• 2019 Record: 8-1
  • 2018 National Champions
  • 2008 National Champions
  • NCAA Final Four: 2018, 2014, 2013, 2010, 2008, 2003
  • 24 NCAA Tournament Appearances
  • 8 UAA Championships
  • 2019 NR: 2nd

Leah Saunders Lands UAA Volleyball Honor

Leah Saunders Lands UAA Volleyball Honor

Emory University junior Leah Saunders (Simpsonville, SC) has been named by the University Athletic Association as the Volleyball Offensive Co-Player of the Week following her performance at the Emory Classic.  It is the first time in her career that she has been selected for the honor.

The 5-foot-8 Saunders played a key role in helping the No. 1-ranked Eagles to a 3-0 record over the weekend, seeing action in all 11 of the team's sets and averaging a team-high 3.82 kills per game while registering a solid hitting mark of .359 (42-14—78).  In addition, she averaged 2.73 digs per set and doled out a squad-high seven service aces.

She led or tied for team honors in kills in two of the three contests, highlighted by a career-high 21 terminations that topped all players in a 3-1 triumph over No. 8 Johnson and Wales.  In that match against the Wildcats she chipped in 14 digs (second on the team) and doled out a match-best four service aces.  She closed out the Classic by tying for the club's lead with 13 successful attack attempts, chalking up a .346 hitting mark (13-4--26), while recording nine digs, in a 3-1 triumph vs. Sewanee. 

Saunders shares this week's UAA award with Leila King of Washington University.

Next up for the Eagles are three matches this Friday and Saturday (Sept. 6-7) at the Berry College National Invitational.  Emory will square off against No. 14 Christopher Newport on Friday before taking on Covenant College and No. 9 Berry on Saturday.