Four Bears Earn All-UAA Volleyball Honors

Four Bears Earn All-UAA Volleyball Honors

2016 UAA Volleyball Awards

St. Louis, Mo., Nov. 8, 2016 – Four members of the Washington University in St. Louis volleyball team were honored by the University Athletic Association (UAA) as announced Tuesday afternoon by the conference office.

Seniors Caroline Dupont and Rexi Sheredy were named to the all-UAA First Team and sophomores Julianne Malek and Ifeoma Ufondu were named to the all-UAA Second Team.

Dupont and Sheredy were both second team All-UAA honorees last year. The Bear duo helped WashU compile a 118-27 record over the past four seasons and have worked their way into the WashU record book in multiple categories. Malek and Ufondu earned the all-UAA honor for the first time in their careers.

Dupont has earned all-UAA First-Team honors in three of her four seasons. She worked her way back to the all-UAA First Team after leading the Bears attack in multiple categories including 318 kills, 30 aces and a .331 hitting percentage. She leads the UAA in blocks per set, averaging 1.03, while her 318 kills rank fifth. The Leawood, Kan.-native reached double figure kill totals 16 times this season, with perhaps her best performance coming in WashU's most recent match against the University of Chicago. Dupont totaled 16 kills with a .481 hitting percentage, three assists, three blocks and two aces in the Bears 3-1 win over Chicago in the UAA third-place match. The senior middle hitter continues to ascend the WashU record book in several categories including 360 block assists (T-3rd), 430 total blocks (7th), 515 sets played (7th) and 1,412 kills (8th).

Sheredy has been recognized by the UAA three times in her career, earning second-team honors last season and honorable-mention status after her sophomore campaign. This season she has recorded 11 matches with at least 10 kills and digs apiece. The San Jose, Calif.-native is second in combined kills (2.48 k/s) and digs (3.16 d/s) per set in the UAA. During the UAA Championship weekend, Sheredy finished with 34 kills and 38 digs as the Bears went 2-1. She is also tied with Dupont for the team lead in aces with 30. This season Sheredy moved into 10th place of the WashU record book in both kills and digs with 1,353 and 1,441 respectively. Her 505 sets played rank eighth all-time in school history.

In her second season at WashU, Malek emerged as one of the most popular targets of the Bears setters. One season removed from totaling eight kills, Malek needed just two matches in 2016 to top that figure. To date The Woodlands, Texas-native has amassed 251 kills with an efficient .302 hitting percentage. Standing in at six feet tall, Malek has also contributed to a strong Bears net defense. The Bears lead the UAA with 244 blocks, which Malek has denied 18 attacks by herself and assisted on 80 others.

Ufondu ranks second on the Bears with 288 kills, a mark that ranks eighth in the conference. She has reached double-digit kill totals 15 times this season, including an 18-kill match victory against No. 1 California Lutheran University. The 18 kills are the most by a Bear this season in a single match. In addition, Ufondu has 115 digs and 58 blocks on the season to help the WashU defense.

WashU finished the regular season with a 22-10 record and is ranked No. 16 in the final regular-season AVCA Division III Coaches Poll. The Bears begin NCAA Regional play by facing Heidelberg University in the opening round on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. (CT). in Whitewater, Wis. Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.