Four Bears Named to All-UAA Volleyball Team

Four Bears Named to All-UAA Volleyball Team

St. Louis, Mo., Nov. 11, 2014 – Four individuals from the Washington University in St. Louis volleyball team were selected to the 2014 University Athletic Association (UAA) All-Association Volleyball Team, as announced Monday by the league office.

Sophomore middle hitter Caroline Dupont, sophomore libero Kalehua Katagiri and junior middle hitter Jackie Nelligan were each named to the All-UAA First Team, while junior right-side hitter/setter Allison Zastrow was selected to the Second Team. Dupont and Nelligan were repeat selections to the All-UAA First Team, while Katagiri and Zastrow each earned all-conference honors for the first time in their careers.

Dupont has started all 38 matches for the Bears, playing in 132 of 134 sets. She leads the team with 3.15 points per set, and is third on the team with 320 kills (2.42 per set). Dupont is also second on the team and fourth in the UAA with a .318 hitting percentage. She has posted double-digit kills in 15 matches this season, and also ranks second on the Bears' team with 102 blocks and 35 ace serves. Dupont was named to the all-tournament team at the Elmhurst Invite II in September.

Katagiri is the only player on the team to play in all 134 sets this season. She has recorded 612 total digs, which ranks third on Washington U.'s all-time single-season leaderboard. Katagiri, who ranks fourth in the UAA with 4.57 digs per set, has tallied double-digit digs in 32 of 38 matches this season, including topping the 20-dig mark 10 times. She was named the UAA Defensive Athlete of the Week Sept. 8 and Oct. 13, and earned all-tournament honors at the WU/ASICS Invitational as well as the Elmhurst Invite III.

Nelligan has played in 131 of 134 sets this season, while starting all 38 matches. She leads the team and ranks second in the UAA with a .329 hitting percentage, and is fourth in the conference averaging 0.95 blocks per set. Nelligan has tallied 108 block assists this season, which is one shy of entering Washington U.'s all-time single-season top-10 list. She now has 251 block assists in 105 career matches, which is also one shy of joining the Bears' all-time career top-10 for block assists. Nelligan was named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division III National Player of the Week Sept. 23 and the UAA Offensive Athlete of the Week Sept. 22. She earned all-tournament honors three times this season, at the WU/ASICS Invitational, Elmhurst Invite II, and Bears Invite.

Zastrow also started all 38 matches for the Bears this season, playing in 133 of 134 sets. She has tallied 301 kills, 218 assists and 191 digs this season. Zastrow has recorded double-doubles on six occasions, and posted a triple-double with 14 kills, 28 assists and 15 digs in the Bears' four-set win over Carnegie Mellon University Oct. 19. She was named the UAA Offensive Player of the Week Sept. 15, and picked up UAA Setter/Defensive Athlete of the Week accolades Oct. 20. Zastrow was also named to the all-tournament team at the Wittenberg Fall Classic in September.

Washington U. finished the regular season with a 33-5 overall record. The Bears posted a 6-1 UAA record, and finished third at the UAA Championship last weekend. Washington U. begins NCAA Tournament play by hosting the St. Louis, Missouri Regional Friday-Sunday, Nov. 14-16, at the WU Field House. The Bears face Bluffton University at 8 p.m. Friday in the opening round.