Volleyball Rallies to Clinch Two UAA 3-0 Sweeps

Photo by Nathan Katz
Photo by Nathan Katz

Waltham, Mass., September 21, 2019 – During the opening weekend of University Athletic Association (UAA) play Washington University in St. Louis volleyball rallied to clinch a pair of 3-0 sweeps over Case Western Reserve University and New York University on the neutral site of Brandeis University Saturday evening.

WashU improved to 11-4 on the season (2-0 UAA) while dropping CWRU to 4-9 (0-1 UAA) and NYU to 11-3 (0-2 UAA). The Bears attack totaled 47 kills against CWRU and 49 versus NYU, as both figures exceeded the oppositions by more than 10 kills.

Junior Tricia Brown and senior Leila King provided the exclamation points to the 3-0 victories. During the victory over CWRU, Brown provided the clinching kill as the Bears responded to a third set deficit to win in extra points 28-26. King provided the match point on a solo block as the Bears rallied to beat NYU 30-28 in the final frame.

Match 1: WashU 3 – CWRU 0 (25-18, 25-21, 28-26)

Brown posted a career-high hitting percentage in which she totaled 10 or more kills against the Spartans. She finished the match with a .500 success rate on swings while tallying 10 kills on 16 attempts.

Meanwhile freshman Alaina Bohrer led the team with a season-high total of 14 kills. Junior Kirby Knapp tallied 35 assists to guide the Bears to a .252 hitting percentage collectively.

Defensively, senior Zoe Baxter led the charge with 13 digs and sophomore Caitlin Lorenz chipped in four blocks, including two solo. WashU held CWRU to a .204 hitting percentage.

The Spartans held a 13-12 advantage in the first set but WashU responded with a 6-0 run to take the lead which included a couple of kills by sophomore Caitlin Lorenz. The Bears clinched the set on a 6-3 final stretch as Bohrer provided the finale for the 25-18 victory.

WashU strode its way to a 12-4 advantage to the second set with kills coming from five different Bears. The Red & Green maintained the seven point edge through the majority of the set before the Spartans staved off a second set defeat with four straight points before Bohrer once again sealed the win with a kill, 25-21.

The third set was extremely close down the stretch. CWRU took the lead in the extra point, win-by-two finale but the Bears retaliated with three straight points to close out the match 3-0. Brown provided the winning swing for a 28-26 victory.

Match 2: WashU 3 – NYU 0 (25-20, 27-25, 31-29)

King and Bohrer each recorded 10 kills apiece against the Violets. Knapp averaged 12 assists per set en route to totaling 36 while adding 11 digs.

Bohrer recorded a season-high in aces with four against NYU. Baxter tied for the match-high in digs with 12.

WashU went on a 4-0 run to claim a 10-5 lead as Brown totaled two kills. Moments later the Bears scored six straight points but the Violets had several runs to inch closer to WashU. However, Bohrer once again proved to have the closer's touch with a set clinching kill, 25-20.

The Violets erased an early second set deficit before closing within a point of the second set victory. WashU responded with four of the final five points for a 27-25 victory. Although Bohrer did not provide the final kill, she scored the point that put WashU ahead 26-25 and was also at the service line for the final tally.

The final set was neck-and-neck down the stretch. As the third frame went to extra points both programs moved within set point but WashU triumphed following a service error by the Violets and a solo block by King gave the Bears a 30-28 victory.

WashU will face No. 6 Chicago on Sunday, September 22 in the UAA Round Robin #1 finale. The match begins at 12 p.m. (ET), hosted by Brandeis. Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.