Sept. 12, 2009

Courtesy of Emory

The top-ranked Emory University volleyball team split a pair of matches on the final day at the Washington & Lee Tournament.  Emory opened the afternoon with a 3-1 setback to No. 2 Juniata before rebounding to claim a 3-0 decision against Washington & Lee in its final outing.  The split leaves Emory's record at 8-1 on the year.

Juniata recorded a 25-18, 25-22, 23-25, 25-19 triumph over Emory in the battle between the nation's top two squads.  Senior Alysse Meyer led the Emory effort with 13 kills and just one error in 30 attempts.  Sophomore Jessica McAlvany chipped in eight kills and sophomore Alexandra Wright totaled five blocks.  Sophomore setter Natalie Schonefeld doled out 40 assists and contributed 13 digs in the cause.

Coach Jenny McDowell saw her team bounce back against the host Generals for a 26-24, 25-13, 25-21 verdict.  Meyer continued her strong play with 10 terminations while McAlvany put away nine kills.  Freshman Alex Duhl made the most of her court time and helped the offensive attack with eight successful hitting attempts.  Ana Ramirez kept W&L off balance with her serving, totaling three aces in the match.  Senior Vista Murphy aided in the defensive effort with eight digs.

Meyer and McAlvany were the Emory representatives on the all-tournament team.

Emory returns to action on Tuesday (Sept. 15) when it hosts North Alabama in a 6:00 p.m. start.  The match will be webcast and for more information, go to