Women's Volleyball

Eagles Fall to Nation's Top-Ranked Volleyball Team

The Faith Eagles fell to Emmaus in straight sets Tuesday evening
The Faith Eagles fell to Emmaus in straight sets Tuesday evening

DUBUQUE, Iowa—The Faith Eagles faced their most difficult task of the season Tuesday night, taking on the top-ranked volleyball team in the nation, the Emmaus Eagles (9-0). Emmaus won in three straight sets, 25-13, 25-8, and 25-19.

Alicia Smith led the way with seven points for the Eagles off of seven kills. Abby Booth added six points off of a team-high five service aces. Paige Sweeney and Nicole Gordon were a lethal one-two punch for Emmaus, combining for 21 kills.

Set One

Faith held its ground in the early stages of the contest, leading by a 3-2 score before Emmaus went on a 12-0 run, mostly through a combination of service aces from Nicole Gordon and attack errors by Faith. Emmaus stretched the lead all the way to 21-6, before some excellent serving by Abby Booth helped the Eagles get back within ten. A pair of late kills by Paige Sweeney helped Emmaus close out set one, 25-13.

Set Two

Set number two was all Emmaus, as they stormed to a 16-0 lead before a timeout from Coach Nihart. After the timeout, Faith scored four straight points and got the score as close as 19-7 before Emmaus finished it off with a flurry of service aces.

Set Three

In set number three, Faith once again held its ground in the early going, forcing a 5-5 tie after a kill by Michaela Crider. Emmaus showed why it is the nation's top-ranked team from there though, flexing its strength with an impressive 12-2 run off of a combination of service aces and solid attack play. Faith climbed within 22-17 before Emmaus won the match and the game on a service error by Faith.

Next

With the loss, the Eagles fall to 6-5 on the season. Their next game is Friday at Calvary University at 6:00 p.m.