Mt. Olive Nets 3-2 Win Over DIII No. 15 Eastern Mennonite


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Harrisonburg, Va. - Mount Olive College rallied from a 2-games-1 deficit to defeat the Eastern Mennonite University men's volleyball team in five and improve to 13-5 overall this season. Game scores were 30-27, 29-31, 26-30, 30-19, and 15-12.

EMU falls to 12-10 overall on the year as the Royals will host Philadelphia Biblical University on Friday, March 14, for a 7 p.m., match in Yoder Arena. The men's volleyball program will also honor its three seniors tomorrow night before the start of the match.

The Royals fought with the Trojans in game one as Mt. Olive was able to get the final few points across on kills by Camilo Guerci and Jose Lanier. Game two was another tough battle for both teams with the Royals coming out on top 31-29 after tying the match at 29 all. An attack error by Mt. Olive followed by a service ace from senior Calen Hochstetler (Orange Co., Calif./Palomar C.C.) that fell just inside the back right corner tied the match at one all.

Lanier finished with 21 kills, while Pedro Penate had a team high 25 kills along with 16 digs for Mt. Olive. Hochstetler had a team leading 20 kills in 35 attempts for a .486 hitting percentage while senior outside Ethan Fry (Guatemala City, Guatemala/Christian Academy of Guatemala) had 16 kills and 11 digs for EMU.

Senior setter Ben Yoder (Lederach, Pa./Christopher Dock) had 56 assists, three service aces, and 10 digs.

Game three saw the Royals jump out to a 17-8 lead and never look back as the home team put down an exclamation point on a kill slammed down onto the court by freshman middle Frankie Coto (Miami, Fla./Southwest Miami) off an assist from Yoder. Mt. Olive responded with a dominate fourth game as the visiting Trojans got six kills from Penate and 15 assists from Zach Wilson.

The fifth and determining game again saw the Trojans jump out to a 7-4 lead with EMU unable to get that final push needed to overtake Mt. Olive. A kill by Mike Carroll and and another kill later by Noel Garcia sealed the win for Mt. Olive.

Sophomore outside Colten New (Richmond, Va./James River) had 10 kills while sophomore middle Justin Reesor (Stouffville, Ontario/Stouffville District) had three solo blocks in the loss.

Article courtesy of Eastern Mennonite athletics.

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