VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University volleyball team opened up its Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) schedule with a win, taking down Eastern Mennonite in straight sets (25-20, 26-24, 25-15). With the win the Marlins are now 1-0 in the ODAC and 5-3 overall. EMU slips to 2-5 on the season (0-1 ODAC).
An early 9-1 run in set one put the Marlins in good position to take it handily, but the second set was a different story. The beginning of the stanza was played evenly with points going both team's ways but a 9-0 run put the Royals up 20-14. The visiting team would run the score up to 24-19, earning them five-straight set points. The Marlins went forward unfazed though as Elizabeth Britton stepped to the service line. The junior served seven straight points and with some help from a pair of kills by Doneisha Hall and Amber Matalus, the Marlins made an impressive comeback to take the set. The team then rolled that momentum into the third set to secure their first conference victory of the year.
Matalus had a monster day in the middle, racking up 13 kills and accruing a kill percentage of .647 (13 kills on 17 attack attempts). Hall, Britton and Kristina Scott all chipped in nine a piece as well.
Meghan Wood piled in 34 assists on the evening, just two away from moving into fifth all-time at Virginia Wesleyan University (917). Wood also turned in four service aces which moved her into fourth all-time in that stat category (67).
Due to the impending weather, volleyball will not be playing in the Averett Tournament as it is cancelled. The team's next scheduled game will be on Sept. 19 against Christopher Newport University at home.