October 6, 2003

Men's soccer vaults from unranked to No. 3

John Arenberg is Emory sports information director.

Continuing the run of success that carried Emory to second place in the Directors’ Cup standings for overall athletics programs last year, all five fall sports were simultaneously nationally ranked as of Oct. 2. Leading the way was the No. 3-ranked men’s soccer team, which catapulted into the Top 25 after upsetting sixth-ranked Greensboro (N.C.). The ranking was the first for the team since October 1999 and matches the previous high set in 1989. The Eagles are off to a 9–0 start for the third time since 1982.


Emory’s volleyball team is working on a string of six consecutive years during which it has been nationally ranked in every poll, and the team is on pace to do the same this year with a No. 10 ranking. In the season’s first five weekends, the Eagles won two tournaments and finished second in three others. Despite losing three All-Americans from last year, the team was off to a 17–3 start.

Soccer (Women)

Women’s soccer is ranked No. 10 in the nation thanks to a 9–2 start. The Eagles opened the season with six consecutive wins—all shutouts, setting a school record. Both streaks ended at the hands of Ohio Wesleyan, the No. 1 ranked team in the nation, on Sept. 20.

Cross Country (Women)

The return of All-American Angela Davie, the influx of three talented newcomers and the improvement of returning veterans have boosted the women’s cross country team to a No. 16 ranking, its highest since November 1998. Davie, a junior, beat 35 runners from NCAA Div. I schools at the Georgia State University Invitational in mid-September while improving her three-mile time by 23 seconds from the same race a year earlier.

Cross Country (Men)
The veteran-laden men’s cross country, ranked No. 23, is relying on improvement from within this year. The team had eight runners who competed in the Georgia State University meet this year and last year. All ran faster this year. The average improvement among the team’s top five finishers at the GSU meet this year was one minute and 20 seconds for the five-mile race, where the Eagles finished second out of 10 teams.

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