Volleyball Rides Wave of Emotion into Tournament

On Friday, Oct. 28 the Emory & Henry Women’s Volleyball team took to the court in a matchup that would prove to be a test of strength and resilience.
Facing West Virginia Tech, the Wasps had a little more motivation for the sake of their seniors who were seeing their home court one final time. “The seniors were our driving factor entering into the game. We wanted them to leave with a ‘bang’. We haven’t had the best home performances, but we wanted to make sure they could end on something memorable,” said sophomore right-side hitter Tori Holmberg.
Jumping into the action, E&H took a 1-0 lead in the match after the first set thanks to a six-kill performance from senior outside hitter Tristen Pennington. The frame featured 11 tied and four lead changes before the Wasps scored the final three points to win, 25-22.
The second set proved to be a trial for the Wasps as the two teams battled back and forth early in the second, but once the Golden Bears tied things up at 18-all, they went on to finish things out with a 7-0 run.
As the Golden Bears clinched another win in the third set, the Wasps weren’t backing down. The Wasps went up 5-1 early, and continued to pull away to tie the match 2-2.
With the final set in view, E&H led a powerful display of strength and toughness as they clinched the set 15-8 grabbing the victory 3-2.
On Saturday, the Wasps faced off against the Quakers of Guilford College. This matchup was the final regular season game of the year and proved to be an arduous task for the ladies. “We knew that it was a really important game going in, but we were going to treat it like any other matchup. Our focus was on what we were trying to accomplish,” said junior setter Sarah Scott.
E&H grabbed the first set over the Quakers, but would fall short in 3 consecutive sets following this. The Quakers seized the victory over the visiting Wasps and would send them home preparing for the ODAC tournament.
With high hopes and determination, E&H will next compete in the Quarterfinals of the 2016 ODAC Tournament on Wednesday evening.

– Andrew Davis

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