|Posted by jfullan on June 12, 2013 at 12:55 AM||comments (0)|
Lewis Shin will be serving this year as Assistant Men's Soccer Coach. Lewis graduated with his Bachelor's in Biblical Studies and Business Administration from Emmaus in 2011. He played soccer at Emmaus from 2007-2011 and was a captain as a senior. Lewis and his wife Hannah are currently living in Dubuque and expecting their first child in July.
|Posted by jfullan on June 12, 2013 at 12:40 AM||comments (0)|
Ashleigh Wilson will be serving this year as Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach. In 2012, she acquired her Bachelor’s in Biblical Studies and Music Education at Emmaus. While attending Emmaus, she played all four years of basketball and was a team captain during her senior year. Ashleigh now resides in Dubuque where she teaches music at Roosevelt Middle School.
|Posted by jfullan on June 3, 2013 at 3:00 PM||comments (0)|
Emmaus Alumnus Ben Strautmann will be serving this year as the Head Women’s Volleyball Coach. In 2013 he acquired his Bachelor’s in Biblical Studies and Business Administration at Emmaus. In addition to playing four years of volleyball in high school he was a captain of the first Men’s Club volleyball team in 2012. Ben and his wife Emily are currently happily raising their black labrador, Bagheera.
|Posted by jfullan on May 20, 2013 at 3:05 PM||comments (0)|
We are excited to announce alumnus Kyle Graw as Head Women’s Basketball Coach for the 2013-2014 season! Kyle graduated with his Bachelor’s in Biblical Studies and Youth Ministry from Emmaus in 2010. He played basketball at Emmaus alongside Athletic Director Luke Wilkerson from 2007-2010. Kyle and his wife Tina have a son, Elijah, and a daughter, Laila Rose.
|Posted by jfullan on November 15, 2012 at 3:20 PM||comments (0)|
The Emmaus Eagles men's basketball team coasted to a 20 point halftime lead and fought off a comeback from the Faith Baptist Bible College Eagles to finish with an impressive 74-56 victory. Caleb Ruter led the team with 22 points on a excellent 10-13 shooting night. Darvaris Peterson recorded a double double with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
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The Lady Eagles achieved their goal at the ACCA National Tournament in Joplin, MO, heading back to Iowa with a 4th place finish. “We knew the road to reach the semi-finals would be hard and we would have to win at least two matches in pool play to have a chance,” said Coach Pitman. “The top five seeds all came in with winning records and we believed any team could win the whole thing.”
The ACCA Awards Brunch was Thursday morning and Emmaus had three players honored. Bethany Scheer received the Scholar Athlete Award, Katie Ryan was named second team All-American, and senior captain Shannon Flogel was named first team All-American. “Well done and well deserved,” commented Coach Pitman. “Shannon and Katie had great seasons and were supported by the great play of their teammates as well.”
Pool play began on Thursday evening, and Emmaus was tested right from the start in their first match against the #1 seed and host team, Ozark Christian College. “We were mentally prepared for the challenge Ozark would present to us,” said Coach Pitman. “We were nervous at the beginning but played an incredible match the rest of the night.” The Lady Eagles fell 14-25 in the first set but charged back to win in an exciting five set match (25-14, 25-13, 23-25, 15-12). “We played with pure heart and stayed mentally tough in this match and I believe it was the highlight of the season for us,” commented Coach Pitman. “It was an amazing feeling for Hannah and me to watch the ladies play unified ball and give it their all on the floor. Our soccer team went hoarse with cheering and they were huge in helping us keep momentum.”
The win against Ozark put Emmaus in a good position on Friday as they finished out pool play. The first match against Champion Baptist (Hot Springs, AK) was close for the first half of the first two sets, with the Lady Eagles pulling away at the end of each (25-18, 25-16). Set three saw Emmaus hit a hot serving streak to close out the match quickly (25-8).
The Lady Eagles now faced a familiar foe, Calvary Bible (Kansas City, MO), but were unable to come up with a victory. “Calvary is a very smart and well coached team and they did a great job of exploiting our weaknesses,” commented Coach Pitman. “We played well, but Calvary played outstanding and deserved the win.” Emmaus lost 1-3 (19-25, 22-25, 25-21, 21-25).
