Nov. 20, 2008

Courtesy of Emory University

Propelled by the play of sophomore Amelia McCall, the No. 2-ranked Emory volleyball team recorded a 3-1 win over the College of Saint Benedict in the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament Thursday evening. The Eagles now advance to the program's second-ever semifinal appearance following a 25-16, 16-25, 25-14, 25-20 triumph over the Blazers (29-7). Emory's semifinal match takes place on Friday (Nov. 21) at 8:00 p.m. (EST) against the winner of the Ohio Northern - Williams College contest.

With the match squared at 1-1 following a pair of 25-16 scores, the Eagles broke a 5-5 deadlock in the third set with a 6-0 run with McCall, along with freshman Alexander Wright coming up with a pair of kills. The Eagles pushed their advantage to 16-9 following a pair of put-aways by McCall, and then iced the game with a 5-1 burst giving them some momentum heading into the fourth game.

Both Emory and Saint Benedict traded points during the early stages of the fourth set and fought to an 8-8 score before Emory rattled off five unanswered points, two coming on kills by McCall, to take a 13-8 advantage. A block by Wright gave the Eagles an 18-11 cushion but the Blazers scrapped back to whittle Emory's lead to 18-16. However, Emory was able to hold off the late charge and boost its record to 33-6 this season, tying the school record for most victories in a season.

McCall's career-high 17 kills and 46.7 hitting percentage (17-3--30) led all players and she also chipped in a pair of blocks. Senior Dani Huffman totaled 11 kills and played a solid defensive match with six digs and seven blocks (3-4) while Wright chalked up eight kills and seven blocks.