Top 10 Roundup
McGrath leads No. 4 Eagles, Chicago earns big victory
No. 4 Emory 3, Case Western 0
CLEVELAND -- Emory closed out its participation at the University Athletic Association Round Robin I on Sunday with a victory against host Case Western. The Eagles nailed down their 11th consecutive win following their 3-0 decision (25-18, 25-9, 25-21) against the Spartans, and in the process raised their overall record to 21-1 (3-0 UAA).
Junior Cat McGrath led a balanced offensive effort with a match-high 10 kills while closing out the contest with a .368 hitting percentage (10-1—17). Junior Leah Jacobs chipped in nine terminations while freshman Jessica holler totaled eight successful attack attempts along with a match-leading five blocks.
For the contest, Emory turned in a .368 attack percentage (46-7 -- 106) compared to CWRU's mark of .168 (35-17—107). Emory held a slim 47-45 advantage in digs and was led in that category by sophomore Taylor Erwin who chalked up a dozen. Sophomore Sydney Miles dished out 31 assists and contributed seven kills in the victory.
No. 18 Chicago 3, No. 9 Washington-St. Louis 1
CLEVELAND -- Freshman Caroline Dupont equaled her career-high with 18 kills, but it was not enough as No. 9-ranked Washington-St. Louis fell to No. 18 Chicago 14-25, 25-22, 18-25, 22-25 on the second day of the first University Athletic Association (UAA) Round Robin on Sunday afternoon.
Chicago controlled the first set from start to finish, jumping out to a 5-1 lead and extending it to 9-3 before Washington U. called a timeout. The Bears got to within 13-8 after three kills by sophomore Jackie Nelligan, but a 5-1 run by the Maroons made it 18-9. Chicago remained hot offensively to earn the 25-14 set-one win. The Maroons hit .342 in the opening set, while Washington U. hit .147.
In the second set, the Bears used five kills, including two each by Dupont and freshman Alex Sheredy, to build a 5-2 lead. Chicago battled back to tie the score at 10-10. The Maroons took the lead at 16-15 on a service error by Washington U. but the Bears answered with five consecutive points, including a kill and a solo block by Nelligan and an ace serve by sophomore Cassie Wang, to take a 20-16 lead. Chicago cut the lead to two points four more times in the match, but a kill by Dupont gave Washington U. the 25-22 win to even the match.
The third set was similar to the first, with Chicago building an early 6-2 lead. The Bears got to within two at 10-8, but an 8-1 run by the Maroons, including four attacking errors by the Bears, made it 18-9 in favor of Chicago. The Maroons stretched their lead to 23-12, before a kill by Nelligan and a block by Nelligan and sophomore Nkriu Udenze made it 23-14.
After Chicago got a set-point opportunity at 24-14, the Bears scored four consecutive points, including kills by Nelligan and Udenze and an ace by senior Tanya Marvi, but the Maroons ended the set with a kill to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
A kill by Udenze in the fourth set tied the score at 3-3, but the Maroons went on a 4-0 run to take a 7-3 lead. Washington U. cut the deficit to one on four different points in the remainder of the set, but three serving errors and three attacking errors allowed Chicago to pick up the 25-22 win to end the match.