Emory’s volleyball team entered the final two weekends
of the regular season ranked No. 7 in the nation. The Eagles are
aiming for their seventh consecutive berth in the NCAA Division
III national tournament and could secure it by winning the conference
championship (which brings an automatic berth) or by being selected
as one of seven teams to receive an at-large bid. Emory was a perfect
17-0 at home, with one home match left, tying the school record
for home wins in a season.
Heading into the final week of the season, Emory carried an 11-3-2
record, bringing its two-year record to 28-4-3. But the Eagles are
about to go a second year without a spot in the NCAA national tournament
due to new rules that primarily restrict those spots to conference
champions. With one conference game left, the best Emory can do
is finish second in the University Athletic Association, which at
one point this season featured four nationally ranked teams. Emory
was ranked in seven of the first nine weekly polls, reaching as
high as No. 6.
With three games left, Emory has tied its victory total of last
season with nine wins; another would give the team its first 10-win
season since 1999. Junior forward Matthew Levine continues to move
up in the school’s all-time scoring list. Levine scored a
career-high 13 goals in the first 15 games this season, and he is
eighth on the school’s all-time list for career goals (31)
and points (78) in only three seasons.
Emory finished second, tying its best finish in school history,
at the UAA championships held Nov. 2. Three Emory runners made the
all-conference team, the third time in four years Emory has achieved
that feat. Junior Phil Hagedorn finished third out of 78 runners
in the meet to earn all-conference first-team honors for the second
time in his career. Senior Jon Newberry finished seventh to make
his first all-conference first team.
Cross Country (women)
Emory finished third at the Nov. 2 UAA championships, the Eagles’
12th consecutive Top 3 finish in conference. For only the third
time in school history, two Eagles made the all- conference first
team. Sophomore Angela Davie, who finished second out of 77 competitors
in the UAA meeting, made the all-conference team for the second
time, her first on the first team. Davie was joined on the first
team by sophomore teammate Colleen Brady. Sophomore Dorothy Boone
made the all-conference second team after finishing 11th.
The Eagles nearly won the Emory Fall Invitational by tying for the
best team score but losing on the first playoff hole. Emory trailed
Oglethorpe (Ga.), ranked fourth in the nation, by six shots after
round one but shot a 290 the final day to finish at 592. The latter
is the third-best 36-hole tournament score in school history, and
the former is the fourth-best round ever for Emory. Junior Jason
Scherr set a school record for lowest round with a five-under-par
67, which also tied the course record at the Smoke Rise Golf Club.
Scherr finished with a two-day score of 143, good for second place
overall, two shots behind the medalist. His 143 is the sixth lowest
in Emory history for a 36-hole event.
Emory was cited by the September issue of Swimming World
as the best Div. III school for the combination of academic and
athletic success. The publication ranked both the Emory swimming
& diving programs No. 1 in the nation; no school in NCAA Divisions
I or II have achieved this double billing. The Emory men finished
third at the NCAA nationals last season and had the third-best GPA
(3.39) in Div. III. The Emory women finished third at the NCAA nationals
last season and had the ninth-best GPA (3.45) in Div. III.
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