No. 3 Emory Rallies for Thrilling Five-Game Win over Southwestern

9/5/2008

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ATLANTA, Ga. - The No. 3-ranked Emory University volleyball team dug itself a hole early but rallied from a 2-0 deficit to earn a hard-fought, five-game victory over Southwestern Friday evening at the Emory Classic. The Eagles boosted their season record to 5-2 following a 24-26, 16-25, 26-24, 25-23, 15-13 verdict over the Pirates who dropped to 4-2.

Both squads displayed tenacious defense throughout the evening, combining for 208 digs, 104 for each team. Emory hit 17.3 percent (70-32-220) on the night while Southwestern finished with an 18.0 percent effort (56-21-194).

Senior Dani Huffman (San Diego, CA) led all players with 18 kills and posted a 41.7 attack percentage (18-3-36). Junior Alysse Meyer (Stockton, CA) totaled 16 terminations while junior Kaitlin Westfall (St. Louis, MO) rounded out the double-figure kill producers with a season high of 11. Sophomore Kelsey Krzyston (Noblesville, IN) played a steady game with nine kills and 19 digs while freshman Brannan O'Neill (Houston, TX) registered a team-best 25 digs.

Freshman setter Natalie Schonefeld (Louisville, KY) came on in relief of an injured Madison Robelen and doled out 30 assists while contributing 14 digs over the last three games.

Emory continues play in the Classic on Saturday with matches against Mount Union at noon and Carleton at 4:30 p.m.

NOTES - Emory's 104 digs tied the fourth-highest match mark in school history ... Meyer's 16 kills marked her fifth match of double-figure kills this year ... Junior Vista Murphy's (Laguna Beach, CA) 14 digs was her third outing of double digits in that category this year ... Emory finished the Southwestern contest with 220 attacking attempts, tying for the third-highest match total in school history.

Article courtesy of Emory athletics.

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