Emory Volleyball Tops West Georgia In 2009 Season Opener
The No. 1-ranked Emory University volleyball team opened the 2009 season on a successful note this evening with a victory over West Georgia. The Eagles posted a 3-0 triumph (25-14, 25-18, 25-18) over the Wolves who saw their record slip to 3-2.
The Eagles received a pair of fine performances from a pair of newcomers, sophomore Jess McAlvany and freshman Alena Ransom. The duo combined for 18 of the team's 38 kills with McAlvany tying for match honors with 10 terminations and Ransom totaling eight. McAlvany finished the contest with a match-high 36.8 hitting percentage (10-3-19) while Ransom closed out the night with a 29.4 attack percentage (8-3-17).
For the match, Emory turned in a hitting percentage of 25.5 percent while holding West Georgia to .045 percent. The Eagles held a 49-42 edge in digs, with sophomore Brannan O'Neill leading in that department with 13, and dished out a total of 10 service aces vs. six for the Wolves.
Junior Amelia McCall chipped in nine terminations and six digs to aid in the cause while senior Vista Murphy helped with the defensive effort with 12 digs.
Emory returns to action on Friday (Sept. 4) when it hosts a pair of matches on the initial day of the Emory Classic with the Eagles meeting Maryville (Mo.) in a 4:30 p.m. bout before taking on UW-Platteville at 7:30 p.m.