DIII No. 12 Eastern Mennonite Nets 3-1 Win Over Medaille at NECVA Crossover


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Harrisonburg, Va. - The Eastern Mennonite University men's volleyball team opened up the North East Collegiate Volleyball Association Western Division Cross-Over Tournament with a 3-1 win over Medaille College Friday afternoon in Yoder Arena.

Game scores were 25-30, 30-26, 30-22, and 30-26. EMU improves to 14-10 overall while Medaille, who had defeated the Royals earlier this season, falls to 13-11.

Senior Calen Hochstetler (Orange Co., Calif./Palomar C.C.) had a team high 13 kills, nine digs, and a service ace for EMU while senior setter Ben Yoder (Lederach, Pa./Christopher Dock) had 35 assists.

Drew Lewandowski had 49 assists for Medaille with Ryan Metz leading the squad with 18 kills.

EMU rallied from a game one defeat in the second stanza with sophomore outside Colten New (Richmond, Va./James River) and Hochstetler each tallying a kill to give the Royals a 15-10 advantage. The home team pushed its lead up to 17-11 on an Medaille attack error before the Mavericks closed to only three points of the lead. A kill by Hochstetler, coupled with three service errors by the Mavericks eventually closed the book on game two with EMU on top.

The Royals wasted little time in games two and three as they built five and four point leads to start off each game. Senior outside Ethan Fry (Guatemala City, Guatemala/Christian Academy of Guatemala) had four kills in game three with Hochstetler and sophmore middle Justin Reesor (Stouffville, Ontario/Stouffville District) tallying four and three kills respectively in game four.

Freshman middle Frankie Coto (Miami, Fla./Southwest Miami) had four kills, a solo block, and five assisted blocks. New finished with a team high 10 digs along with six assisted blocks.

The Royals return to action on Court C, in Yoder Arena, at 10 a.m., with a match against D'Youville College. EMU will then take a short break and face-off against Nazareth College on the main court, Court A, at 2 p.m.

Article courtesy of Eastern Mennonite athletics.

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