No. 1 Emory Falls to No. 4 Washington-St. Louis in UAA Championship

11/8/2008

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. - The No. 1-ranked Emory University volleyball team fell short in its bid to defend its UAA Championship, falling in five hard-fought games to Washington University.

The Eagles saw their record slip to 30-6 overall following a 18-25, 26-24, 13-25, 25-19, 12-15 setback to the Bears.

Senior Dani Huffman (San Diego, CA) led a trio of Emory players who recorded double-figure kills with 13 put-aways.  Senior Maggie Baird (San Antonio, TX) finished with 12 terminations while junior Alysse Meyer (Stockton, CA) totaled 11 kills.  Freshman setter Natalie Schonefeld registered 43 assists and 15 digs and freshman Brannan O'Neill (Houston, TX) finished the contest with a team-high 21 digs while doling out three service aces.

Facing a 2-1 deficit, Emory forced a fifth and deciding game following a 25-19 win in game four. In the fifth set, the Eagles held an 11-8 lead but couldn't hold onto the lead as host Wash U. claimed the championship.

Emory will now turn its attention to the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament next week.  The Eagles of head coach Jenny McDowell will most likely learn upcoming opponents and destination of those matches late Sunday evening with the formal announcement being made on Monday.

Article courtesy of Emory athletics.

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