MOUNT BERRY, Ga. -- With a 3-0 (25-11, 25-17, 25-17) loss to the Emory Eagles, ranked ninth in the latest Division III national poll, the Meredith College volleyball team completes a strong season. Junior outside hitter Caroline Corey notched her 1000th career kill in the NCAA Tournament loss.
Head Coach Fiona Barkley returned to the helm this year after a one-year hiatus in athletics administration, and led her team to the program's eighth 20+ win season with a pair of USA South Championships in tow. As the only senior on this year's squad, Haley Reeg closed out her career ranked in the top-10 all-time at Meredith in all block categories with a fifth-best finish in block assists, including four today.
Corey tallied five kills today for a career total 1002, adding eight digs. Ally Copenhaver also tallied a team-high five kills, while Cathy Delano, Elisabeth Smith, and Whitney Bolton recorded three apiece. Smith finished with four block assists, and Delano added three for the Angels. Rookie setters Avery Bowman and Bailey Lucas combined for 19 assists, 12 digs, and Lauren Phillips finished with a team-high 15 digs.
The strong Eagles squad made a run at the Avenging Angels during the first frame. Meredith remained close through the first 11 points, but the EU pressure began to impact the Angels. MCVB struggled to return Emory's serve and a pair of blocks from Finn Wilkins led the Eagles on a 9-1 rally to assume control of the frame. Copenhaver slipped in three points, and Reeg and Delano stuffed an Eagle attempt to score Meredith's 10th point. But Emory finished off the set with ease.
The second set played out much the same as EU posted a 14-4 advantage early in the frame. An Emory misstep followed by a Delano service ace and a Reeg kill launched an 8-3 Meredith rally to cut their deficit to five. MCVB kept the pressure on, but the Eagles finished out the set for a 2-0 match advantage.
The Avenging Angels put together their best performance in the third frame, hanging tight to Emory throughout the set. With the Angels trailing by just two late in the set, EU's Karissa Dzurick landed four consecutive blasts to push the Eagles to a straight-set victory.