Men’s Volleyball Team Gets Key 3-1 Win Over Stevenson At Home

Chris Moise led all players with 18 kills as the men handed Stevenson its first loss.
Chris Moise led all players with 18 kills as the men handed Stevenson its first loss.

Faced with an upstart team trying for its second big win in a row, the Eastern Mennonite men’s volleyball team responded to the challenge. For a time, the Royals played their best volleyball of the year before gritting out the finish in a 3-1 win over NECVA Metro foe Stevenson.

The Mustangs had never beaten EMU coming in, entering with a 0-16 mark against the Royals. But with an infusion of young talent this year, Stevenson entered the match 7-0 overall and riding a 3-1 win over No. 15 Ramapo.

Eastern Mennonite quickly took the momentum on the home court, streaking to a 9-2 lead with some big attacks and a pair of service aces.

Stevenson called a timeout and regrouped, but game one was never in doubt as the Royals won 25-18.

Game two looked to be the same, as the men ran out to a 23-12 edge. But after trading points, EMU got sloppy and gave up a 5-0 run. The Royals still won 25-18, but the momentum turned for game three.

Stevenson jumped ahead 7-3. Then with an 11-8 lead, the Mustangs effectively scored two points for every one of EMU’s to grab an easy 25-15 win and force a game four.

The visitors took an early lead again before the Royals went up 7-5. Stevenson then used a 5-0 run to jump back in the lead, 16-13.

Eastern Mennonite responded with a back-breaking run. The men scored four straight and took the lead on a Chris Moise (Hollywood, Fl./South Broward) kill. The Mustangs called a timeout but their next attack sailed just out of bounds. The Royals pushed the run to 7-0, taking a 20-16 edge and the wind out of Stevenson’s sails.

The Mustangs got back within two before EMU closed things out on a 5-1 tear, winning 25-19.

Moise’s big swings led the way on the attack, as he dropped in a match high 18 kills. The Royals also had 12 service aces as a team, with Moise dropping in three. Greg Knight (Chesapeake, Va./Hickory) landed five aces.

Junior Nolan Prock (Virginia Beach, Va./Frank W. Cox) had nine kills, three aces and a match high 15 digs.

John Barry (Aaron Bridge, Oh./Worthington Kilbourne) had 37 assists and four block assists. Frankie Coto (Miami, Fl./Southwest Miami) also had four stuffs while libero Kendall Garber (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) was good for 11 digs.

Austin Jacoby led Stevenson with 16 kills.

The win is the fourth straight for the Royals, as they are now 6-4 overall. More importantly, EMU is 5-0 in NECVA Metro play and one of just two undefeated teams left in the seven-team division. The men play at Philadelphia Biblical, which is 1-0 in the Metro, this Saturday at 7:00pm.