Leah Saunders (SJCS ’17) Claims National Championship with Emory University

Nov 30, 2018

Emory’s volleyball team won its second-ever national championship on Saturday, Nov. 17, where Knight alumni Leah Saunders (SJCS ’17) contributed eight kills to help her squad claim the title!

Following the UAA Championships earlier in November, Saunders was named to the 2018 All-University Athletic Association Team, where she was awarded the conference’s Most Valuable Player. See below for her excerpt from the full write-up on emoryathletics.com and congratulations Leah!

Sophomore Leah Saunders (Simpsonville, SC), highlighted Emory’s selections by being tabbed as the conference’s Most Valuable Player, the eighth member of the program to earn that distinction. The 5-foot-8 Saunders earned her initial first-team berth to the all-conference team, and has averaged 2.67 kills and 2.36 digs over 91 sets of action. The owner of 11 contests of double-figure kills and five double-doubles (kills/digs), Saunders is coming off a solid showing at the UAA Championships, hitting .303 (29-5—78) while registering 11 terminations against Carnegie Mellon in the semifinals and 10 vs. Chicago in the finals.  She has ranked as the club leader in both kills and digs in three matches this year.  She has come through with eight outings of 10 or more digs and is fourth on the team with 27 service aces.

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