The wins against Ozark and Champion were enough to propel the Lady Eagles into the semi-finals on Saturday, where they were matched against #2 seed Hillsdale Baptist (Moore, OK). “Hillsdale is a quick athletic team with very aggressive offense and serving,” said Coach Pitman. Emmaus played exceptional, urgent ball, giving all they had, but in the end they were not able to match the Lady Saints as they fell 0-3 (18-25, 21-25, 18-25).
Thirty minutes later Emmaus faced Calvary again in the third place and final match of the season. “We played with all we had left, which wasn’t a lot,” said Coach Pitman. “I am so proud of the ladies for fighting until the last point to end an incredible season.” Emmaus and Calvary battled back and forth with both teams having hot and cold streaks, but in the end the Lady Warriors caught the momentum at the right time, defeating the Lady Eagles in five sets (25-17, 24-26, 26-24, 19-25, 8-15). “There is no shame in losing to a great team like Calvary who truly played outstanding volleyball in this tournament,” said Coach Pitman. “Our ladies showed great character and heart the whole season and Emmaus should be very proud of what they have accomplished for our young volleyball program.”
The Lady Eagles end the 2012 season with a record of 17 wins and 8 losses and were competitive in every match they played, being swept 0-3 only three times. “I speak for Hannah and myself when I say we have been blessed by this group and have appreciated how they desired to have godly hearts both when things were going well and when things were hard,” said Coach Pitman. “We are looking forward to seeing future Emmaus teams build on the success of this season.”
|Posted by jfullan on October 29, 2012 at 5:10 PM||comments (0)|
The Emmaus volleyball team will make an appearance at the ACCA National Tournament in Joplin, MO this week for just the second time in their program’s short history. The Lady Eagles ended regular season play with a record of 15 -5, and have spent the last two weeks improving their game both in practice and with scrimmages against Loras College (NCAA DIII) and Clarke University (NAIA). “Our schedule has slowed down a bit but it has been very positive for us to step back and to have some quality time to work on specific aspects of our game,” commented Coach Pitman. “The whole team is feeling great about the way we are performing right now.”
The Lady Eagles enter the national tournament as the #4 seed and will need at least two wins in their pool to have a chance at being in the winner’s bracket. “This will be a very tough tournament and we hope to play our best volleyball of the season,” said Coach Pitman.
Emmaus faces #1 seeded tournament hosts Ozark Christian College in their first match on Thursday (6pm). They then face #8 Champion Baptist College (12pm) and #5 Calvary Bible College (4pm) on Friday afternoon. You can keep up with the Lady Eagles’ progress on Facebook at www.facebook.com/EmmausVolleyball
|Posted by jfullan on October 15, 2012 at 1:50 PM||comments (0)|
The Lady Eagles came home from Dunbar, WI on Saturday night with a second place finish at Northland’s tournament.
In their first match on Friday, Emmaus was pitted against NCAA DIII opponent Mt. Mary College (Milwaukee, WI). “We knew this would be a huge test coming in, as Mt. Mary defeated Moody 3-1 earlier this season,” said Coach Pitman. The Lady Eagles played some inspired ball at times, and were able to sneak two sets from the Blue Angels, but in the end Mt. Mary’s offense proved too difficult to defend against as they dominated the other three sets for a 3-2 victory.
The Lady Eagles then took on the Lady Lions of Finlandia University (Houghton, WI), another NCAA DIII opponent. After initially struggling to defend Finlandia’s attack, Emmaus pulled together a consistent run to take the first set 26-24. Sets two and three found the Lady Eagles playing with much better tempo, as they took both sets to win the match (25-21, 25-13).
