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The Calvary Warriors and Emmaus Eagles had very new teams with one returner between the two of them. Both of these teams would be looking for their first win in this first match held at Faith College. The Eagles would once again have a different lineup this week as Gloria Aguirre is back from injury and Sheila Kamau recently joined the squad. The Warriors would come out strong taking the first set with ease as Emmaus could not get a rhythm going. However, set 2 neither team would give room as teams traded points throughout. Emmaus took control in the end and looked to be back into the match. In sets 3 and 4 Calvary would take an early lead and stay in front the whole game for a convincing victory. “We were relying too much on Calvary making mistakes and not making plays for ourselves. You’re not going to win games like that especially against a team like Calvary. One thing us coaches have to remind each other of is that these girls are all playing together for the first time. This weekend will be huge for growth and propelling them to where they need to be, “responded Coach Strautmann.
In the previous year Faith and Emmaus had split in two thrilling matches. There were many new faces on both sides resulting in much anticipation of the upcoming match. However, Faith left little breathing room for Emmaus as serves and hits were coming hard and often. There were moments where Emmaus seemed to spark and get back into the game but Faith would respond well; smothering any chance of a comeback. Faith would go on to win in three. “Faith has improved since last year, which is saying something as last year they were a very competitive team. This was a tough matchup tonight but we all look forward to seeing them again,” concluded Coach Strautmann. Emmaus would be visiting Faith again the following weekend for a rematch. The weekend would finish with a tri at Dayspring College.
Emmaus would kickoff their tri with a match against Grace. The first set started with promise as both teams were making plays. However, Emmaus seemed to hit a mental wall as everything went downhill. Players were missing assignments, emotions were high, and there didn’t appear to be much life in this Emmaus team. Grace won in 3 leaving Emmaus searching for answers. “After our tough losses the previous evening I think we just checked ourselves out of the game after the first sight of adversity. As coaches it is our responsibility to help motivate these players and we need to be doing a better job than what we have been, “Coach Strautmann said.
Emmaus would finish their weekend with a match against host school, Dayspring. Emmaus fell behind early and Dayspring took advantage winning the first set by 10. The second set brought everyone to 15-24 and Emmaus was about to drop another set to the opposing team. And then everything changed, Emmaus came alive. It was a whole new team as everyone was fighting for every point and the girls were energetic and moving. The gym was filled with the yells from the Emmaus team and outside hitter Gloria Aguirre’s family. Emmaus brought it all the way back to 23-24 but fell short on a service out. “It was amazing watching them climb back into that game and having some fun on the way. They saw the fruits of working hard and fighting for your team. In my book they earned a huge win in those moments,” commented Coach Strautmann.
However, Emmaus would need more than an exciting loss to come out on top. The third set had everything you would want in a match as a spectator. There was not a moment where one team led by more than 2 points. It was neck and neck all the way to the finish. Dayspring held a 22-24 lead over Emmaus but just like that they got back into it and won the next 4 points. Middle Hitter, Katie Ryan, had 3 kills to end the match. Unfortunately, Emmaus started a little too late in the fourth set as Dayspring led 18-24 before they really turned it on. The Emmaus Eagles would win the next 3 points to once again get everyone on their feet; however a bad pass off a tip would end the match. “As far as attitudes and work ethic we could not have ended on a higher note. Very proud of the girls in how they fought in the end. They understand what it looks like when everyone is working hard and together. But there is also an acknowledgment from the team of what we need to fix. We have many things to work on next week, but this is a good foundation to build on, “Coach Strautmann concluded.
|Posted by Tabitha Childrey on September 16, 2014 at 9:00 PM||comments (0)|
“You Learn and Push Forward,” (Coach Ben Strautmann)
Emmaus Lady Eagles lined up with a completely new starters this past weekend, with Katie Benningfield, Gloria Aguirre, and Katie Loken still unable to play, due to injuries. Kristen Jones helped the Lady Eagles by filling in as a temporary substitution for the weekend.
The match started with Moody quickly racking up with multiple points from serves. The score was a mere 2-12 when things began to get out of hand, but Emmaus tacked on a few points, cutting the lead down 5-12. However, the Archers regained the serve and ended up running away with the set, 8-25.
