Volleyball Defeats Dallas and Webster to win Bears Classic Tournament
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St. Louis, Mo., October 9 2010 – The top-ranked Washington University in St. Louis volleyball team preserved is unbeaten record by defeating the University of Dallas, 3-1 (25-14, 25-12, 21-25, 25-13) and Webster University, 3-0 (25-18, 25-14, 25-16), at the Washington University Bears Classic on Saturday, Oct. 9, in St. Louis, Mo.
Washington University finished its two-day tournament with a perfect 4-0 record, dropping just one set in four matches. The Bears had three student-athletes named to the All-Tournament Team: freshman outside hitter Meghan Byrne, junior middle hitter Lauren Budde and sophomore outside hitter Drew Hargrave.
Hargrave posted a hitting percentage of .397 over four matches, tallying 38 kills for an average of 3.17 per set. Budde was just ahead of that pace, with a team-high 39 kills, an average of 3.25 per set, while hitting .318 with five aces, 35 digs and a team-best 13 total blocks, 1.08 per set. Byrne hit .342 with 32 kills, saving her best performance for the win over Webster where she finished with 13 kills and hit a blistering .550.
Hargrave notched a team-high 13 kills to propel the Red and Green to a 3-1 win over Dallas on Saturday morning. She tallied five of those kills in the 25-14 victory in the opening set, which also saw Byrne and freshman middle hitter Kaia Schwartz combine for three blocks.
Schwartz led the WU offensive attack in the 13-point second set win, with six kills, as the Bears hit .320 as a team. Dallas battled back by building a large early advantage in the third set, and holding on for a 25-21 win. The Crusaders led by as many as four points before Washington University came back to tie the match at 18-18 when freshman setter Megan Odenthal dumped a set over the net from the 10-foot line for a score.
However, Washington University never managed to take the lead in the third set, and hit only -.111 as a team. In the fourth set, freshman middle hitter Emily Tulloch helped the momentum shift back in the Bears’ favor, as she scored seven times on eight swings to lead her team to a 25-13 match-clinching win. Budde, Schwartz and Tulloch each finished with seven kills against Dallas, and sophomore setter Marilee Fisher recorded 31 assists. Senior Ali Hoffman led the Bears with 15 digs.
Where the Bears found success in the middle against Dallas, the pin attackers did most of the damage in the win over Webster.
Byrne started a perfect 6-for-6 in attacks as Washington University posted a 25-18 opening set victory over Webster. Senior right side Marya Kaminski contributed four kills to help the Bears take the second set, 25-14, and the Red and Green had six student-athletes register at least two kills in the nine-point third-set win.
Hoffman and Budde each eclipsed double-digits in digs with 13 and 10 respectively against the Gorloks. In two sets of action Fisher tallied 26 assists, while Odenthal registered 13 assists in the third set.
Washington University (21-0) will compete in the second University Athletic Association (UAA) round robin of the year next weekend on the campus of Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass. The Bears face third-ranked Emory University on Saturday, Oct. 16, at 10:30 a.m. (ET), and Carnegie Mellon University at 2:30 p.m.