On Saturday morning Emmaus faced off against the Lady Pioneers of Northland; a win for either team would mean a trip to the championship match. “We played Northland in the very first match of the year, and we were all very aware that they have a program of excellence and they would be a much different team this time around,” commented Coach Pitman. Indeed such was the case, as the Lady Pioneers stormed to a 16-25 win in the first set. The Lady Eagles would not give up however, as they fought and fought for every point in sets two and three, coming out with a slim win in each (26-24, 27-25). Northland hit one hot run at the beginning of set four and Emmaus could not recover as they dropped the set 19-25. The Lady Eagles now found themselves in their fourth fifth set match of the year. “We have struggled at times lately with retaining our composure under pressure, and we were glad to have another opportunity to show what our team is made of,” said Coach Pitman. Emmaus led 8-2 as they applied the pressure, but after the switch the Lady Pioneers would not give up, fighting back to make the score 12-14. The final sequence of the match saw some exciting, nail-biting volleyball complete with huge kills and stuff blocks during the five match points that were offered. In the end the Lady Eagles were able to take the set and the match by a score of 18-16. “We stuck to our game plan and came out on top, but just barely,” said Coach Pitman. “Kudos to Northland for playing a fantastic match.”
Thirty minutes later Emmaus took the court for a rematch against Mt. Mary for the championship, but found they had little left to give after the Northland match. The Blue Angels cruised to a 3-0 victory (14-25, 16-25, 13-25). “We were exhausted and drained in this match, not only physically but mentally and emotionally,” said Coach Pitman. “We reached our goal of playing for the championship this weekend and should be proud of how things ended up.”
Emmaus finishes their official regular season schedule with a record of 15 wins and 5 losses.
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Confidence was high as the Lady Eagles made the trek to Ankeny to rematch the Faith Eagles and try to avenge their loss two weeks ago. At the end of the night, it was a case of the spirit being willing but the flesh being weak. “We came into this match mentally prepared and ready to compete with great incentive to win,” said Coach Pitman. “However, our bodies disagreed and were not up to the task.” Emmaus and Faith battled back and forth in the first set, knotting the score at 11-11, but that was as close as the match would be. “We did not play Emmaus volleyball tonight and failed to execute aspects of the game that we have been performing well to date,” commented Coach Pitman. “Faith played a stellar match and took advantage of every opportunity we gave them.”
Indeed nothing went right for the Lady Eagles as they hit a dismal .066 attack percentage for the match and gave up 20 aces on serve receive. “Balls we normally put away didn’t go down. Digs we normally make went astray. Poor calls that normally even out in the course of a match didn’t. If we had to have this kind of match this season, we are sure glad it is behind us now,” said Coach Pitman.
Emmaus dropped sets one and two by scores of 19-25 and 18-25. After a Faith injury the Lady Eagles made a run in set three to win 25-20, but set four was all Faith as they dominated by a score of 25-14.
“Every win and every loss is an opportunity for us to learn and become better as a team,” said Coach Pitman. “Tonight wasn’t the end of the season, we have lots of tough volleyball left to play and we will grow and move on from this.”
The Lady Eagles head to Northland International University (Dunbar, WI) this weekend for a tough four team tournament that will include two NCAA DIII schools (Mt. Mary – Milwaukee, WI and Finlandia – Houghton, MI). Emmaus’s record after these four matches will determine their seeding for the ACCA National Tournament. The Lady Eagles currently sit at 13-3 for the season.
|Posted by jfullan on October 11, 2012 at 12:05 AM||comments (0)|
It wasn’t easy and it wasn’t always pretty, but the Lady Eagles survived another Saturday of volleyball to improve to 13-2 on the season.
In the first match of the day vs. Calvary Bible College (Kansas City, MO), Emmaus rode the volleyball rollercoaster, at times playing inspired and unbeatable, at times playing sluggish and error ridden. “We are continuing to work and learn about generating tempo and controlling momentum,” commented Coach Pitman. “Even though we had some very rough patches, I was very proud that we didn’t let it get us down and we fought hard to bounce back for the win.” The Lady Eagles closed out the win in their second fifth set match of the season (25-16, 20-25, 25-16, 18-25, 15-11).
The second match saw Emmaus play with more control and confidence as they defeated Grace Bible College (Grand Rapids, MI) 25-20, 25-21, 25-19. “Grace is a much improved team since our last meeting and they pushed us to stay in system and run our offense,” said Coach Pitman.
The Lady Eagles now look to the rest of what will be the toughest week of the season to date. The Lady Eagles hit the road tonight for a rematch with Faith Baptist (Ankeny, IA) and then make the trek to Northland International for a tournament this weekend.