Cleveland, Ohio, Oct. 18, 2015 – Washington University in St. Louis junior Rexi Sheredy tallied 28 digs Sunday to pass 1,000 for her career as the No. 1-ranked Bears earned a four-set win over Case Western Reserve University and a sweep of Carnegie Mellon University at the second University Athletic Association (UAA) Round Robin.
WashU finished UAA Round Robin play with a 25-2 overall record and a 6-1 mark in the UAA, securing the No. 2 seed in the UAA Championship scheduled for Nov. 6-7 in Rochester, N.Y. Case finished third in the UAA standings with a 21-5 overall record and a 5-2 mark in conference play, while Carnegie Mellon was fourth at 22-5, 4-3 UAA.
Emory University will be the No. 1 seed after finishing with a 7-0 UAA record. WashU, Case and Carnegie Mellon will be Nos. 2-4, followed by University of Chicago, New York University, University of Rochester and Brandeis University in fifth through eighth, respectively.
No. 1 WashU def. Case 25-10, 19-25, 25-15, 25-23
The Bears dominated the first set against Case, hitting .538 as a team with just one attacking error, while recording four blocks. WashU jumped out to a 9-2 lead behind a five-point serving run by Sheredy, including a pair of aces. The Bears didn't look back through the remainder of the set, and kills by juniors Amanda Palucki and Caroline Dupont finished the 25-10 win for WashU.
In set two, Case took advantage of a pair of attacking errors by the Bears to grab a quick 6-0 lead. The Spartans maintained the lead to a 20-13 advantage, before an attacking error gave WashU a side-out. That sparked a 5-0 run for the Bears that brought them to within 20-18, but Case answered with a 5-1 run to secure the 25-19 win and even the match.
WashU bounced back in the third set, getting its offense back on track. The Bears built a 14-9 lead on a kill by Sheredy, only to have Case rally to cut the deficit to 16-14. A kill by Palucki gave the Bears a side-out, and WashU finished the set with a 9-1 run to earn the 25-15 win and take a 2-1 lead in the match.
Case took the early lead in the fourth set, but WashU used a 10-2 run that included three kills by senior Nkiru Udenze to take a 22-17 lead. A serving error by the Bears gave Case a side-out, and the Spartans put together a 5-1 run to get to within 23-22. Case was whistled for a ball-handling error, but then got a kill to make it 24-23 in favor of WashU, and Palucki got a kill to fall on the Bears' second match-point opportunity to seal the win.
WashU finished with .302 attacking in the match and tallied eight blocks to limit Case to .183 hitting. The Bears also had 10 ace serves, including a career-high four by Sheredy. Udenze led WashU with 15 kills and 15 digs, while Palucki and Dupont added 14 kills each. Sheredy had 10 kills and a team-high 17 digs, and freshman Natalie Stephanus finished with 16 digs. Senior Allison Zastrow tallied 54 assists and 15 digs.
No. 1 WashU def. Carnegie Mellon 25-23, 25-13, 25-16
WashU and Carnegie Mellon played evenly to start the match, and the Tartans gained a 16-13 lead midway through the set. Sheredy and senior Jackie Nelligan teamed up for a block, and Sheredy served six straight points, turning the deficit into a 20-16 lead for the Bears with an ace serve. Carnegie Mellon got to within one three different times, but WashU had an answer each time. After a serving error by the Bears made it 24-23, Sheredy got a kill to finish the set with a 25-23 win for WashU.
In set two, WashU scored three straight points to take a 10-7 lead. After a kill by the Tartans made it 10-8, WashU went on an 8-1 run that included a pair of aces by Zastrow and an ace by Dupont as the Bears extended the lead to 18-9. The Tartans were unable to get closer than eight the remainder of the set, and a block by Dupont and Sheredy sealed the 25-13 set-two win for WashU. Zastrow had two more aces at the beginning of set three as the Bears jumped out to a 5-1 advantage. After Carnegie Mellon cut the lead to 6-4, WashU scored four unanswered points to push the lead back to 10-4 on a kill by Palucki. A block by the Tartans and an attacking error by the Bears brought Carnegie Mellon within 10-6, but that was the closest they were able to get the remainder of the match as WashU pulled away for the 25-16 win in set three to complete the sweep.
WashU finished with .245 attacking in the match, while limiting Carnegie Mellon to a .043 hitting percentage. The Bears' serving was once again a key to the win as they tallied a season-high 12 aces, including a career-high four by Zastrow and three more by Sheredy. Palucki led the Bears offensively with 14 kills, while Sheredy recorded her ninth double-double of the season with 11 kills and a team-high 11 digs. Zastrow finished with 35 assists, and sophomore Lauren Fournier had 10 digs.
The Bears return to action with three matches next week. WashU travels to Westminster College to face the Bluejays at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Fulton, Mo. The Bears will then play two matches Friday, Oct. 23, at the Linda Slagell Dig for the Cure Tournament hosted by Millikin University.
Bear Notebook: WashU improved to 39-1 all-time against Case, and 49-2 all-time against Carnegie Mellon … Sheredy finished the weekend with 1,016 career digs … Sheredy is also seven kills shy of 1,000 for her career, while Dupont needs five kills to join WashU's 1,000 kills club … Nelligan had nine blocks on the day, bringing her career total to 419 and passing Katie Gielow (1997-2000) for seventh on WashU's all-time career leaderboard.