October 6, 2013

No. 9 WUSTL Volleyball Falls to No. 18 Chicago, 3-1, at UAA Round Robin

Cleveland, Ohio, Oct. 6, 2013 – Freshman Caroline Dupont equaled her career-high with 18 kills, but it was not enough as the No. 9-ranked Washington University in St. Louis volleyball team fell to No. 18 University of Chicago 14-25, 25-22, 18-25, 22-25 on the second day of the first University Athletic Association (UAA) Round Robin Sunday afternoon.

Chicago controlled the first set from start to finish, jumping out to a 5-1 lead and extending it to 9-3 before Washington U. called a timeout. The Bears got to within 13-8 after three kills by sophomore Jackie Nelligan, but a 5-1 run by the Maroons made it 18-9. Chicago remained hot offensively to earn the 25-14 set-one win. The Maroons hit .342 in the opening set, while Washington U. hit .147.

In the second set, the Bears used five kills, including two each by Dupont and freshman Alex Sheredy, to build a 5-2 lead. Chicago battled back to tie the score at 10-10. The Maroons took the lead at 16-15 on a service error by Washington U. but the Bears answered with five-straight points, including a kill and a solo block by Nelligan and an ace serve by sophomore Cassie Wang, to take a 20-16 lead. Chicago cut the lead to two points four more times in the match, but a kill by Dupont gave Washington U. the 25-22 win to even the match. In the set, Dupont recorded seven kills on eight swings.

The third set was similar to the first, with Chicago building an early 6-2 lead. The Bears got to within two at 10-8, but an 8-1 run by the Maroons, including four attacking errors by the Bears, made it 18-9 in favor of Chicago. The Maroons stretched their lead to 23-12, before a kill by Nelligan and a block by Nelligan and sophomore Nkriu Udenze made it 23-14. After Chicago got a set-point opportunity at 24-14, the Bears scored four-straight points, including kills by Nelligan and Udenze and an ace by senior Tanya Marvi, but the Maroons ended the set with a kill to take a 2-1 lead in the match.

A kill by Udenze in the fourth set tied the score at 3-3, but the Maroons went on a 4-0 run to take a 7-3 lead. Washington U. cut the deficit to one on four different points in the remainder of the set, but three serving errors and three attacking errors allowed Chicago to pick up the 25-22 win to end the match.

Chicago hit .261 in the match, while Washington U. finished with .196 hitting percentage. The Bears were also hampered by 13 service errors in the match. Dupont led the Bears with a career-high 18 kills and two blocks. Sheredy notched her eighth double-double of the season with 12 kills and 13 digs, while Nelligan finished with 11 kills and a team-best four blocks. Wang tallied 25 assists and sophomore Allison Zastrow added 23. Freshman Kalehua Katagiri finished with a team-high 17 digs, and Marvi added eight.

Washington U. (14-5, 2-1 UAA) returns to action at the UW-Whitewater Invite III Friday-Saturday, Oct. 11-12, in Whitewater, Wis. The Bears take on St. Catherine University at 5 p.m., followed by a meeting against host No. 17 Wisconsin-Whitewater at 7 Oct. 11.

Bear Notebook: Washington U. leads the all-time series 37-2, but Chicago has won two of the past four meetings … The Bears have posted a 173-8 (.956) record all-time in UAA Round Robins … Washington U. is 2-5 against ranked teams this season … Chicago earned a five-set win over the Bears at the UAA Round Robin in 2012, but Washington U. defeated the Maroons twice later in the season … Katagiri has posted double-digit digs in each of the past 15 matches … Senior Meghan Byrne increased her career kills total to 1,134, which is three kills shy of 16th on Washington U.'s all-time career leaderboard.