DIII No. 12 Eastern Mennonite Qualifies for NECVA Tournament


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Harrisonburg, Va. - The Eastern Mennonite University men's volleyball team went 0-2 during the second day of competition of the North East Collegiate Volleyball Association Western Division Cross-Over Tournament, but the Royals were able to reach their goal of getting an automatic qualifier for the NECVA Tournament next weekend.

No. 12 EMU falls to 14-12 overall this year following a 3-2 loss to No. 13 D'Youville College and a 3-1 defeat at the hands of No. 6 Nazareth College. The other two teams that gained an automatic bid to the NECVA Tournament are Philadelphia Biblical, which went 3-0 this past weekend, and Nazareth College which finished the two-day tournament with a 2-1 record.

"I'm just very proud of our senior class, they gave it all they had today and played their hearts out," commented EMU head coach Steve Benson. "The whole team played well and I could not have asked for more from them."

Sophomore middle Justin Reesor (Stouffville, Ontario/Stouffville District) had a team high 20 kills for EMU in the first match against D'Youville while senior setter Ben Yoder (Lederach, Pa./Christopher Dock) had 67 assists.

Seniors Ethan Fry (Guatemala City, Guatemala/Christian Academy of Guatemala), Calen Hochstetler (Orange Co., Calif./Palomar C.C.) and freshman middle Frankie Coto (Miami, Fla./Southwest Miami) each finished with double digit kills against the Spartans with Fry tallying 15, Hochstetler with 14, and Coto with 13.

Sophomore outside Colten New (Richmond, Va./James River) and junior libero Cory Parsons (Colmar, Pa./Christopher Dock) also registered double digit digs with New recording a team high 14 and Parsons digging out 12.

Game scores were 20-30, 30-27, 23-30, 32-30, and 15-9.

In the second game against Nazareth the Royals were defeated in four games with game scores of 30-24, 28-30, 30-23, and 37-35.

Fry and Hochstetler each had a team best 17 kills with Yoder assisting on 58 points for EMU. Coto had 12 kills and three solo blocks in the loss.

EMU will now await their opening round oppnent in the NECVA Tournament as the Royals will compete in the first round on Friday, April 4.

Article courtesy of Eastern Mennonite athletics.

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