Emory Places Two On AVCA All-America Team
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Two members Emory University volleyball team have earned American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America honors for the 2009 season. Sophomores Natalie Schonefeld (Riviera, TX) and outside hitter Jessica McAlvany (Roswell, GA) landed first-team acclaim after helping the Eagles to an overall record of 34-6 and the program's 14th straight appearance to the NCAA Tournament.
Schonefeld, a second-team All-American last season, ran the Emory offensive attack with precision from her setting post and ended the year averaging 10.73 assists per set with that mark ranking seventh on the school's seasonal list. Schonefeld doled out a total of 1,405 assists during the 2009 campaign, good for fifth on the Eagles' seasonal chart. After two years of action, she already holds down the No. 5 spot on the Eagles' career chart with 2,826 assists. The 5-foot-7 Schonefeld also averaged 2.16 digs and 0.46 blocks per set.
The 6-foot-1 McAlvany made a significant impact in her first year with the program following her transfer from Davidson. She averaged a team-high 3.15 kills per set and recorded a solid 30.7 hitting percentage. She played in 35 matches and registered 18 outings of double-figure kills including a pair of 20-kill efforts, one being a 24-terminations outing vs. Armstrong Atlantic, the high-water mark by an Emory player during the year, and the other a 21-kills night against Randolph-Macon College. She was named the University Athletic Association Player of the Week on three occasions.
The duo of Schonefeld and McAlvany also were recognized for their outstanding seasons with first-team berths on the AVCA All-South Region Team. It represented the second time Schonefeld had landed a spot on that team
Also drawing recognition on the All-South Region Team as honorable-mention choice was senior outside hitter Alysse Meyer (Stockton, CA). Meyer averaged 2.76 kills per set and hit 28.6 percent on the year. She played in 32 matches and racked up 13 performances of 10 or more kills. Career-wise, Meyer wound up in the No. 3 spot on Emory's all-time list with 1,573 kills.