NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Emory advanced to the finals of the NCAA tournament following a victory Saturday against Juniata in the semifinal round. The Eagles won their sixth consecutive match and upped their record to 33-5 following a 3-1 decision (19-25, 28-26, 25-19, 25-18) against Juniata, who closed out its season with a ledger of 25-12.
After hitting a season-best .506 in its regional opener against Salem, Emory maintained its offensive pace against Juniata, registering a .314 (69-15—172) attack percentage. The Eagles’ 69 kills tied a season high set earlier against Cal Lutheran (Sept. 14) in a five-set affair and represented the seventh time during the campaign they had compiled 60 or more successful attacks.
Senior Breanah Bourque made a tying career-high 24 kills and finishing with a .488 hitting percentage (24-4—41). Bourque also chalked up five block assists. Senior Alex Duhl picked up 11 kills, her 13th match of double figures this year, while sophomore Cami Silverman chipped in 10 kills and 15 digs. Freshman setter Sydney Miles dished out a season-best 55 assists and contributed a dozen digs in the cause with Taylor Erwin leading all players with 22 digs.
Emory will meet Christopher Newport in the regional final on Sunday.