No. 9 Washington U. Sweeps Rochester, Brandeis at UAA Round Robin

Cleveland, Ohio, Oct. 5, 2013 – The No. 9-ranked Washington University in St. Louis volleyball team earned a pair of University Athletic Association (UAA) wins over University of Rochester (25-16, 25-21, 25-12) and Brandeis University (25-14, 25-10, 25-17) on the first day of UAA Round Robin #1 at Case Western Reserve University Saturday.

Washington U. (14-4, 2-0 UAA) finishes play at the first UAA Round Robin by facing No. 18 University of Chicago at Noon (ET) Sunday.

#9 Washington U. 3, Rochester 0
With the score tied 6-6 in the first set, Washington U. used a 6-2 run to take a 12-8 lead on an ace serve by freshman Alex Sheredy. Rochester rallied to within 13-12 after back-to-back kills by Savannah Benton, but the Bears answered with a 7-1 run to open up a 20-13 lead before finishing with a 25-16 win on Sheredy's fifth kill of the set.

Set two was similar to the first, with Washington U. taking a 7-6 lead early. A service error by the Yellowjackets gave the serve back to the Bears and sparked a 6-1 run that included an ace by freshman Caroline Dupont. Rochester cut the lead to 15-13, but a 4-0 run for the Bears quickly made it 19-13 and the Yellowjackets were unable to get closer than two points the remainder of the set as the Bears won 25-21. After taking an 8-5 lead, Washington U. strung together 10-straight points behind the serving of sophomore Cassie Wang, to build an 18-5 lead before cruising to the 25-12 win to end the match.

Sheredy and Dupont led the Bears with nine kills each, while sophomore Jackie Nelligan added eight. Senior Meghan Byrne tallied six kills on 14 swings while hitting at a .429 clip. Dupont also recorded seven blocks in the match. Wang recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 16 kills and 12 digs, while sophomore Allison Zastrow also contributed 16 assists and freshman Kalehua Katagiri pitched in with 12 digs as well.

#9 Washington U. 3, Brandeis 0
The Bears used a 10-0 run behind the serving of Katagiri to build a 12-2 run in set one. That lead was all Washington U. needed as the Bears went on to win 25-14. In the second set it was Katagiri's serving that again gave Washington U. a cushion. The Bears led 9-8 before an 8-0 run with Katagiri serving to take a 17-8 lead before finishing with the 25-10 win to go up 2-0. Washington U. built an early 8-3 lead in the third set. The Judges pulled to within 10-7, but Washington U. answered and extended its lead to 21-12 on a kill by freshman Amanda Palucki. A kill by senior Emily Tulloch ended the match, giving the Bears a 25-17 win in set three.

Dupont led the Bears offensively with 11 kills on 16 swings for a .688 hitting percentage, while also recording a team-best five blocks. Sheredy added nine kills and seven digs, and Nelligan tallied eight kills while hitting .545. Wang finished with 18 assists and seven digs, while Zastrow added 14. Katagiri was the lone player in double-figures defensively with 11 digs.

Bear Notebook: Washington U. leads the all-time series' against Rochester 47-1 and against Brandeis 36-0 … The win against Rochester was the 45th in a row for the Bears … Katagiri has posted double-digit digs in each of the past 14 matches … Byrne recorded 10 kills on 24 attacks without an error on the day (.417 hitting percentage).