2016-17 Women's Volleyball News
June 20, 2017
Vandersall Commits to Emmaus
Vandersall, a 5’8 outside hitter, played for one of Iowa’s top prep programs at Mt. Vernon High, where she pounded 915 career kills. 310 of those kills came during her senior season, in which she also had a .323 hitting percentage. Wynne also posted 31 aces last season while serving with 97.6 percent accuracy.
June 16, 2017
Davis Brings Experience, Hops to Lady Eagles
Davis, a 5’5 pin hitter, earned three varsity letters for the Lady Bulldogs at Zephyrhills High. In 2016 she was a Zephyrhills Athlete of the Month selection, and was awarded 1st Team All-Conference in the Sunshine Athletic Conference.
June 9, 2017
Reibling Signs with Emmaus
The Lady Eagles added further depth to their roster today with the signing of local standout Emma Reibling. Reibling, an outside hitter, had a strong career at Tri-State Christian (Galena, IL), where she was a four year letter winner and three year varsity captain.
May 30, 2017
Shady Adds Depth to Emmaus Roster
The Lady Eagles are pleased to welcome Kelsey Shady to their team for the next four years. Shady, a 5’7 pin hitter from Mt. Vernon, Iowa, lettered with the Mt. Vernon Mustangs - one of the state’s historically dominant programs.
May 12, 2017
Emmaus Volleyball Announces First 2017 Signings
The Lady Eagles are pleased to announce the addition of Kendra and Nicole Gordon to their roster for the upcoming season. The Gordon sisters were both three year letter winners at Hamilton High (Hamilton City, CA), where they led the Lady Braves to a Northern Section Division V Championship.
November 14, 2016
Emmaus Captures Third Place at Nationals to End Season
“This was a fun match and another great performance by both teams,” said Coach Pitman. “Ozark has a few rotations that are very strong and we adjusted our rotations accordingly in each set to find our best matchup against them. The victory was a true team effort as we had key clutch plays from every player at certain points of the match. This was some of our best volleyball of the season. I am glad that we were able to perform so well in another pressure situation and that we never let the score affect our game plan.”
November 11, 2016
Emmaus Wins First Match at National Tournament
”Alli Howard led the attack for Emmaus with 8 kills. Hannah Snow and Savannah Petersen each chipped in 5. Vivienne Yates had 4 aces and 12 digs. Hannah Bell had 21 assists and teamed up with Elizabeth Brame for 5 assisted blocks. Jenny Benson had 3 kills and Rachel West had 7 digs.
November 11, 2016
Lady Eagles Fall to Arlington in Hard Fought Match
“Taking a set from Arlington was no small feat for us, and the ladies should be proud of their effort today. We had very low error counts in all four sets, which means Arlington had to put balls down on the floor to win – and that is how we wanted to play against them,” commented Coach Pitman. “We gave our all and I am very proud of how we never gave up.
November 9, 2016
Lady Eagles Head to ACCA Tournament
“We used our time off after the MCCC tournament for recovery and productive practice sessions, so we feel ready to compete,” commented Coach Pitman. “Every team in this tournament has strength and I believe every match will be a tough test for us. We have stuck together as a team this season through highs and lows and I am looking forward to this being a challenging and fun end to this year’s journey.”
October 22, 2016
Lady Eagles Make History in Manhattan!
“Everything was going our way and we forced Faith into generating a lot of errors,” commented Coach Pitman. “They are a well-coached and strong opponent and we said after set two that we expected new strategies from Faith and that they would do everything they could to gain momentum.” Indeed it was a different Faith team that emerged, and put Emmaus in the hole with tough serving and hard hitting. The Lady Eagles could not string together any good runs and struggled defensively.
October 22, 2016
Second Place Finish for Lady Eagles at Conference Tournament
This is the farthest Emmaus has advanced in tournament play in the MCCC in their short three year history in the conference. Emmaus also captured second place in the conference regular season standings. The Lady Eagles now stand at 14-5 on the season.
