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Wednesday, November 30, 2016 | Sports Editors: Andrew Burnside (andrew.burnside@emory.edu), Avery Yang (ahyang2@emory.edu)

Women’s Basketball

Volleyball

McDowell Reflects on Emory Coaching Career By Allison Gelman Staff Writer

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Freshman forward Safiya Dzotsi dribbles down the court against Mary Baldwin College (Va.) Sunday.

Women Continue Winning Streak By Stephen Mattes Staff Writer

The Emory women’s basketball team hosted the Mary Baldwin College (Va.) Fighting Squirrels Sunday, Nov. 27, and the Eagles dominated, winning 89-43. Continuing their excellent start to the season, Emory maintains their perfect record at 5-0. The Eagles came out scorching hot against Mary Baldwin scoring 25 unanswered points to start the game. By the end of the first quarter Emory outscored Mary Baldwin 31-4. Sophomore guard Azzairia Jackson-Sherrod led the team in

scoring in the first quarter with eight points. Significant contributions also came from freshman forward Erin Lindahl and sophomore center Ashley Oldshue who scored seven and six points, respectively. Emory also played lock-down defense in the first quarter. Active defense on the perimeter prevented Mary Baldwin from getting the ball into the paint and forced contested shots from the floor. By accumulating a large lead early, Head Coach Christy Thomaskutty was excited to give her younger players an opportunity to get ample playing time. “I think our young players got a lot of experience. I think a couple of them

Swimming & diving

Men Reach for First NCAA Championship By Prosper Fields Staff Writer

As a NCAA Division-III school, Emory does its best to remain competitive. This is effectively seen through Emory’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams, which each hold 18 University Athletic Association (UAA) team titles under their belt. Most recently, the team defeated reigning Division-II champions Queens University of Charlotte (N.C.) for their first dual meet victory of the season. However, while the women’s team holds seven consecutive NCAA championship titles, with a potential eighth in their reach this year, the men’s team’s first NCAA championship in history is definitely on their radar. “We have a team that’s still working on getting better but the talent is there,” Head Coach Jon Howell said. “They’re working hard, staying motivated and moving in the right direction so we definitely have a shot.” The fact that the men have not yet won a championship by no means discredits their athletic capabilities. For the past 13 seasons, Emory’s men’s swimming and diving team placed in the top three at the NCAAs. So why is this the year they believe the victory is theirs for the taking? The answer lies

within various factors, the cumulation of which may lead the Emory men into the waiting arms of an NCAA championship title. First, already swimming at high levels with still so much room to improve, the new freshmen have proved valuable additions to the team. Among the fresh talent is freshman Sage Ono, who placed first in the 200 backstroke at both the Queens and Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) (Ga.) meets, as well as in the 400 medley relay at Queens. Also very promising is freshman Trevor Burke, whose dive performance at the Sewanee Invitational advanced him straight to the national championships. And while the season brings in the new, it isn’t out with old for the Eagles. Much of the team’s success is tailored to the unadulterated athleticism of Emory’s returning swimmers. Even before the official 2016-17 season commenced, collegeswimming.com selected six Emory returners for their preseason all-American list. The honors went to seniors Christian Baker, Mitchell Cooper and Andrew Wilson and juniors Thomas Gordon, Oliver Smith and Cooper Tollen. Wilson’s return to the Emory pool itself aug-

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learned that there is another gear they have to go into,” Thomaskutty explained. Emory continued to outplay Mary Baldwin in the second quarter outscoring the Fighting Squirrels 25-12. Senior guard Shellie Kaniut came alive in the second putting up eight points. The Mary Baldwin defense was unable to stop Kaniut’s swift moves with the basketball. She was consistently able to slice through the defense to convert on easy shots in the paint. The Eagles slowed down in the second half as the final two quarters were

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The Emory volleyball team’s 2016 season came to a close Thursday, Nov. 17, when the Eagles fell to Calvin College (Mich.) in the NCAA D-III Tournament Quarterfinals. With a career record of 686-151, Head Coach Jenny McDowell has been an outstanding leader within Emory. The Wheel spoke with McDowell for a final reflection on this season, discussing her background, proud moments, Rise-n-Dine and volleyball. The Emory Wheel: Where did you grow up, and when did you start playing volleyball? Jenny McDowell: I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pa., in a really small town outside the city. I started playing volleyball in eighth grade. Basketball was really my primary sport, but I fell in love with volleyball, so eighth grade was when I really made that switch. [...] I couldn’t dribble very well [and] I couldn’t shoot very well, so I thought I didn’t have a great career here, so better try something different. And that’s when I fell in love with volleyball. EW: When did you decide you wanted to get into coaching? JM: I played volleyball at the University of Georgia and I went on to get my master’s degree. The only way I could afford to get my master’s was to be a graduate assistant volleyball coach. So I said, “OK, I would put in my time and then go into the business world.” When I started coaching as a GA [graduate assistant], I just fell in love with [coaching volleyball]. I

was given an opportunity by the head coach of Georgia … I said I’d [coach for] a couple years, and now it’s been 27 years total. I was a marketing major, so I thought I would go into corporate America or some sort of sports marketing or administration, but I ended up going into coaching. I love being around the athletes and being part of their lives. EW: What brought you to Emory? JM: I was on my seventh year of coaching at Georgia, and I decided that I really wanted to go and coach at a great academic school. When the job at Emory opened up in 1996, I applied for it, and supposedly there wasn’t any way they were going to hire me. I was the cheap interview down the street. Rumor had it I had no chance of getting the job. [But the job] was offered to me the night of my interview. I didn’t even ask them what they were going to pay me — that’s how much I wanted the job. I got a call back 15 minutes later ask[ing] if I wanted to know how much I would be paid. I was so excited about the job I forgot to ask what they were going to pay me or if there were going to be benefits and that sort of stuff. EW: What’s your greatest achievement in volleyball? JM: I think going to the NCAA tournament 21 straight years in a row to me exemplifies how many great athletes we’ve had over 21 years. That’s the hardest part of coaching a program: having success over a long period of time. Every team is going to have a down

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Men’s Basketball

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Senior guard Jonathen Terry (Left) pulls up for a 3 point shot. Junior guard Whit Rapp (R ight) drives to the rim. Emory lost to LaGrange College (Ga.) 84-95 Friday.

Eagles Split Weekend Invitational By Kevin Kilgour Staff Writer

The Eagles competed in their second road invitational this past weekend, losing their first game Friday to LaGrange College (Ga.) 84-95 before a better showing Sunday in a 71-62 win over Maryville College (Tenn.). The two games, played at Oglethorpe University (Ga.), brought the Eagles’ record to 3-2 on the season. After a strong performance in North Carolina last weekend, hopes were high that the Eagles would con-

tinue winning. However, the LaGrange Panthers had their own say in the matter, streaking their way to 95 points and holding off the Eagles’ attack to snag the win. A significant portion of the Panthers’ offense came from the duo of sophomore forward Elijah Adedoyin and senior guard Justyn Olson, who combined for 41 points. Adedoyin was lethal from behind the arc, hitting six threes in the game, five coming in the first half. Olson’s game was quiet yet effective, his stat line highlighted by a perfect

9-9 performance at the charity stripe. “We prepared well in practice with personnel and the scouting report, but when it came to the game, we weren’t locked in,” junior forward Christopher Avant said. Head Coach Jason Zimmerman agreed with Avant’s analysis of the team’s performance, citing the players’ failure to produce in the game against LaGrange College. “We missed some assignments and our execution of details wasn’t very

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