Zastrow's First-Team Honor Highlights Four Volleyball All-Americans

Zastrow's First-Team Honor Highlights Four Volleyball All-Americans

St. Louis, Mo., Nov. 17, 2015 Washington University in St. Louis senior setter Allison Zastrow was named to the Division III All-America First Team by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) to highlight four All-Americans for WashU, as announced Tuesday by the AVCA.

The 2015 University Athletic Association (UAA) Most Valuable Player, Zastrow is the 29th individual in WashU volleyball history to be named a First-Team All-American. Junior middle hitter Caroline Dupont earned a spot on the All-America Second Team, while junior outside hitter Rexi Sheredy and senior outside hitter Nkiru Udenze were each on the All-America honorable mention.

Zastrow, who also earned All-Central Region and All-UAA First-Team honors, finished the season with an NCAA Division III-best 1,525 assists. She was also second in the country with 11.64 assists per set, while helping the Bears rank first in Division III with 14.41 kills per set. Zastrow's total assists in 2015 ranks ninth on the WashU all-time single-season leaderboard, and her 2,624 career assists is 10th in school history. She recorded double-doubles of assists and digs in 19 matches this season, and was a five-time UAA Setter/Defensive Athlete of the Week as a senior. Zastrow earned all-tournament honors at the North Central College Tiffany Robinson Memorial Tournament in October.

Dupont earned All-America honors for the third year in a row after being on the First Team as a freshman and the Honorable Mention last season. A three-time All-Central Region First-Team honoree and 2015 All-UAA Second Team selection, she led WashU with 372 kills and a .413 hitting percentage this season, while finishing second on the team with 35 aces and 94 blocks. Dupont's hitting percentage for the season ranked second in NCAA Division III. She joined the 1,000-kill club during WashU's win at Westminster College (Mo.) Oct. 20. Dupont finished her junior season ranked 10th in school history with 264 career block assists and 20th in career kills with 1,094. She was named to the all-tournament team at the NCAA Thousand Oaks, Calif. Regional, as well as at the ASICS Invite and the Emory National Invitational. 

Sheredy received AVCA All-America Honorable Mention accolades for the first time in her career after being named to the All-Central Region First Team and the All-UAA Second Team. This season, she became just the ninth player in school history to compile more than 1,000 kills and digs in her career. Sheredy joined WashU's 1,000-kill club in the win at Westminster Oct. 20, after passing 1,000 career digs in a win over Case Western Reserve University Oct. 18. She finished her junior season ranked sixth in school history with 3,293 career attacks and 21st on WashU's career kills list with 1,090.

Udenze was also selected to the AVCA All-America Honorable Mention for the first time in her career after being a First-Team All-Central Region and All-UAA honoree. She led the Bears with 386 digs while finishing third on the team with 349 kills in her senior season. Udenze joined the 1,000-kill club during WashU's NCAA Regional Semifinal win over No. 7 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges, and finished her career ranked 27th in school history with 1,011 kills. She tallied double-doubles of kills and digs 14 times in her first season playing six rotations, and was named to the all-tournament team at the Baden Invite.

WashU finished the season with a 34-3 overall record, and advanced to the NCAA Regional Championship for the 28th time in school history. The Bears also won their 21st UAA Championship in school history.