It was a historic night in Wisconsin, as the Lady Eagles defeated hosts Maranatha Baptist University 3-1. The win marked the first time an Emmaus team has defeated the Sabercats, who are the current defending NCCAA DII National Champions.
The Emmaus volleyball team officially added Paulina Velderrain from Tucson, AZ to their roster today. Paulina lettered with Following Wells High in Tucson where she was named Offensive Player of the Year as a senior, as well as being named third team All-Southern Arizona (5A).
The Emmaus Lady Eagles roster gained more depth today with the addition of north of the border recruit Morgan Thiessen. Thiessen, a 5’7 setter, played her high school ball for the Broncos of J.H. Bruns Collegiate. She was the varsity captain for three seasons, was an SCAC All-Star setter her senior year, and was named athlete of the month twice.
The Lady Eagles are proud to welcome Halle Postma as the second member of their 2018 recruiting class. Postma brings a great deal of volleyball experience to Emmaus. She earned five varsity letters for the Aggieland Panthers, where she primarily set but also played some right side and middle. Halle earned the “Most Consistent Server” award for all of her high school career.
The Emmaus Lady Eagles are pleased to add Verah Banasky to their 2018 roster. Banasky, a 5’6 hitter from Melissa, TX, played for Dallas Skyline Juniors as well as Melissa High School. Verah was also involved with Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the National Honor Society, and was a student council officer.
DUBUQUE, IA – The Emmaus volleyball team returned from their first NCCAA National Tournament
appearance in Greenville, SC with tired bodies but satisfied hearts, as the eighth-seeded underdogs
were able to secure a sixth place final placing to conclude their season.
I remember laying on the gym floor at Emmaus after a long workout with Hannah Postma this summer. We were talking about the team for this season, which seemed to be our most frequent topic of conversation. We would dream about how incredible it would be to go to the National Tournament. Well, after a great, hard-fought season, you can only imagine how it felt to hear Coach say the words, “Pack your bags, we’re going to South Carolina!”
The Emmaus volleyball team will continue on in post-season play, as yesterday the Lady Eagles earned an at-large berth to the 2017 NCCAA Division II National Tournament in Greenville, SC. “We are happy to be part of a very competitive region, and are honored to represent them and Emmaus on the national stage,” commented Coach Pitman.
Emmaus had strong contributions from multiple players in the final. Captain Hannah Postma had a career high 55 assists, with Wynne Vandersall also hitting a career best 28 kills. Lyndra Davis pounded 10 kills, and Alli Howard and Paige Sweeney both had huge games with 9 kills each. Nicole Gordon had 3 service aces, and Savannah Petersen had 27 digs and 5 assists.
"This was an exceptional effort against a strong opponent," said Coach Pitman. "I was extremely pleased with our play and effort. Macalaster was simply the better team today and I thought we did all we could to be competitive in this fast paced match."
Paige Sweeney had her biggest night of the season with 13 kills and just a single error. Wynne Vandersall and Alli Howard split the outside offense evenly with 8 kills each, and Lyndra Davis contributed 5. Hannah Postma had 32 assists as Emmaus hit .265 on the night. Libero Savannah Petersen had 17 digs.
All players on the roster contributed to the win, as Emmaus continued to work on ball control, hitting .330 compared to Mt. Mary’s -.122. “It was important for us to play a hard match tonight and control the elements that we have been working on,” commented Coach Pitman.
“We are continuing to talk about growing and the process more than the score,” said Coach Pitman after the match. “I am proud of each young lady on this team. It is nice to be on the winning side of the scoreboard, but more importantly we are striving as a team to push ourselves, to do things the right way, and to honor the Lord as we do so.”
Friday night saw Emmaus pitted against NAIA opponent Silver Lake College (Manitowoc, WI). The Lady Lakers presented some large blocks, but the Lady Eagles were able to control the pace of the match with a quick offense and won in straight sets with all players contributing to the effort (25-9, 25-7, 25-18).
Lyndra Davis had her biggest night of the season as she cranked out 7 kills in the right side position. Wynne Vandersall had another 13 kill evening, and middles Paige Sweeney and Elizabeth Brame each contributed 6 to the cause. Setter Hannah Postma had 33 assists, and Libero Savannah Petersen had 12 digs
Alli Howard had her biggest match of the season, putting down 9 kills with just a single error. Howard also had 3 aces and 2 assisted blocks, and led the team with 13 points. Wynne Vandersall had 12 kills and Paige Sweeney had 8 along with 4 assisted blocks. Hannah Postma dished up 31 assists as the team hit .337 on the night.