No. 11 Volleyball Reaches 20 Wins with Sweeps of Carnegie Mellon, Case at UAA Round Robin

St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 19, 2013 – The No. 11-ranked Washington University in St. Louis volleyball team earned a pair of sweeps over Carnegie Mellon University (25-17, 27-25, 25-17) and Case Western Reserve University (25-13, 25-17, 25-14) at the second University Athletic Association (UAA) Round Robin Saturday at the WU Field House.

Washington U. (20-5, 4-1 UAA) finishes play at the second UAA Round Robin with a pair of matches Sunday. The Bears take on New York University (19-3, 3-2 UAA) at 9 a.m., before facing No. 4 Emory University (23-2, 4-1 UAA) at 1 p.m. at the WU Field House.

#11 Washington U. 3, Carnegie Mellon 0
Washington U. trailed 6-3 early in the first set, but back-to-back kills by freshman Alex Sheredy and senior Meghan Byrne tied the score at 8-8 and an attacking error by the Tartans gave the Bears a 9-8 lead. After Carnegie Mellon tied it with a kill at 9-9, Byrne hammered a kill off the block to give the Bears the lead for good. Leading 11-10, Washington U. put together three straight points, including a service ace by freshman Kalehua Katagiri that made it 14-10 and forced a timeout by the Tartans. The Bears continued to pull away and scored the final four points, including kills by Sheredy and freshman Caroline Dupont and another ace by Katagiri, to win 25-17 in the first set. Sheredy tallied seven kills on eight attacks in the opening set as the Bears hit .424 (16-2-33) as a team.

The Bears jumped out to a 9-3 lead in the second set, including back-to-back service aces by freshman Corey Salzer and a kill by Dupont. Carnegie Mellon pulled to within 10-7, but Washington U. answered with a 4-0 run to extend its lead to 14-7. A 5-0 run for the Tartans cut the lead to 14-12 before a kill by Sheredy ended the run. After the Bears regained a five-point advantage at 17-12 on an attacking error by the Tartans, CMU used an 8-3 run to tie the score at 20-20. A ball-handling error by Carnegie Mellon put the Bears ahead again, and a kill from the back row by Sheredy, followed by a kill off an overpass by sophomore Allison Zastrow, gave Washington U. a 23-20 lead. After calling a timeout, Carnegie Mellon answered with three kills in a row to tie it again at 23-23. A soft roll shot to the middle of the court by Byrne gave the Bears set-point at 24-23, but a service error tied it again at 24-24. The teams traded points to a 25-25 tie, before back-to-back kills by sophomore Jackie Nelligan gave Washington U. the 27-25 win.

Strong serving by Salzer helped Washington U. build a 6-1 lead in the third set. The Bears maintained the lead, but Carnegie Mellon pulled to within 14-13 with a block. Back-to-back kills by Byrne and an attacking error by the Tartans extended the lead to 17-13. After CMU cut the lead to 18-16, Byrne hammered a kill down the line to make it 19-16 and spark a 7-1 run to end the set. The run to end the match also included a kill by Sheredy and a pair of kills by sophomore Nkiru Udenze.

Washington U. hit .248 (48-17-125) as a team in the match, while limiting Carnegie Mellon to a .109 (30-18-110) hitting percentage. Sheredy led the Bears with 14 kills and nine digs, while Dupont finished with 11 kills. Byrne finished with nine kills and a .308 hitting percentage (9-1-26), and Nelligan tallied eight kills. Sophomore Cassie Wang recorded 22 assists and nine digs, while Zastrow added 20 assists. Katagiri had a match-high 15 digs.

#11 Washington U. 3, Case Western Reserve 0
The Bears and Spartans played to a 5-5 tie before an 11-1 run helped Washington U. open up a 16-6 lead. Nelligan had five kills during the run, and Wang added a pair of ace serves. Case got to within 17-10, but the Bears continued to cruise and a kill by Dupont gave Washington U. the 25-13 win in set one. In the second set, Wang served the first five points as Washington U. built a 5-0 lead. The Bears extended the lead to 14-4 with a 6-1 run that included three kills by Dupont. Case was unable to get closer than seven points the remainder of the set as the Bears earned a 25-17 win to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

Set three started similarly to the second set as Katagiri served the Bears to a 6-0 lead. After a service error by the Bears made it 10-6, Washington U. went on a 5-0 run that included three kills by Byrne and an ace by Wang, to built a 15-6 lead. A kill by Nelligan made it a 10-point lead for the Bears at 17-7, but Case answered with four straight points to get to within 17-11. Nelligan ended the rally with a kill after a Washington U. timeout and the Bears quickly regained a 10-point advantage at 22-12 on a kill by Sheredy. Back-to-back kills by Byrne and Nelligan ended the match as the Bears earned a 25-14 win in set three. In that set, Washington U. hit .485 with 16 kills and no errors on 33 attacks.

Dupont and Nelligan paced the Bears with 14 and 11 kills, respectively, while combining to hit .583 (25-4-36). Dupont also assisted on four of the Bears' five blocks in the match. Byrne added nine kills, while hitting .368 (9-2-19). Zastrow finished with 18 assists, and Wang tallied 15 assists, four aces and seven digs. Sheredy recorded a team-high 11 digs.

Bear Notebook: Washington U. leads the all-time series against both Carnegie Mellon (46-1) and Case (38-1) … The Bears are 175-8 (.956) all-time in UAA Round Robin play … Washington U. has posted a record of 448-49 (.901) at home since 1985 … Byrne moved into 14th on Washington U.'s all-time career kills leaderboard with 1,188, and is now 38 kills behind 13th … Byrne had 45 attack attempts, moving into 10th on the WUSTL all-time list with 3,005.