After a tough 2015 season, the Emory & Henry Wasps volleyball team has had high hopes entering into this year. Having won only one of the first five games played so far in this season, the Wasps are looking to bounce back and seize the next task at hand.
This past weekend, the Emory & Henry volleyball team took to the court in the 22nd Annual Averett Cougar Classic. The teams playing included both conference and non-conference opponents: Guilford, North Carolina Wesleyan, Frostburg State, and the host Averett.
There were many accomplishments that stood out among team leaders during this tournament. Senior Emily Hinshaw reached two incredible milestones in her career as a Wasp in attaining a career 1,000 digs and breaking the Wasp record for career service aces. Before entering the match, her mindset regarding these milestones was that of unselfishness and focus.
“I honestly just tried to put it in the back of my mind,” she said. “My goal was to go into the weekend doing everything I could to make a positive impact on the court, but the fact that I was so close to reaching some milestones definitely added some extra fire.”
In their first game against North Carolina Wesleyan, the Wasp sophomore Kate Franklin tallied up a team-high nine kills. Entering the mix, sophomore Tori Holmberg and senior Kennady Thomason added seven kills. Sophomore Sam McCauley and freshman Abigail Smiley also added 15 and 13 assists with Hinshaw leading the Wasps with 15 digs. The Wasps fell 0-3 in hard fought games.
In their second match, the Wasps fell short again to the Quakers of Guilford College. Junior Ali Singleton collected 12 kills, while freshman Sydney McKinney brought in eight kills with a .462 attack percentage. McCauley had 15 assists and two aces while junior Sarah Scott added 10 assists. Hinshaw posted a team-high 17 digs and eclipsed the 1,000-dig mark for her career during the match. Thomason added five kills and four blocks in the match as well. After this match the Wasps aimed to bounce back.
Frostburg State posed a threat to the Wasps early Sunday morning, but the Wasps were unhindered in their match against the Bobcats. With Thomason dishing out 11 kills, three aces and five blocks to lead the way, the Wasps were finally led to a 3-1 victory.
In their final game, the Wasps took a loss against the Cougars of Averett University 0-3. Here Hinshaw broke the Emory & Henry record for career service aces.
With the losses behind them, the Wasps aim to come back with resilience as they travel to West Virginia University Tech on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m.
– Andrew Davis