St. Louis, Mo., Nov. 13, 2014 – Four individuals from the No. 7-ranked Washington University in St. Louis volleyball team received 2014 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division III All-Central Region honors, as announced Thursday by the AVCA.
Sophomore middle hitter Caroline Dupont, sophomore libero Kalehua Katagiri and junior middle hitter Jackie Nelligan were each named to the All-Central Region First Team, while junior right-side hitter/setter Allison Zastrow received all-region honorable mention honors. Dupont and Nelligan were repeat first-team All-Region selections, while Katagiri and Zastrow each received the honors for the first time in their careers.
Dupont, a two-time first-team all-UAA honoree, has started all 38 matches for the Bears this season and leads the team with 3.15 points per set. She is second on the team and fourth in the UAA with a .318 hitting percentage. Dupont's 102 blocks and 35 ace serves are also second for the Bears, and her 320 kills ranks third.
Katagiri, who earned first-team all-UAA honors, has played in every set for the Bears at libero this season. She has recorded 612 total digs, which is third all-time on Washington U.'s single-season leaderboard. Katagiri has tallied double-digit digs in 32 of 38 matches, including topping the 20-dig mark 10 times. She was named the UAA Defensive Athlete of the Week twice during the regular season.
Nelligan, a two-time first-team all-UAA selection, has started all 38 matches and leads the team with a .329 hitting percentage and 0.95 blocks per set. She has tallied 108 block assists this season, which is one shy of entering Washington U.'s single-season top-10 list. Nelligan has 251 career block assists, which is also one short of cracking the Bears' all-time career leaderboard. She was named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division III National Player of the Week Sept. 23.
Zastrow, who received second-team all-UAA accolades, has also started every match this season for the Bears. She has recorded 301 kills, 218 assists and 191 digs, while playing primarily as a right-side hitter. Zastrow has recorded six double-doubles, and had a triple-double of 14 kills, 28 assists and 15 digs in a four-set win over Carnegie Mellon University Oct. 19. She was named the UAA Offensive Athlete of the Week Sept. 15, and was the UAA Setter/Defensive Athlete of the Week Oct. 20.
Washington University (33-5) begins postseason play by hosting the St. Louis, Missouri Regional Friday-Sunday, Nov. 14-16. The Bears take on Bluffton University in the opening round at 8 p.m. Friday at the WU Field House.