November 8, 1999
Volume 52, No. 11
Fall teams earn high grades all around
For the first time in Emory history, all five fall sports were simultaneously nationally ranked for multiple weeks. November brings "decision day"--not just at the voting polls, but also for athletics teams vying for berths in their respective NCAA national tournaments. Here's the latest on the fall sports:
Soccer (Women) Emory compiled the second-longest unbeaten streak in NCAA Div. III history at 29 games and climbed as high as No. 4 in the nation before losing to two Top 5 teams. The Eagles' biggest win was a 2-1 decision at Washington University (Mo.), then the No. 12 team in the nation. Finishing the regular season with an 11-2-4 record, the Eagles were not selected to the NCAA tournament, ending a streak of four consecutive appearances. Sophomore goalie Andrea Pawliczek was 14th nationally for lowest goals-against average.
Soccer (Men) Emory reeled off an 11-game unbeaten streak to open the season and boasted a 10-2-3 record with two regular-season games left, losing only to the 19th-ranked team in the nation and the conference champion. Prior to those defeats, Emory was ranked as high as No. 4. Senior John Symbas was tied for the national lead in assists per game.
Volleyball (Women) The Eagles opened with a bang by upsetting top-ranked Juniata College (Penn.) on Sept. 3. They won all three of their tournaments-the Emory Classic, Emory Invitational and Emory Tournament, including a 3-0 sweep of the No. 15 team in the latter. Emory has been in the Top 20 nationally each week, rising as high as No. 4, and carried a 29-7 record into the regular-season finale. Senior setter Amy Shapiro had moved into ninth place in Div. III history for career assists.
Cross Country (Men) Emory posted its best finish in school history at the conference championships, finishing second in the team standings with three runners on the all-conference team for the first time ever. Junior Adam Carlson was second among all individuals with the fourth-best time ever by an Eagle in any race, and senior Jeff Calabrese placed fifth to become the first four-time all-conference honoree in school history. Emory is seeking to qualify for the NCAA national meet as a team for the first time since 1992.
Cross Country (Women) With just two upperclassmen among its top 10 runners, the team managed a second-place showing at the conference championships. Sophomore Kari-Anna Wing led the team, finishing in 13th place to earn a spot on the all-conference second team. Emory was one of only two schools not to place a runner in the top eight, but only the champion placed more runners in the Top 30. Emory is aiming to extend its streak of eight consecutive NCAA regional championships and national meet invitations.
John Arenberg is Emory's sports information director.