Game 2 started and ended in the same fashion as the one before, as Emmaus was unable to find an answer to Moody’s outside attacks. Game 3 appeared to be gaining some traction as they traded points with Moody all the way to 10-10. The Lady Eagles then took the next two points giving them their first lead of the match. Sadly though Moody quickly recovered the lead and ended the match with the final score being 17-25.
“We just had no heart,” observed one of the injured Lady Eagles. “I don’t think we gave Moody our best showing as we learned how big of an impact the mental side of the game is. But you learn and push forward. I have no doubt the girls will respond well and bounce right back, “Coach Strautmann concluded.
|Posted by Tabitha Childrey on September 13, 2014 at 1:40 AM||comments (0)|
The Lady Eagles traveled to North Central in Minneapolis, MN to play in their first away games of the season. Only able to take 6 girls dew to previous injuries the weekend before, it made for a very interesting weekend. The first match, Friday night, ended in an unfortunate loss of three games for the Lady Eagles. Saturday morning the Lady Eagles arrived back at North Central to play their first match of the day against Providence College. During warm ups one of our six players got hurt, leaving us with only five players for the rest of the tri. According to the NCCAA rules under no circumstance can a team play with less than six players. So we were faced with the inevitable of forfeiting our next two matches.
One of the refs informed us that in a previous match he had refereed a similar circumstance had occurred and the player was able to stand on the court for the serve and then step off the court for the rest of the play. As this was our only option we decided to give it a try.
Covering the entire court with six players is already a job in itself, however with five there are twice as many holes. Our defense immediately had to switch. Trying to cover as much area as we could we switched to solo blocking on the out sides and a double block in the middle. The girls played well, almost taking the first set from Providence. The end result however was a loss for that match.
Our last game of the weekend was against North Central. Still with only five players the Lady Eagles were able to put up a great fight taking North Central to five games. However the Lady Eagles still ended the tri with 3 losses. They fought hard and gained confidence not only in themselves but in the team as a whole, and realized that even in unfortunate and not ideal circumstance, we are still able to play well as a team.
|Posted by Tabitha Childrey on September 5, 2014 at 4:10 PM||comments (0)|
Emmaus Bible College Lady Eagles
Volleyball Season 2014
Hosting Mt. Mary 8/29/14
The lady eagles had visited Clarke to scrimmage the JV earlier that week to get their first game experience. “Regardless of what kind of team we have that year it is a good eye opener for the girls playing a very experienced and talented Clarke team. It breaks everybody in real quick to the sport of volleyball which is what a young team (one returner) needs, “remarked Coach Strautmann. However, this would mark the first official regular season game as the Lady Eagles play a team in their conference; Mt. Mary. The gym was packed out, crowd was loud, and both teams were ready for another hard fought victory. The teams traded the first few points as neither team could find the edge. Then as if they had been playing together for years Emmaus took over the game leading at one point 22-12. Emmaus’s Gloria Aguirre went up for a spike late in the game and landed wrong hurting her ankle badly. It was a beautiful spike, but unfortunately at a high price. Emmaus was now down to 6 players without any substitution options. Mt. Mary began to gain a little ground but Emmaus had built such a strong lead it was too little too late.
Spirits were high on the Emmaus bench having won their first set of their first official match. However, Mt. Mary came back with a tremendous string of serves leaving the Emmaus service receive searching for answers. It seemed like two completely different teams from the first set as Mt. Mary won 14-25. “A jump serve is a very high level serve and once it is perfected it is one of the most difficult serves to return. They were very consistent and we simply did not have an answer at the time, “said Coach Strautmann.
Game 3 there were question marks all over the gym as Emmaus sought to regain traction after the previous hard loss. And respond they did as they took Game 3 just easily as they had Game 1 and it seemed they were cruising to a four game victory. However, Game 4 could not have gone any worse for the Emmaus Lady Eagles as they could not even reach double digits.
