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.
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.
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.
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.
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.