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Lady Saxons fall to Hartwick, Naz at Empire 8 volleyball tournament
9/26/09

ONEONTA, NY – The Alfred University women’s volleyball team dropped two matches Saturday at the Empire 8 Conference tournament, hosted by Hartwick College.

AU (0-13, 0-4 Empire 8) lost to Hartwick, 3-1 (25-22, 21-25, 25-20, 25-22) and Nazareth, 3-0 (25-12, 25-22, 25-8) to finish 0-4 in the weekend tournament. The Saxons lost to Elmira and RIT Friday evening.

In the Hartwick match, AU was led by junior Tara Quigley (Bluepoint, NY/Bayport-Bluepoint) with 12 kills, five digs and three blocks. Senior Janelle Brandow (Dolgeville, NY/Dolgeville) had 11 kills; sophomore Emily Crosby (Fairport, NY/Fairport) had 10 kills and 15 digs; senior Emily Steen (South Pasadena, CA/Purnell) had eight kills and 11 digs; and senior Emma Walsh (Lancaster, NY/Mt. St. Mary) had 32 assists.

Steen had three kills, 14 digs and a block in the match with Nazareth. Quigley had six kills; Crosby had three kills and six digs; junior Erika Huyck (Forestville, NY/Forestville) had eight digs; and Walsh had six assists.

Each of the nine Empire 8 teams played four matches this weekend and will play four more at Nazareth the weekend of Oct. 23-25. The teams with the top four records from the two tournament weekends will play Nov. 7 at the home of the top-seeded team for the Empire 8 Conference crown and an automatic berth in the NCAA championships. Alfred will play Utica, Stevens, Ithaca and St. John Fisher in the tournament at Nazareth in October.

Alfred is in action next on Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m. at Buffalo State.