St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 24, 2015 – The No. 3-ranked Washington University in St. Louis volleyball team remained perfect at home this season with a 25-8, 25-22, 25-15 win over No. 23 Illinois Wesleyan University Thursday evening at the WU Field House.
With the win, WashU improved to 14-1 overall and 10-0 at home. Illinois Wesleyan dropped to 10-4 with the loss. The Bears return to action with three matches at the first University Athletic Association (UAA) Round Robin Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 3-4, in New York City.
WashU came out hot in the first set, hitting .429 as a team to cruise to a 25-8 win. The Bears jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the set behind the serving of senior Allison Zastrow, and used another 7-0 run midway through the set to take a commanding 19-5 lead. Junior Rexi Sheredy put away her fifth kill of the set to give the Bears the 25-8 win. In the second set, Illinois Wesleyan used a 6-0 run that included three attacking errors by the Bears to take a 13-9 lead. The Titans maintained the advantage until a serve in the net made it 18-15 in favor of IWU. The Bears scored five of the next seven points, including three kills by Sheredy to tie the score at 20-20 and Zastrow served the next four points before a kill by senior Jackie Nelligan finished the set at 25-22.
In set three, IWU took an early 5-4 lead before WashU put together a 10-2 run to make it 14-7. The Titans cut the lead to five, but back-to-back attacking errors by IWU and an emphatic kill by junior Caroline Dupont pushed the lead to 21-13. After a kill by Zastrow made it 23-15 in favor of WashU, Dupont served back-to-back aces to end the match.
WashU finished with a season-best .378 attacking (45-11-90) in the match, while Illinois Wesleyan was limited to .023 (21-19-86). Sheredy led a balanced attack for the Bears, equaling her season-high with 14 kills and 10 digs for her third double-double of the season. Zastrow tallied 32 assists, five kills and four digs. Junior Amanda Palucki also had a big offensive match, totaling nine kills on 13 attacks without an error for a .692 attacking percentage.
Bear Notebook: WashU improved to 4-1 against ranked teams this season … The Bears are 22-4 all-time against Illinois Wesleyan … It was the sixth time this season WashU has hit above .300 as a team.