Seniors Lead No. 15 Eastern Mennonite to Upset of No. 10 Philadelphia Biblical
Harrisonburg, Va. - Seniors Ethan Fry (Guatemala City, Guatemala/Christian Academy of Guatemala), Calen Hochstetler (Orange Co., Calif./Palomar C.C.), and Ben Yoder (Lederach, Pa./Christopher Dock) were each honored before the match and helped guide the Eastern Mennonite University men's volleyball team to an upset win over Philadelphia Biblical University Friday night in Yoder Arena.
Game scores were 30-27, 30-20, and 30-19.
PBU, who had beaten EMU earlier in the season and went into the match ranked #10th in the latest AVCA coaches poll, falls to 19-3 overall and 8-1 in the North East Collegiate Volleyball Association Western Division while the #15 Royals improve to 13-10 overall and 5-1 in the conference.
"I'm just very proud of the way our seniors played and all that they have contributed to the men's volleyball program," commented EMU head coach Steve Benson following the teams win.
Fry finished with a team leading 16 kills with only two errors in 26 attempts for a .538 attack percentage while Hochstetler led the team with 13 digs. Yoder had 35 assists, a solo block, and three assisted blocks for EMU in the win.
The senior trio was honored before the match and quickly used that emotion and energy from the ceremony to help give the Royals a 12-9 lead. Following a PBU timeout, EMU continued to hold the Crimson Eagles at bay as the score went up to 17-13 and then 22-19 with Philadelphia Biblical unable to gain an advantage. PBU tied the game at 23 and 25 points until the Royals again jumped out to a two point advantage (28-26) with kills by Fry sealing the game one win.
The second and third games featured a dominate Royals front court that totaled one solo block and 11 assisted blocks with Fry recording three assisted blocks and sophomore middle Justin Reesor (Stouffville, Ontario/Stouffville District) adding another three assisted blocks in both games combined. Following a kill by Fry for the 29th point in game three, the Royals promptly closed out the match on an assisted block by Reesor and Fry.
Hochstetler had another three service aces for EMU and leads the team this season with 16.
Justin Brubaker had 14 kills while Drew Dillon had 30 assists for PBU.
EMU will now wait to find out who they will go up against in the NECVA Western Division Cross-Over Tournament as the Royals will host the two-day event starting on Friday, March 28, with times and matches yet to be announced.
Article courtesy of Eastern Mennonite athletics.