St. Louis, Mo., Nov. 12, 2015 – The No. 1-ranked Washington University in St. Louis volleyball team had five individuals selected to the 2015 All-Central Region Teams, as announced Thursday by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).
Junior middle hitter Caroline Dupont, junior outside hitter Rexi Sheredy, senior outside hitter Nkiru Udenze and senior setter Allison Zastrow were named to the All-Central Region First Team, while senior middle hitter Jackie Nelligan was an honorable mention selection.
The five selections for WashU was the second-highest total in school history, and the first time the Bears have had five All-Region honorees since 2011.
Dupont earned All-Central Region honors for the third year in a row after being an All-University Athletic Association (UAA) Second Team honoree this season. She is second in the UAA and in NCAA Division III with a .407 hitting percentage. Dupont joined the 1,000-kill club during WashU's four-set win at Westminster College (Mo.) Oct. 20, and currently ranks 23rd in school history with 1,057 career kills. She was named to the all-tournament teams at the ASICS Invite and the Emory National Invitational, and was the UAA Offensive Athlete of the Week Sept. 21.
Sheredy picked up All-Central Region honors for the first time in her career after being named to the All-UAA Second Team earlier this week. She also joined WashU's 1,000-kill club in the win at Westminster Oct. 20. Sheredy surpassed 1,000 career digs in the Bears' win over Case Western Reserve University Oct. 18, making her just the ninth player in school history to reach both milestones. She currently ranks 22nd on WashU's all-time career kills list with 1,063, and has 1,079 career digs. Sheredy was selected as the UAA Offensive Athlete of the Week Oct. 5.
Udenze was named to the All-Central Region team for the first time in her career after also earning All-UAA First Team honors for the first time. In her first season playing six rotations, she is leading WashU with 361 digs and is third in kills with 321. Udenze has tallied double-digit kills in 20 matches, while reaching double-digit digs 16 times. A two-time UAA Offensive Athlete of the Week this season, she was named to the all-tournament team at the Baden Invite.
Zastrow received All-Central Region honors for the second time after being an honorable mention selection last season. The 2015 UAA Most Valuable Player, she leads the conference and is second in NCAA Division III averaging 11.61 assists per set this season. In her first season as the Bears' lone setter, she has amassed a nation-leading 1,405 assists for the team that ranks first in Division III with 14.38 kills per set. A four-time UAA Setter/Defensive Athlete of the Week selection this season, Zastrow has tallied double-doubles of assists and digs in 16 matches. She was named to the all-tournament team at the North Central College Tiffany Robinson Memorial Tournament, and currently ranks 10th on WashU's all-time career assists list with 2,504.
Nelligan landed on the All-Central Region honorable mention after being a first-team All-Region selection each of the past two seasons. The three-time first-team All-UAA honoree leads the conference and ranks 13th in NCAA Division III with 135 blocks this season, for a conference-best 1.11 blocks per set. Nelligan became the 24th player in school history to surpass 1,000 career kills, doing so against Loras College Oct. 9. She ranks second on WashU's all-time career block assists leaderboard with 378, fourth in total career blocks (453) and 19th in career kills (1,100). Nelligan was named to the all-tournament teams at both the ASICS Invite and the Baden Invite.
WashU finished the regular season with a 32-2 overall record and is ranked No. 1 in the final regular-season AVCA Division III Coaches Poll. The Bears begin NCAA Regional play by facing University of California Santa Cruz in the opening round at 3 p.m. (PT) Friday in Thousand Oaks, Calif.