Now for a little history…
Emmaus faced off against Mt. Mary last year in a very similar match. Mt. Mary won games 1 and 3 and Emmaus won games 2 and 4. Mt. Mary went on to win game 5 in a heartbreaking loss for the Lady Eagles. Now, a year later, a nearly identical situation arises as the teams get ready for another game 5. The teams trade points as it is 4-4 at one point. Emmaus gets to eight first, winning the next four points. However, the match was far from over as Mt. Mary brought it to 7-8. But just like that Emmaus pushed forward again making their way to 14-9. It was so close and you can feel the anticipation in the whole gym, but Mt. Mary would not go away winning the next two points. The moment the ball landed on Mt. Mary’s side the whole gym erupted. Emmaus Lady Eagles would move to 1-0 for the season.
When asked about the game Coach Strautmann had this to say, “We had yet another roller coaster battle with Mt. Mary. Apparently our two teams just love playing five games. Great win for the Ladies. The hustle was outstanding. With a new team, Coach Denny and I see a lot we need to work on but it is almost impossible to “teach” someone to hustle and want that ball and every one of these girls do exactly that. Work hard for every play. This young team has a lot of potential, but we have a lot of work to do as we look forward to our next match against Trinity Bible College.
Emmaus will be hosted by North Central University September 5 and 6th playing against Trinity, North Central, and Providence University.
|Posted by jfullan on October 31, 2013 at 11:10 AM||comments (0)|
There was not a single person at this tournament that was not tired as not only were the games all pushed back but all matches went to five games. Mt. Mary took a 10-0 lead in the first set as Emmaus seemed out of the match already (25-11). The Emmaus bench appeared anxious to get back in game 2 to show what they were made of. From the beginning one could already tell this was a different team than set 1 as Emmaus took it 25-23. “I’m not really sure what that was Game 1, but it sure wasn’t Emmaus Volleyball. It was key for the girls to bounce back in Game 2 which they did convincingly,” said Coach Strautmann. However, Game 3 said otherwise as Mt. Mary once again took a huge lead and left Emmaus baffled in another loss (14-25). The Lady Eagles would need quite the surge to take this match to 5 and they did exactly that winning 25-23. Set 5 was identical to the one against Grace as the Lady Eagles trailed 8-4. This time Emmaus could not mount a comeback losing 8-15. “I won’t deny today was a LONG day but we are going to face similar days at Nationals so we have to be prepared physically and mentally for these battles, “concluded Coach Strautmann.
An impressive end to an up and down season as the Emmaus Lady Eagles ended the season 4-2 and all close matches. They would now spend the next week and a half preparing for their Nationals in Joplin, Missouri.
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Emmaus would have an unexpected third bout with Grace this time on a neutral ground; Mt. Mary. Grace was not messing around as they came out strong in Set 1 taking it 19-25. Grace had just come off a huge win against Mt. Mary taking some games to scores of 33-31 so there was no question they were warmed up and ready to go. Emmaus then went on to take games 2 and 3 by scores of 26-24 and 25-17. At this point it looked as if Emmaus would take another before 5 games but Grace had much to say about this. They took an early lead once again and finished out the set with authority with a score of 25-17. This would bring these two teams to the first game 5 of all their meetings this year. Grace jumped to a 8-4 lead and things were not looking good for the Lady Eagles. Statistically speaking the team to reach 8 points first would run away with the match but today things went a little differently. Emmaus then went on a 11-4 run to close out an up and downhill battle with Grace. “First of all Grace did an awesome job this weekend playing without a couple of their starters as there was not one easy win all weekend. And once again I am extremely impressed with how Lady Eagles have come together under a new setter and lineup at such a critical time of the year, “responded Coach Strautmann.
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“Observe, Interpret, APPLY!” This was the new battle cry of the Emmaus crowd led by students John Walker and Caleb Ruter.
Emmaus had played Grace earlier this year losing in four so they were ready for round 2. Katie Koppen would be setting once again as the injured Bethany Scheer supported from the sideline. Set 1 could not have been played tighter as it was neck in neck the entire set. Both teams were making great plays and covering the court well as the set looked to be coming to an end with an Emmaus lead 24-23. However, Grace would not go away as they brought the score back to 26-26 with it being anybody’s game. Between a couple good serves and solid hitting Emmaus won an intense set 28-26. There was little time to celebrate as set 2 was quickly under way with Emmaus taking a strong early lead of 5-0. After a Grace Timeout they seemed to be right back into it bringing the game close once again. It wasn’t until the end of the match one team seized control as Emmaus won 25-21. Game 3 was just as close as the previous sets but Grace seemed to run out of steam as energized Emmaus ran away with it at the end (25-18).
