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UChicago Volleyball Falls in Hard-Fought UAA Title Match

UChicago Volleyball Falls in Hard-Fought UAA Title Match

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The University of Chicago volleyball team forced a marathon of a third set in its fight for a title, but ultimately top-seeded Emory proved to be too good on Saturday, as the Maroons fell in three sets in the league title match.

The Eagles (24-6) defeated the Maroons (28-4) by scores of 25-23, 25-20 and 33-31 in the University Athletic Association Championship held at the University of Rochester.

Juniors Anne Marie Stifter and Madison Pearson led UChicago in kills  with 10 each, Emma Griffith had 37 assists and Stifter was the leader in digs with 17.

The first set proved to be near-even.

Emory held a slight edge early, but the Maroons battled back to tie the opener at 15-all to set up a thrilling next 10 points. After the Eagles built a 21-18 lead, UChicago battled back with two kills by Pearson and another by Stifter to pull within one again at 21-20. But Emory would record the next three points to recapture the momentum and win Set 1.

UChicago came out fired up in Set 2, building a 10-6 lead to force an Emory timeout. But the Eagles used a 11-1 run out of the break to regain control en route to a five-point victory in the second set.

A 13-6 opening lead in the final game appeared to favor the Maroons, who would go on to lead 20-15. But the Eagles would not be denied in the sweep and made a 7-1 run to pull within one at 22-21. UChicago's Audrey Scrafford would put down the kill for the next point to get the Maroons to game point, but neither team would fold down the stretch.

In total, Set 3 featured eight game points before Emory finally closed out their crown with a Karissa Dzurik kill at 33-31.

Anabella Pinton added eight kills, Scrafford had seven, and Audra Berg totaled the lone block of the day, a solo. The taller Emory squad took advantage at the net, recording 20 block assists and two solo blocks.

Four players totaled double-digit digs for UChicago, as Katherine Wilson added 13, Griffith had 14 and Temilade Adekoya added 10 for the defense.

The 10th-ranked Maroons will now await an at-large bid in the upcoming NCAA Division III Tournament, with the selection show set for Monday at 11:30 a.m. CT.

Regionals begin Nov. 8-9 with host sites, opponents and match times to be announced Monday.