team had to come back from a two-game deficit to defeat the D'Youville College Spartans 3-2 Saturday afternoon in Harrisonburg, Va.
The win puts the Royals at 14-15 overall on the season as EMU prepares for the North East Collegiate Volleyball Association Western Division Cross Over Tournament, scheduled to begin on Friday, March 27.
D'Youville drops to 9-13 on the season.
Sophomore Shane Holderby (Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial) led the team with 20 kills, an ace, and seven digs. Cody Kennedy (Newport News, Va./Menchville) registered 18 kills and 16 digs while freshman setter Nolan Prock (Virginia Beach, Va./Frank W. Cox) had a career-high 63 assists, 13 digs, and five assisted blocks.
Senior libero Cory Parsons (Colmar, Pa./Christopher Dock) set a team high with 20 digs.
Freshmen Chris Davidson (Virginia Beach, Va./Tallwood) and Kendall Garber (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) combined for 16 kills, two solo blocks, and 12 assisted blocks.
D'Youville was led by a 27 kill effort from Matt Frey. Scott Ross added another 16 kills while Jeremy Sadjak had 52 assists and 13 digs.
Following the back-to-back losses at the hands of the Spartans in games one and two, the Royals came back to launch their best offensive attack of the match. EMU went ahead early in the match by four points (12-8) and then kept the Spartans at bay for the majority of the match. D'Youville moved to only two points of tying the match until the Royals close out their first win of the day. In the fourth game, EMU had a 29-27 lead only to have the Spartans battle back and tie the game at 29. The Royals went back up 30-29, on a service ace by junior Curtis Reesor (Stouffville, Ontario/Stouffville District). An attack error by D'Youville ended the game and breathed new life into the match for the home team.
The fifth and deciding game saw the Royals cruise to an 8-4 lead before going ahead 14-9 as Davidson tallied one solo block, and then assisted on two others to keep the Spartan offense at bay. DYC close the gap to 14-12 before a ball handling error on the Spartans gave EMU the come back win.
D'Youville saw their hitting percentage fall in each of the past five games. Adam Kaplewicz has a team leading 15 digs for DYC.
Article courtesy of Eastern Mennonite athletics.