Senior outside hitter Morgan McKnight helped the No. 1-ranked Emory volleyball team to its second straight UAA title and the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.
The 5-foot-10 McKnight averaged 3.77 kills and hit .264 (49-16--125) over 13 sets of play. In addition, she averaged 1.00 digs and 0.23 blocks per game.
McKnight led the team in terminations in two of the three matches, starting with a 10-kills effort and an attack percentage of .588 (10-0--17) in a sweep of Brandeis in the quarterfinals. She followed that performance with a career-high 19 kills (second on the team) and five digs in a five-set triumph against Washington University in the semifinals. In the title showdown against No. 2-ranked and host Chicago, McKnight came through with another personal best, banging out a match-best 20 kills while adding five digs and a pair of block assists as the Eagles prevailed by a come-from-behind 3-2 count. McKnight chalked up four kills in the decisive fifth set and accounted for Emory's final three points of the match. It represented Morgan's 12th straight and team-leading 22nd double-figure performance of 10 or more terminations this season.
On the year, McKnight leads the Eagles and ranks second among UAA players with an average of 3.21 kills per set.