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Emmaus Places 2nd at NIU Invitational

Posted by jfullan on October 15, 2012 at 1:50 PM

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.

Categories: Women's Volleyball

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