NCAA Quarterfinal Match
Friday, November 21, 2014
Christopher Newport University
Newport News, VA
Williams College Ephs (28-4)
Emory University Eagles (37-3)
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NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORIES: Emory is playing its 20th NCAA Tournament and 19th consecutive under head coach Jenny McDowell.
All-Time in the NCAA Tournament the Eagles are 38-19 (.667); winning the 2008 title and finishing second in 2010.
Williams is playing in its 12th NCAA Tournament and second straight under head coach Christi Kelsey.
All-Time in the NCAA Tournament the Ephs are 20-11 (.645) and they are seeking their first Elite Eight victory.
EPHS Vs. EAGLES in NCAA TOURNAMENT: This is the second time that the Ephs and Eagles have met in the NCAA Quarterfinals. In 2003 Williams traveled to Atlanta to play the Eagles and Emory won 3-1.
HEAD COACHES: Emory's Jenny McDowell is in her 29th year as the head coach of the Eagles and she enters the weekend with an overall record of 616-142 (.813).
The Ephs' Christi Kelsey is in her sixth year leading Williams and she has a record of 126-56 (.692).
WIN STREAKS: Emory enters the match riding a 12-match win streak and the Ephs own a 6-match win streak.
FAMILY TIES: Eph senior Emily O'Day's mother (Carol) and father (Steven) both graduated from Williams in 1983 and junior Ryan Farley's dad (Daniel) is a 1973 graduate of Williams. Senior student assistant coach Greg Becker's mom (Sherry) is a 1983 graduate of Williams.
REGIONAL MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYERS: Emory's sophomore right side Sarah Maher was the Most Outstanding Player at the St. Louis Regional, while the Ephs' sophomore outside hitter Tori Jasuta was named the New England Regional Most Outstanding Player.
AVCA ALL-AMERICANS on the FLOOR: Emory senior outside hitter Leah Jacobs and junior setter Sydney Miles were named to the 2014 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America First Team, while Emory sophomore and middle blocker Jessica Holler and Eph sophomore outside hitter Tori Jasuta were named to the Second Team. Emory senior libero Kate Bowman was accorded Third Team honors.
Eph junior setter Ryan Farley and senior middle blocker Rae Rasmussen were named Honorable Mentionon All-americans.
Quotes from Eph head coach Christi Kelsey on being in the Elite Eight:
"I know our group is incredibly excited and humbled about the opportunity to represent the NESCAC and New England at the Elite 8. I think what is great about this group is they aren't viewing this as the final goal. We know that all eight teams left are some of the best in the country and we are among them. There is going to be a lot of great volleyball this coming weekend in Newport News and we look forward to being a part of it."
"I have a tremendous amount of respect for Jenny McDowell and the program she has built at Emory. They are a national contender year in and year out and Jenny has been a good friend and colleague as well. I know that their coaching staff will have them prepared and we will be prepared as well for hopefully a great match."
"At this point in the year, the keys for any team are the ability to play consistent, clean volleyball and play to their strengths as a group. That is no different for us. We put together a great regional round from start to finish Friday-Sunday and now have to do it all over again. I like where our team is at in our execution and in our attitude. We have had major contributions from all 13 of our players to get us to here and they continue to remain incredibly close and focused on what is up next."
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