Volleyball Stumbles in ODAC Quarterfinal

The Emory & Henry volleyball team lost in the ODAC Quarterfinals last week with a 3-1 lost to Lynchburg. E&H took the 1-0 lead with a 25-19 victory on opening set.
Junior outsider hitters Ali Singleton had four kills and a block while sophomore outside Tori Holmberg tallied three kills and a pair of blocks. Lynchburg would tie it up at 1-1 with a 25-17 victory in the second set. Lynchburg would then take a 2-1 series lead. During the match, senior outside hitter Tristen Pennington reached the 1,000 kill mark for her career. Becoming the first player in E&H history to do so, and was also the fifth player to get 1,000 digs. She was the first to reach both accomplishments.
The fourth set was a barnburner, with six ties and a lead change from both sides. With the score standing at 22-20, Lynchburg scored the final three points to win and take the match. With the loss, E&H season came to a close as they finished the year 16-13 (6-4 in ODAC).
The E&H Volleyball team was very well represented in the All-ODAC teams. The teams were released after Randolph-Macon won the ODAC Tournament Championship. Junior outside hitter Ali Singleton was recognized with second team all ODAC. A trio of seniors: Tristen Pennington, Kennady Thomason, and Emily Hinshaw were selected to all ODAC third team. Pennington became the first E&H player to be name all ODAC all four years. She averaged 2.81 kills and 2.86 digs per set, tallying 191 kills and 243 digs. She finished her career with 1,003 kills and 1,048 digs. For Hinshaw and Singleton, it was their first time earning the honor. This marked the third year Thomason has won the recognition. The Wasps finished tied for fifth in the league.

– Will Seidel

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