October 16, 2016
Lady Eagles End Regular Season with Solid Win
The Lady Eagles continued to play as a unit, fighting hard for every point in the match while sticking to their game plan. “We saw the court really well and made smart plays consistently, which I feel is what won us the game,” said Coach Ruter.
October 15, 2016
Emmaus Sweeps in Test of Endurance
The Lady Eagles made the long trek to Joplin, MO to take on NCCAA opponent Bible Baptist College and MCCC opponent Ozark Christian College in a back-to- back doubleheader. Traveling without Coach Pitman, and putting out their smallest lineup of the season (8 players), Emmaus knew they would be tested mentally, emotionally, and physically.
October 9, 2016
Lady Eagles Win Final Home Match of the Season
“Consistent play this afternoon was the key for us and I hope we can carry that into the final matches of the regular season,” commented Coach Pitman. Elizabeth Brame led the attack with 13 kills, and Hannah Snow contributed 10.
October 5, 2016
Emmaus Victorious in All-Iowa Battle
“This was amazing teamwork and mental toughness by the ladies tonight,” commented Coach Pitman. “We are striving to play this type of volleyball, and it was encouraging to see us play to our potential for four straight sets. Faith played a great match and I hope we both continue to make an impact in our conference for the rest of the season.”
October 1, 2016
Lady Thunder Too Much for Emmaus
“I am proud of how we played in this set, and hopefully we are continuing to learn from tough situations. Kudos to Manhattan on a well-played match” said Coach Pitman. “We showed tonight that we have the potential to play with any team in the conference, and Coach Ruter and I are excited to see what we will accomplish in the month of October.”
October 1, 2016
Lady Eagles Split at Dayspring Triangular
Coach Ruter’s strategy seemed to spark Emmaus, as they completed set two with only 2 unforced errors and a score of 25-6. The Lady Eagles continued to roll in sets three (25-16) and four (25-13) to close out the match. “Coach Ruter and I were very encouraged by how we turned things around today,” said Coach Pitman. “We struggled at times in all aspects of the game, but we did not give up and we are striving to be the best we can be as a unified team.”
September 24, 2016
Volleyball Captures Victory on the Road
“We are still not running “Plan A” for our team, due to various circumstances, such as injuries, that are beyond our control,” commented Coach Pitman. “I appreciated the effort tonight as we had players get out of their comfort zones a bit. We are only going to be strong and competitive if we are unified, so every match we need to challenge ourselves to do our best and handle whatever circumstances come our way.
September 17, 2016
Lady Eagles Split First MCCC Contests
“We started slowly against Barclay and did not generate much emotion on our side of the net,” said Coach Pitman. “Neutral site matches are sometimes tough for us in this regard, but I was pleased how we pushed ourselves to pick up the intensity to finish in three sets.”
September 10, 2016
Injured Lady Eagles Win First Home Match
“I was proud of how we responded as a team after the second set,” said Coach Pitman. “Our defense and passing stepped up and as a result our offense was able to generate some good strong numbers.”
September 10, 2016
Emmaus Has Strong Finish to Home Quad
In the second match of the day, Emmaus took on the Eagles of Dayspring Bible College, who were relentless in their defensive play. Emmaus was able to take the match in three sets, largely on passing and offensive firepower.
September 3, 2016
Emmaus Sweeps Season Opener
“Coach Ruter and I stressed to the team that tonight and the rest of the weekend is not about the scoreboard, and we really mean it,” said Coach Pitman. “I am not taking anything away from our victory, because the ladies earned it, but at this point in the season we are most concerned with attitude, unity, and execution of our system.....
September 3, 2016
Continued Growth for the Lady Eagles
“We learned a lot about ourselves this weekend and it was good for us to play against two NJCAA opponents as our first matches,” commented Coach Pitman. “Coach Ruter and I are very pleased with our effort and testimony and look forward to seeing more great things from the ladies this fall.”
August 31, 2016
Unity, Versatility Key for Lady Eagles in 2016
“We have a hard working and dedicated group of ladies, and Coach Ruter and I are excited to see the progress we will make this season,” commented Coach Pitman.