Wash U nips Emory for 20th UAA title
Bears come back from two sets down to capture title, NCAA bid
NEW YORK – No. 3 Washington-St. Louis rallied from an 0-2 deficit for a 22-25, 16-25, 25-17, 25-20, 15-8 victory against No. 2 ranked Emory in the 2011 University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship match on Saturday afternoon.
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The UAA Championship is the 20th in school history for Washington University, and the first since 2008. Emory (34-4, 9-1 UAA) had won the last two UAA titles and had posted three consecutive wins against Washington U.
Washington University (32-1, 9-1 UAA) garners the league’s automatic bid to the 2011 NCAA Division III Championship, which begins on Friday, Nov. 11, at a site to be determined. The NCAA Division III Volleyball Selection Show will be streamed live on ncaa.com on 11 a.m. ET Monday.
The Bears will be making their 25th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, and vying for a NCAA Division III record 11th national Championship.
Senior Lauren Budde had 22 kills and 12 digs in the five-set win, registering the 13th double-double of the year. Sophomore Meghan Byrne added 13 kills and junior Drew Hargrave had 12 as Washington U. hit .240 as a team. Junior Marilee Fisher recorded her third double of the season with 50 assists and a season-high 12 digs, while junior Kelly Pang had 30 digs.
Emory cruised through the first two sets as Washington U. hit .212 (11-4-33) in game one and .108 (10-6-37). The Bears broke open a 16-16 tie in set three with an 8-1 run to get back into the match.
Washington U. hit .286 (15-3-42) in the set-four victory. With the set tied at 19-19, Budde and sophomore Kaia Schwartz recorded kills before an Emory timeout. A kill by Jessica McAlvany trimmed the lead to 21-20, but Washington U. closed out the set with four unanswered points.
Set five was all Washington U. as they hit .364 (9-1-22) in the clincher. The Bears scored the first four points of the fifth set to force an Emory timeout, and built the lead to 10-4 after a kid from Budde.
Breanah Bourque (18 kills) and McAlvany (11 kills) each recorded double digit kills for Emory, who hit .190 in the loss. Molly Landers had a game-high 35 digs for Emory.
Notes: Washington U. is 276-11 (.962) all-time in conference play … Emory and Washington U. faced off in the UAA title match for the eighth-straight year and for the 13th time in school history.