Luke Montalbano, Sports Writer • firstname.lastname@example.org
The Emory & Henry volleyball team traveled to Marietta, OH to open their season at the River City Volleyball Tournament last weekend. The Wasps played 4 games over the weekend. Unfortunately for the Wasps, they fell short in all 4 games this weekend.
The Wasps played their first game against host school Marietta College, as the Pioneers defeated the Wasps 3-1. The first game was won by Marietta 25-17; however, the Wasps would bounce back as they would win game two 25-22. However, the Pioneers took control after that as they would win the third and fourth games by a score of 25-18. Junior Rebecca Morehouse led the way for the Wasps with 8 kills, while sophomore Lauren Coolidge led the way with 14 digs.
The Wasps’ second opponent was Oberlin College of Oberlin, OH. The result of this match was the same as the Wasps’ first one, as the Yeomen took down the Wasps 3-1. The first game was won by Oberlin by a score of 25-8. The Wasps won the second game by a score of 27-25. The final two games was won by Oberlin by a score of 27-25 and 25-18. Senior Ali Singleton led the way with 8 kills and 9 digs. Junior Sam McCauley led the way with 27 assists.
The Wasps would also play two more games the next day. Their first game of the second day was against Mount St. Joseph. The results of this match were a little more unfavorable for the Wasps than the first day, as they fell to Mount St. Joseph 3-0. Mount St. Joseph won the first game by a score of 25-22, the second game 25-15, and the third game 25-23. Junior Tori Homberg recorded a double-double in the match, as she had 11 kills and 17 digs.
The Wasps played their final game of the tournament against Thiel College. The result of this match was the same as the first one, as Thiel took down Emory & Henry 3-0.
Thiel won the first game by a score of 25-21, the second game 25-20, and the third game 25-12. McCauley had another double-double in this match, as she had 25 assists and 11 digs.
This year, the Wasps look to improve from their 16-13 record from last year. Last year, the Wasps finished 6th in the ODAC standings, and this year, they are slated as 8th in the ODAC preseason poll. Randolph-Macon was slated as the top team in the ODAC preseason poll this year. Even though the Wasps got out to a tough start this year, there are still plenty of matches left ahead of them, including another tournament when they travel to Greensboro College invitational.
Another big highlight over the weekend was Sam McCauley picking up her 1,000 career assist.