Volleyball Finishes 2-2 at Emory Invitational, Reilly and Stewart Named All-Tourney Team

Credit: Erin Cassell
Credit: Erin Cassell

ATLANTA - The Sewanee volleyball team finished with a 2-2 record at the Emory Invitational on Saturday with a sweep of Piedmont and a four-set defeat to the reigning NCAA Division III National Champions in Emory.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP
Final Score, Match 1: Sewanee 3, Guilford (1-3) 0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-18)
Final Score, Match 2: #1 Emory (3-0) 3, Sewanee (2-2) 1 (26-24, 17-25, 25-18, 25-17)
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HOW IT HAPPENED, PIEDMONT
-The Tigers got out to a strong start off a team who finished as a finalist in the USA South Conference Championship match last season, pushing to a 6-1 advantage.

-After the Lions made it a 6-3 advantage on a block, Sewanee pusht the lead to 11-3 en route to a 25-19 win.

-In the second set, Piedmont held much of the lead, but trailing 13-10, Sewanee recorded three straight kills to even the score.

-Later with a 17-17 score, the Purple and Gold posted 5-1 run to make it 22-18 before the Lions burned their final timeout of the set.

-Despite Piedmont pushing the deficit to 23-22, Sewanee ended the set with a Destiny Stewart kill and an Anna Ball service ace.

-The Tigers cruised in the final set to secure the team's second match win of the season thanks to a .297 attack percentage (14-3-37) while limiting the Lions to a .000 attack percentage (7-7-42).

SEWANEE KEY STATISTICS
-Destiny Stewart and Lilly Reilly each recorded a double-double in the first match of the day. Stewart posted 15 digs and 12 kills, while Reilly had a 12-kill, 10-dig performance.

-Anna Ball dropped five of the team's eight service aces to go along with 17 digs.

-Constance Connolly also had a double-double with 27 assists and 14 digs.

PIEDMONT KEY STATISTICS
-Alina Roberts led the Lions with 10 kills, while Lainey Choinere had 21 digs.

HOW IT HAPPENED, EMORY
-Emory stormed out to a 9-4 lead early in the opening set, but the visitors in Sewanee would not go away quietly, as they battled throughout the set.

-With the Eagles ahead 24-20 and a set point looming, the Tigers scored the next four points to even the score at 24 points apiece thanks to two kills by Destiny Stewart, a Lilly Reilly ace and an Emory attack error.

-However, the Eagles prevailed by scoring the next two points to win the opening set, 26-24.

-Sewanee's momentum from the first set carried them into the second set, rallying out to a 7-2 lead before Emory is forced to call a time out.

-Winning the set, 25-17, the Tigers held the defending National Champions to seven attacking errors and a .133 attack percentage.

-The Eagles responded in a big way on their home floor, taking the final two sets, 25-18, 25-17.

-Despite falling in four sets to the Eagles, the Tigers .172 hitting percentage (48-26-128) was the highest percentage the hosts allowed in the tournament. In 2018, Emory allowed a .146 percentage on opposing team's attacks.

-Emory is the defending National Champion of the 2018 NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball Tournament, and they are ranked as the top team in the nation by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).

SEWANEE KEY STATISTICS
-Destiny Stewart led all attackers in the match with 17 kills on a .250 attack percentage and added seven digs.

-Lilly Reilly added 12 kills and 11 digs, while Lydia Goffi posted 10 kills.

EMORY KEY STATISTICS
-Leah Saunders and Tara Martin each had 13 kills to pace Emory.

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Leah Saunders (Emory) - MVP
Morgan McKnight (Emory)
Elyse Thompson (Emory)
Brylee Frank (Johnson and Wales)
Kate Walker (Johnson and Wales)
Lilly Reilly (Sewanee)
Destiny Stewart (Sewanee)

UP NEXT
Sewanee will next head to Bloomington, Ill. for the Holiday Inn Express Classic I Sept. 6-7 on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University. The Tigers will tangle with Otterbein and the hosts of IWU on Sept. 6.

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