Eagles Outlast Emory & Henry For Big Conference Victory
EMORY, Va. - Mara Hogan (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby) and Bethany Doman (Strasburg, Va./Strasburg) posted double-doubles Friday night as the Bridgewater College Eagles outlasted Emory & Henry in five games for a key ODAC victory.
The Eagles took an early lead with a 25-18 victory in the first game, but the Wasps evened the scored by edging BC 25-22 in Game 2.
Bridgewater dominated the third game, 25-14, to regain the upper hand, but once again the Wasps pulled even by winning a close fourth game, 25-23.
The Eagles then held off the hosts 15-12 in the deciding game to claim the victory.
Bridgewater jumped out to a quick 5-1 lead in the opening game and never trailed. After the Wasps closed to within 15-12, the Eagles pulled away with five straight points. A kill by
Hogan had a huge night for the Eagles, finishing with 17 kills and 19 digs - both team highs. Doman added 11 kills and 11 digs for BC and Katie Long (Floyd, Va./Floyd County) put down 15 kills. Katie Baker (Strasburg, Va./Strasburg) just missed a double-double as she finished with nine kills and nine blocks. Casey O'Leary (Quniton, Va./New Kent) chipped in with 17 digs while Lindsay Kallam (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) directed the offense and distributed 48 assists.
Bridgewater jumped out to a quick 5-1 lead in the opening game and never trailed. After the Wasps closed to within 15-12, the Eagles pulled away with five straight points. A kill by Baker, an ace by O'Leary and two kills by Long fueled the decisive run.
Bridgewater had a chance to take control of the match when it jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the second game. The Eagles still led by seven, 17-10, when the Wasps rallied to take a 21-20 lead. A kill by Doman tied the score, but E&H scored the next three points for a 24-21 lead and closed out the game, 25-22.
Bridgewater broke a 4-4 tie in the third game with six straight points. A kill by Doman, a service ace by Kallam and two kills from Long pushed the Eagles out to a 10-4 lead and this time there would be no E&H comeback.
The Eagles tried to come from behind in the fourth game, but came up just short. Bridgewater trailed 22-16, but a 7-0 spurt capped by a Hogan kill gave the Eagles a 23-22 lead. The Wasps then scored the next three points, two on kills by Jamie Cockerham to tie the match at two games each.
The Wasps grabbed a quick 5-1 lead in the deciding game, but the Eagles chipped away and caught the hosts at 10-10. The teams traded points with kills by Baker tying the score at 11-11 and 12-12. A pair of attack errors by the Wasps helped the Eagles take a 14-12 lead and Hogan ended the match with a kill to close out the BC victory.
With the victory, Bridgewater evened its overall record at 11-11 and improved to 4-3 in the ODAC. Emory & Henry dropped to 12-7, 4-4 in conference play.
The Eagles continue their road trip Saturday as they travel to Guilford for an afternoon contest.