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October 7, 2002

Volleyball opens season strong, nearing Top 10

John Arenberg is Emory sports information director

Emory’s volleyball team finished September ranked No. 11 in the nation. The Eagles won 12 of their first 15 matches, including all three conference matches. Senior LuLu Sewell was named the national Player of the Week for NCAA Div. III, and she was named to the all-tournament team in the Eagles’ first two tournaments this season.

Soccer (women)
Despite the graduation of six seniors, Emory remains among the nation’s elite. The Eagles had a 5-1-1 record in late September, yielding just four goals in those seven games. On offense, senior All-America forward Annie Schenck was listed by USA Today in its Sept. 11 issue as one of “Five to Watch” nationally in Div. III.

Soccer (men)
With virtually the entire team back along with the addition of talented newcomers, Emory is on track to reemerge as a regional contender, ranking among the early-season national leaders in offense. Eight different players scored through the team’s first seven games. The offensive success included hat tricks from junior Matthew Levine and freshman Jacques Edeline.

Cross Country (men)
With a core of three returning veterans, Emory is aiming to repeat as NCAA regional champion and earn another trip to the national championships. Junior Phil Hagedorn was the team’s top finisher in the first two races this season. In the season-opening meet, Hagedorn improved his time for the 8,000-meter course (approximately five miles) by more than 21 seconds from the same meet a year earlier.

Cross Country (women)
Emory was hit hard by graduation, losing three of its top four runners from last season. Still the team opened 2002 by winning its first meet and finishing ahead of Rhodes (Tenn.), the runner-up at the NCAA regional championship last season. Emory is seeking its 12th consecutive regional title and another trip to the national championships. The team’s top runner thus far has been sophomore Angela Davie, who recorded a time of 18:57 on a muddy 5,000-meter course (approximately three miles) at the Sept. 21 Georgia State University Invitational. That time put Davie well ahead of her pace last season, when she did not break 19 minutes until Oct. 27.