Peyton Williams, Sports Writer • email@example.com
The Emory & Henry College Volleyball Team ended their season on a high note this past week, defeating Guilford College at home as well as Regent University on Senior Night.
The first match of the week for the Wasps came against Old Dominion Athletic Conference opponent Guilford. The Quakers entered the match with their fair share of ODAC struggles as well. At the beginning of the match, the Quakers jumped out to an early 5-0 lead, eventually going on to take the first set. The Wasps then won the second and third set pretty convincingly before a hard-battled fourth set. The Wasps and Quakers went back and forth all set before the Wasps eventually pulled it out, 30-28.
The three sets to one win for the Wasps sealed their ODAC record to 3-8. Junior right-side hitter Tori Holmberg led all players with 19 kills and finished the double-double with 10 digs. She also added two aces and two blocks. Junior middle Rebecca Morehouse added 14 kills while Ali Singleton added 10 kills, six digs and three blocks. Junior middle Megan Stitzer had seven kills and four blocks. Junior setter Sam McCauley had 38 assists, 14 digs, and five kills for a double-double of her own. Sophomore libero Lauren Coolidge led the team with 23 digs. She also tallied eight assists and three aces while junior defensive specialists Huntre Baxter and Amethyst Crawford each added 12 digs and three aces.
The Wasps returned to Bob Johnson Court for their final match of the season; Senior Night against Regent University. The Wasps recognized their two seniors, Ali Singleton and Sarah Scott as well as senior assistant Chris Benton.
After the pregame festivities, the Wasps came out ready to play for one last time in 2017. Emory & Henry jumped out a 4-1 lead in the opening set and pushed its advantage to 10-4 after a four-point serving run by junior right-side hitter Tori Holmberg.
The Wasps extended their lead to 14-6 thanks to a four-point run from junior defensive specialist Amethyst Crawford. The Wasps led by as much as eleven points, 209. Four successive points, which included three kills from junior middle Rebecca Morehouse ended the first set by a score of 25-14.
E&H dominated the second set, jumping out to a 10-5 lead and used a 10-point run including five-straight aces from junior defensive specialist Huntre Baxter to extend the advantage to 20-5. Junior setter Sam McCauley (Glade Spring, Va.) closed the set out with three aces, allowing the Wasps to win the second set 25-8. The Wasps cruised to a 25-12 win in the third set, giving them the match victory.
Holmberg finished the night with a match high 10 kills, adding six digs and two aces. Also, Morehouse tacked on nine kills and a block. Singleton added six kills and five digs, while Stitzer finished with four kills, and three aces. Sophomore outside hitter Sam Maddox tallied four kills of her own. Sophomore libero Lauren Coolidge added at teamhigh eight digs and tacked on two assists and two aces.
Senior Sarah Scott has been unable to play due to an injury suffered at the beginning of the season. When asked about Senior Night, Scott stated “I felt like mine had happened quite a long time ago since I was injured in our first home game, but it was still surreal to know that that was the last game that I was going to be a part of.”
The win for the Wasps ended their season, but finalized their record at 7-21.