Phillips' double-double powers CC past Claremont to regional final
ATLANTA -- Emily Philips downed 15 kills and added 15 digs on Saturday as Colorado College advanced to Sunday's NCAA Division III regional championship match with a dramatic 3-1 (25-21, 31-29, 21-25, 25-23) victory against Claremont-M-S.
It was the second consecutive double-double, and 11th of the season, for the sophomore outside hitter.
CC will meet host and top-seeded Emory, which took a 3-1 decision from Berry in the other semifinal, on Sunday for the right to advance to the national quarterfinals.
Phillips got plenty of help from her teammates, as Lauren Hahn and Courtney Birkett – also sophomores – chipped in with 13 and 10 kills, respectively. It was Hahn who ended the match, hammering down her last of 39 attempts for the day to end Claremont's season.
The Tigers improved to 35-4 overall for the season, moving into a tie with the 1983 and 2009 Colorado College teams for the second-most victories in the program's history.
Freshman setter Rebecca Watson finished with 45 assists in Saturday's triumph. Junior Kristen Liberty, who led both teams with a .500 attack percentage, and freshman Keli Sherwood added eight kills apiece. Sherwood also had a hand in five blocks.