No. 1 Washington University Volleyball Falls to No. 6 Emory in UAA Championship
Atlanta, Ga., November 3, 2012 – The No. 1-ranked Washington University in St. Louis volleyball team suffered its third loss of the season, falling 3-1 (25-15, 22-25, 25-16, 25-18) to No. 6 Emory University in the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship match Saturday afternoon.
Emory took advantage of nine attacking errors by the Bears to win the opening set, 25-15. In the second set, The Bears took a 10-7 lead on a kill by senior outside hitter Drew Hargrave, but Emory answered with five-straight points to take a 12-10 lead. After taking a timeout, the Bears got a block by junior right-side hitter Tessa Blood and junior middle hitter Emily Tulloch and back-to-back kills by junior outside hitter Meghan Byrne to regain the lead, before a service error brought the Eagles even at 13-13. A kill by Blood and an attacking error by Emory gave the Bears a 15-13 lead. Washington U. maintained the lead until an attacking error by the Bears tied the score again at 18-18.
After another tie at 19-19, the Bears put together three points in a row, including a kill by Blood and a solo block by Tulloch, to grab a 22-19 lead. A kill by Byrne made it 24-21, and a service error by the Eagles following a sideout gave the Bears the 25-22 win to even the match, 1-1. Emory led throughout the third set, and held the Bears to .057 hitting in the set (7-5-35) to earn a 25-16 win. In the fourth set, Emory again took the lead early. After a kill by the Eagles made it 22-14, Washington U. closed to within 22-18, including a kill by junior middle hitter Kaia Schwartz and an ace serve by freshman right-side hitter Allison Zastrow. The Eagles finished the match with three-straight points, winning the fourth set, 25-18.
Washington U. hit a season-low .125 (42-22-160) in the match. Tulloch posted a team-high 12 kills while hitting .385. Hargrave also finished in double-figures with 10 kills, while Byrne added nine. Senior setter Marilee Fisher recorded her second double-double of the weekend with 32 assists and 13 digs. Junior defensive specialist Tanya Marvi tallied a team-high 17 digs, while senior libero Kelly Pang finished with 16.
Washington U. (29-3, 8-2 UAA) will await the announcement of the NCAA Tournament field Monday. The 2012 NCAA Division III Volleyball Selection Show is scheduled to air live at 10 a.m. Monday on NCAA.com.
Bear Notebook: The match marked the 14th time overall, including ninth-straight, that Washington U. and Emory have played in the UAA Championship match … Washington U. dropped to 46-8 all-time against Emory … The Bears are now 284-13 all-time in UAA matches, including 113-6 all-time at the UAA Championship Tournament… The loss dropped the Bears to 10-3 against ranked opponents this season … Pang brought her career school-record digs total to 2,486.