WashU Drops Tense Four Set UAA Match to Chicago

WashU Drops Tense Four Set UAA Match to Chicago

Pittsburgh, Pa., Oct. 2, 2016 – In a tightly contested four set match, Washington University in St. Louis volleyball dropped its first University Athletic Association (UAA) contest of the season against University of Chicago Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh.

WashU (12-7 Overall, 2-1 UAA) and Chicago were evenly matched throughout the contest finishing the match with 56 kills each as the Maroons finished with a single more dig than the Bears 70. 

Chicago 3 – WashU 1 (21-25, 25-23, 18-25, 25-27)

Caroline Dupont, Rexi Sheredy and Julianne Malek combined for 42 of the Bears kills. Dupont led the squad with 16, while Sheredy finished the match with her second double-double of the weekend as she posted 15 kills and 17 digs. In addition to Malek's 11 kills she led the team with five block assists. 

The Bears took a 10-8 lead following an ace from Sheredy. Following the ace, Chicago went on a four point run and never relinquished the lead in taking the first set.

During the second set, WashU trailed by four points but fought back to even things up multiple times. The score was tied five times before the Bears took the lead on a Dupont kill which put WashU ahead 22-20. The Bears and Maroons traded single points before ending the second set on a Chicago service error. 

Sheredy recorded multiple kills in the third set to keep the Bears within striking distance but WashU was unable to inch closer than a single point down the stretch. Chicago went on a series of two point runs to close the set out with a 25-18 score in favor of the Maroons.

WashU trailed by four points in the fourth set before kills from Dupont and one from Amanda Palucki evened things up at 13-all. Chicago called a timeout before a four-point swing for the Maroons. The Bears fought back with a couple of back-to-back points to even things up at 24-all. Chicago took a one point lead but Dupont evened things back up on a set from Chloe Stile. The Maroons closed out the match with two straight points. 

Natalie Stephanus and Sheredy finished the match with two service aces while Stile contributed 48 assists. Zoe Baxter totaled 23 digs to lead the Bears.

WashU travels to Brandeis University for four matches in UAA play starting Saturday, Oct. 15 against Case Western University. Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.