Volleyball Splits on Senior Day

Photo by Nathan Katz
Photo by Nathan Katz

St. Louis, Mo., Nov. 2, 2019 – The Washington University women's volleyball team split the action on Senior Day at WU Field House. The Bears opened the morning with a 3-1 (25-20, 25-21, 23-25, 25-20) win over Centre, but dropped a tough match to Millikin 3-0 (25-23, 25-23, 25-22). 

Prior to the start of the matches, the Bears' seniors, Zoe Baxter, Leila King, Hannah Turner, Emily Jayne, Chloe Stile and Abby Selcho, were all recognized. 

The Bears move to 21-7 on the season while Centre falls to 7-17. Millikin improves to 20-12 on the year. 

Match 1: WashU def. Centre 3-1 (25-20, 25-21, 23-25, 25-20)

The Bears came out hot to open the match against the Colonels, swinging at a .500 clip (17 kills, 5 errors, 24 attacks). WashU was led by King's six putaways on six attempts with no errors. In the second set, WashU cooled some, but was still able to keep Centre at bay as they were held to a .067 swing percentage (7 kills, 5 errors, 30 attempts). 

Centre jumped out ahead of WashU in the third set, taking advantage of a seven-point swing. The Bears chipped away at their lead, tying the set at 19-all on a massive double block by senior duo of Turner and King, but they were unable to regain the lead. 

Sophomore Michaela Bach paced the Bears in the fourth set, tallying nine of her 17 kills in the set. The Bears shook off the Colonels after the final tie at 19-all, picking up two kills from Bach and one from freshman Alaina Bohrer while collecting three Centre errors to win the set and match.

Baxter tallied 19 digs while junior Tricia Brown chipped in 14 digs and seven kills. Junior setter Kirby Knapp dished out 51 assists and had nine digs. 

Match 2- Millikin def. WashU, 3-0 (25-23, 25-23, 25-22)

In the second match, the Bears were unable to put together a run that quieted the Big Blue's offense. WashU swung at a .303 clip (15 kills, 3 errors, 33 attempts) but were edged by Millikin's .333 (15 kills, 4 errors, 33 attempts) in the first set. Bach led the Bears with six putaways while Brown chipped in four.

In the second set, the Bears tied the set for the sixth time at 18-all and pushed their lead out to four points at 22-18. But Millikin used five kills and two WashU errors to go on a 7-1 run to capture the set. 

Again, trading jabs in the third set, a kill from Brown tied the set at 21-all. Millikin called a time out and collected three kills and a service ace to close out the match on a 5-2 run. 

The Bears were led by King's ten kills and five total blocks. Bach and Brown both chipped in nine putaways while Knapp dished out 28 assists.

Up Next:

The Bears close out the regular season on the road when they take on Greenville University with first serve at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5.