No. 9 Volleyball Earns Sweep at Greenville

No. 9 Volleyball Earns Sweep at Greenville

St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 1, 2013 - The No. 9-ranked Washington University in St. Louis volleyball team snapped Greenville College's 13-match winning streak as the Bears earned a 25-22, 25-9, 25-19 win over the Panthers Tuesday night.

Set one was back and forth before Greenville grabbed a 16-14 lead and Washington U. called a timeout. A kill by sophomore Nkiru Udenze gave the Bears a sideout and sparked a 5-0 run for Washington U. that included an ace serve by freshman Caroline Dupont and a kill from the back row by freshman Alex Sheredy. After a timeout by the Panthers, Greenville answered with a 5-0 run to regain a 21-19 advantage. A solo block by sophomore Jackie Nelligan ended the Panthers' scoring run and an attacking error by Greenville tied the score at 21-21. An attacking error by the Bears gave Greenville a 22-21 lead, but another Udenze kill got the sideout and Washington U. scored the final three points to win the set 25-22.

In set two, the teams played back and forth to a 7-6 lead for Greenville. After that point, the Panthers committed 10 attacking errors as Washington U. ran away with a 25-9 win in the second set, including a 12-0 run for the Bears to end the set. The Panthers jumped out to a 9-3 lead in the third set, before a big kill by Dupont made it 9-4. The kill by Dupont sparked a 9-2 run for the Bears, who took their first lead of the set at 12-11 on a kill by senior Tessa Blood. With a 14-13 lead, Washington U. put together a 7-2 run, including three kills and an ace by Dupont, to build a 21-15 lead before finishing with the 25-19 win to end the match.

Washington U. hit .243 as a team in the match, while holding Greenville to a -.021 hitting percentage. The Bears also totaled eight team blocks to four for Greenville. Nelligan led Washington U. offensively with 12 kills on 21 swings while hitting at a .571 clip. She also accounted for seven blocks, including three solo stops. Sheredy also finished in double figures with 11 kills, while Dupont added nine kills, five digs and a season-high four aces. Sophomore Cassie Wang posted her third double-double of the season, with match-highs of 17 assists and 12 digs. Sophomore Allison Zastrow dished out 13 assists, and freshman Kalehua Katagiri recorded 10 digs.

The win for Washington U. ended a 13-match winning streak for Greenville (14-4). Washington U. (12-4) travels to Cleveland, Ohio, for three matches in the University Athletic Association (UAA) Round Robin #1 Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 5-6. The Bears take on University of Rochester at 10:30 a.m. (ET) and Brandeis University at 2:30 p.m. (ET) Saturday before facing No. 18 University of Chicago at Noon (ET) Sunday.

Bear Notebook: Greenville leads the all-time series between the two teams, 12-11… It was the third time this season the Bears' opponent has finished with a negative hitting percentage … Katagiri has posted double-digit digs in each of the past 12 matches … The double-double for Wang was her third of the season.