DIII No. 14 Eastern Mennonite Advances with 3-1 Defeat of Rivier


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Mahway, N.J. - The Eastern Mennonite University men's volleyball team advanced to the second round of the North East Collegiate Volleyball Association Tournament on Friday, April 4, following a 3-1 win over Rivier College in Mahwah, N.J.

Game scores were 30-32, 30-25, 30-27, and 30-26.

The Royals move to 15-12 overall this season and will play Philadelphia Biblical at 11 a.m., on Saturday, April 5. EMU defeated the Crimson Eagles 3-0 on March 14, with the Royals holding reigning NECVA Western Division Player of the Year Justin Brubaker to only 14 kills with nine errors in 37 attempts (.135 attach percentage) in the match. Brubaker and PBU had the first victory of the season between the two teams in early February by a score of 3-0.

Senior Calen Hochstetler (Orange Co., Calif./Palomar C.C.) led the team with 21 kills as senior setter Ben Yoder (Lederach, Pa./Christopher Dock) had 60 assists.

Senior outside Ethan Fry (Guatemala City, Guatemala/Christian Academy of Guatemala) and sophomore outside Colten New (Richmond, Va./James River) each finished with double digit kill counts as Fry had 18 kills with New recording 16.

Matt Ferriera had a team high 20 kills for Rivier (22-12).

The Raiders won the first game as Jared Andreozzi pushed Rivier to a 30-29 lead. Hochstetler tied the game with a kill of his own before the Raiders collected the final two points on a kill by Scott Wright and a service ace from Clint Whelan.

Following the game one defeat, the Royals pulled ahead to a 11-8 advantage in game two with sophomore middle Justin Reesor (Stouffville, Ontario/Stouffville District) dropping a service ace to give EMU the three point lead. Rivier tied the game at 13 all with EMU again pulling away to take a three point advantage (16-13) and eventually taking the match 30-25. Games three and four followed in the same way as EMU built similar three and four point leads in each game, holding the Raiders at bay with strong attacks from outside hitters Fry and New.

Reesor finished with three kills, a service aces, and five total blocks as junior libero Cory Parsons (Colmar, Pa./Christopher Dock) had 10 digs in the win.

Article courtesy of Eastern Mennonite athletics.

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