“This was a huge night not only for the seniors but the whole team as Nationals were just around the corner. These girls are playing their best volleyball right now; very fun to watch," remarked Coach Strautmann.
|Posted by jfullan on October 25, 2013 at 12:20 PM||comments (0)|
Lady Eagles were flying high as they had just won two straight despite being down starting setter Bethany Scheer. Although Emmaus had won the previous matchup against Dayspring (3-1) this would be a completely different ball game. Set 1 both teams came out swinging as rallies were long and bodies were flying. Both teams knew they could not afford to trade points but it wasn’t until the 20’s that this cycle stopped. Score was 22-22 and the game was up for grabs. However, Dayspring won three straight taking the first set. It wasn’t until these final two sets of the weekend that it truly looked like a team with a new setter. Balls were hitting the floor in between players, good decisions were not being made, and it just looked like they didn’t have the same confidence as before. “It was as if the “injury adrenaline” was gone and we all lost the fight for each other. Trust is a HUGE part of volleyball and we all doubted one another towards the end of the match, “Coach Strautmann noted. Dayspring would go on to win 3-0 looking much better in the rematch (17-25, 18-25). Overall this was a successful weekend for both these teams but Emmaus had a few more questions to answer to prepare for the last couple matches and then nationals.
|Posted by jfullan on October 25, 2013 at 12:20 PM||comments (0)|
The Lady Eagles would have to recreate the energy from the previous night in order to beat Oak Hills or anyone for that matter. This is now the team they would be playing with for the rest of the weekend and possibly the year so these girls needed to do better than “escape” with wins. Emmaus could not have responded much better as they took the match in 3 sets (25-17, 25-22, 25-17). Oak Hills fought for every point as there wasn’t a game they gave Emmaus breathing room. “I am not aware of how Oak Hills season has been going but I was impressed and encouraged by the girls’ tenacity, attitude, and hustle. In every set there wasn’t a time where they “faded out” or stopped fighting, “observed Coach Strautmann.
|Posted by jfullan on October 25, 2013 at 12:20 PM||comments (0)|
The idea of winning was becoming a faint memory for the Emmaus Eagles as it had been weeks since their past victory. Tonight they would be tested more than they could have imagined before the weekend started. The game started in a very casual fashion as teams were half-heartedly winning and losing plays. There wasn’t a moment in the match that either team was leading by more than 3 points. Game 1 would go to “overtime” as both teams met at 24. However, the match couldn’t have ended any worse as on the last point setter Bethany Scheer went up for a block and landed wrong. “This was so hard for me to see as I could see the sadness and frustration in her eyes, and it was not because of the physical pain. We had two minutes to pull together and train our back up setter, Katie Koppen, “said Coach Strautmann.
All hope seemed to be lost as the first few plays there was an obvious struggle for everyone to be in the right position. Many people were moved around and there was a setter playing the position for the first time. However, Emmaus seemed to be more unified than before knowing they all needed to work together now more than ever. Although there was still moments of confusion Emmaus came out on top (25-22). Game 3 Emmaus kept pushing with the same intensity winning 25-22 once again. One would not have imagined a game 4 with Emmaus having the chance to win but here they were. Oak Hills responded well finding the weaknesses in the new Emmaus Defense and taking game 4 (23-25). At this point Oak Hills had all the momentum and they used it well starting Game 5 with a lead of 3-8. Statistically the team that hits 8 points first in Game 5 wins simply because the set is shorter and more intense. However, Emmaus made on last push that put them on a 11-4 run taking the match. “This was an amazing comeback to see. An injury that could have given the girls every reason to lose hope and fall out of competition, but they came together for a huge win, “concluded Coach Strautmann. Koppen walked into the locker room to a hearty applause and the Lady Eagles ended the night in prayer for their setter Bethany Scheer.