Virginia Wesleyan takes down EMU in three

Virginia Wesleyan takes down EMU in three

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Virginia Wesleyan College's volleyball Marlins improved to 4-5 overall and to 2-2 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference on Tuesday with a 3-0 victory over the host Royals of Eastern Mennonite University.

The Marlins rolled through the competition at the Yoder Arena, topping the Royals 25-15, 25-23 and 25-19.  It marked VWC's second consecutive road win at EMU and improved Virginia Wesleyan's record to 9-0 in the series with the Royals.

Sophomore Tempe Martens (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) gave VWC a 2-1 lead in the first game and the Marlins never trailed, pushing out to an 11-3 lead. EMU (3-10, 0-4) never got closer than six points the rest of the game.

But, the Royals came back strong in the second game and jumped out to an 11-3 lead.  VWC remained calm however, and gradually chipped away behind Taylor Allen (Bowie, Md./Bladensburg Elizabeth Seton) to pull within four points.  EMU led 14-9 when VWC started to put things in gear and outscored the Royals 12-3 to open up a 21-17 advantage, led by Kala Guy (Fishersville, Va./Wilson Memorial), Martens, and Allen. EMU tied the game at 23-all, but a Martens kill and an ace by Erin Paton (Chesapeake, Va./Western Branch) sealed the VWC win.

Eastern Mennonite led 7-6 early in the third game, before the Marlins took the lead for good on a Guy kill.  Virginia Wesleyan maintained at least a three-point lead thereafter.

Martens led the Marlins with 13 kills, Guy finished with nine and Allen with eight.  Allie Bal (Bogota, N.J./Bogota) recorded 19 assits and 11 digs.

VWC competes again on Friday, Sept.23, at 2:30 p.m. against Martin Methodist College at 2:30 p.m. in Atlanta in the Emory University Homecoming Invitational.  Martin Methodis, a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, is currently 5-7.