MATCH FACTS – – The No. 6-ranked Emory volleyball team starts a nine-match swing through the state of Pennsylvania this Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 13-14) when it competes at the University Athletic Association Round Robin II. Serving as the host of the RRII will be Carnegie Mellon. The Eagles will play four matches over the two days, beginning with a Saturday afternoon affair against the University of Rochester (12:30 pm). Following that contest, Emory will close out Saturday with a 2:30 pm match against Case Western. On Sunday, Emory opens with a noon affair against Brandeis before winding up with a match against defending league champion Washington University at 2:00 pm.
THE COACHES – Emory Head Coach Jenny McDowell (Georgia, '89) is in her 17th year at the helm of the Eagles' program. During her stint at Emory, McDowell has posted a school and career won-lost ledger of 531-131. She has 13 campaigns of 30 or more wins, including last year's 36-5 slate, and has directed the program to 16 consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament. She has steered the Eagles to three berths to the national semifinals and has a national championship to her credit in 2008.
Rochester is guided by Ladi Iya (Evansville, '01), who is in her third year at the helm of the Yellowjackets' program.
In her seventh consecutive season in directing the fortunes at Case Western is Karen Farrell (Brandeis, '93). Heading into the weekend, Farrell, who is in her second stint at the Spartans' head coach, has guided the program to a record of 132-95 that includes four consecutive 20-plus win seasons. In 11 total years at Case, she has a compiled a ledger of 220-164. In 16 years as a head coach, which includes five year as Clark, Farrell has a career mark of 284-244.
Michelle Kim (SUNY-Binghamton, '96) is in her ninth campaign as head coach at Brandeis. Prior to her appointment, she had served as an assistant with the Judges for five years.
Now in his 14th season as the head coach at Washington University is Rich Luenemann (Eastern Illinois, '72). During his distinguished run with WU, he has posted a school slate of 470-59 which includes three national titles. In 32 years as a head coach, he has chalked up a career showing of 1,060-321.
RECORDS – Emory, ranked No. 6 in this week's AVCA Poll, starts the weekend with a record of 19-3. The Eagles last played the weekend of Sept. 29-30 when they posted a 3-0 mark at the UAA Round Robin I, topping NYU, Carnegie Mellon and host Chicago all by 3-0 scores.
Rochester heads into the weekend with an overall record 16-6 (1-2 UAA). The Yellowjackets also played last at the Round Robin I, losing to Wash U and Case Western before picking up a victory over Brandeis.
Case Western stands 16-6 overall, including a 2-1 mark in league action. This past weekend, the Spartans split four matches at the Blue Devil Invitational at Fredonia State.
The Judges of Brandeis own overall record of 13-7 following a 3-0 home vs. Emerson on Wednesday. BU is 0-3 in UAA matches.
Washington University, ranked 1st in this week's AVCA Top 25 Poll, brings a 21-1 record into the weekend (3-0 UAA). In its most recent action, WU hosted the Bears Classic over the weekend and went 4-0 with all the decisions being 3-0 scores.
SERIES RECORDS – Emory holds a 22-14 edge in the all-time series against Rochester. The teams met just once last season, that coming during the UAA Round Robin I, with the Eagles prevailing by a 3-0 margin.
Emory has captured 34 of the 37 meetings vs. Case Western. The Eagles and Spartans met twice during the 2011 campaign with Emory posting a 3-1 triumph at the UAA Round Robin I and a 3-0 verdict at the conference championships.
Emory stands 34-6 all-time against Brandeis after winning a pair of 3-0 decisions last year.
Washington University has posted wins in 47 of the 54 matches against Emory, though the teams have split the last 12 meetings dating from the 2007 season. In 2011, the Eagles and Bears split of pair of 3-2 decisions with Emory winning at the Round Robin II and Wash U in the finals of the conference championships.
EMORY IN THE RANKINGS – In UAA statistics released at the start of the week, Emory holds down the No. 2 spot in the conference (24th nationally) with a .241 hitting percentage ... The Eagles have hit .300 or better in seven matches this year ... Emory is averaging 11.69 assists per set, good for the No. 2 spot in the league and 31st on the national scene ... The Eagles also stand No. 2 in the loop (29th nationally) with a 12.86 kills-per-set average ... Individually, senior Breanah Bourque (Houston, TX) ranks as the UAA's most efficient hitter with her .366 attack percentage good for the No. 24 position among all D-III players ... Freshman setter Sydney Miles (Oklahoma City, OK) also finds herself as among the nation's leaders with her 10.1 assists per set average 26th nationally.
EMORY AND TOP 25 OPPONENTS – Emory's 3-0 victory over No. 14 Chicago at the UAA Round Robin I raised the team's record to 5-0 this season against top 25 foes (2-0 at home, 3-0 at neutral/road sites). The Eagles have fared well against opponents that have garnered top 25 acclaim, fashioning a won-lost effort of 25-6 in those matches since the 2010 season.
EMORY WELL VERSED IN FIVE-SET MATCHES – The 3-2 victory over Birmingham Southern (Sept. 25) represented the Eagles' seventh five-set match of the season, well surpassing last year's total of four and matching the mark from the 2010 season. So far this year, Emory stands 5-2 in five-set affairs and claims a 13-5 ledger in such matches since the 2010 season.
EMORY BATTLES BACK FROM DEFICITS -- Emory bounced back from a pair of 0-2 deficits and came away with victories against Cal Lutheran and Trinity at the Trinity Invitational (Sept. 14-15), the first time an Eagle team had posted a comeback win like that since the 2008 NCAA Tournament vs. Ohio Northern.
Ironically, prior to the CLU and TU matches, Emory had recorded comeback wins from 0-2 obstacles just 10 other times in school annals.
EMORY MAKES THE MOST OF HOME-COURT ADVANTAGE -- Since 1992, Emory volleyball has won close to 86 percent of its home matches, compiling an impressive 293-48 won-lost record in that stretch.
Since 2008, the Eagles have hammered out an impressive 70-5 slate in matches contested at the Woodruff PE Center including a 17-1 effort in 2011.
NOTES: Bourque's 3.04 kills per set leads the team and is eighth among UAA players ... Sophomore Kate Bowman (Corpus Christi, TX) stands second on the squad and 10th in the conference with a 2.91 kills-per-set showing ... Bowman has totaled 13 outings of double-figure kills while Bourque has produced 14 ... Freshman Taylor Erwin's (Woodlands, TX) team-high 4.16 digs per set ranks eighth on the league ladder ... Erwin has 19 matches of 10 or more digs including six of 20 or more ... Bourque will enter the weekend with 1,258 career kills to her credit, good for the No. 11 spot on the school's all-time list and just three shy of moving past Katrina Damasco (2002-05) into 10th and 10 from moving past Dani Huffman (2005-08) into ninth ... Senior Alex Duhl (Los Angeles, CA) has compiled 251 total blocks during her career, good for 14th place all-time at Emory ... Bourque has 353 total blocks to her credit, the fifth-highest mark in school annals ... Sophomore Olivia Volarich (St. Louis, MO) dished out two service aces in each of the three matches at the UAA Round Robin I ... Volarich is tied for the team lead in services per set (0.42 apg).
ON THE HORIZON – Following the team's participation at the UAA Round Robin II, the Eagles will stay in the Keystone State and play Division II member Slippery Rock on Tuesday (Oct. 16) and NAIA foe Point Park on Wednesday. Emory will then compete in the Wid Guisler Invitational at Juniata College, the weekend of Oct. 19-20.