No. 19 WashU Hosts Greenville in Green Dot Match

Photo by WUSTL Photos/Danny Reise
Photo by WUSTL Photos/Danny Reise

St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 31, 2017 - The No. 19-ranked Washington University in St. Louis volleyball team plays its regular season home finale tonight against Greenville University at 7 p.m. with the WashU Athletics and Relationship & Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP) Center collaborating to raise awareness to bystander intervention and intolerance towards violence.

Following the Bears regular season finale, they will head to Atlanta, Ga. for the University Athletic Association (UAA) Volleyball Championships. WashU earned the second seed into the tournament with a 6-1 conference record and will face seventh seeded New York University in the quarterfinals on Friday, Nov. 3 at 12 p.m. (ET).

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THIS WEEK'S COMPETITION - WashU (20-9 Overall, 6-1 UAA) enters the week as the No. 19 ranked team in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division III poll. The Bears remain home at the WU Field House and host Greenville (24-6, 15-3 SLIAC) Tuesday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. The Bears will travel to Atlanta, Ga. for the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships over the weekend with their first match slated for Friday, Nov. 3 at 12 p.m. (ET) against New York. The winner will advance to the 4 p.m. (ET) semifinal against the winner of No. 20 Chicago and Rochester's quarterfinal match. The UAA Championship is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 4 at 1 p.m. (ET).

GREEN DOT MATCH - On Tuesday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m., WashU volleyball will host Greenville University in the "Green Dot" match. WashU Athletics will collaborate with WashU's Relationship & Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP) Center in an effort to raise awareness and educate people about the importance of creating a community where violence is not tolerated.

UAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK - Junior Julianne Malek was named the University Athletic Association (UAA) Player of the Week after posting personal-best kill figures over the weekend at the Baden Invitational. She was named to the Baden Invite All-Tournament team after recording a .402 hitting percentage with 56 kills, 15 blocks, nine digs and four aces. In a 3-1 loss to Hendrix, she recorded a new personal-best 25 kills, averaging 6.25 kills per set with a .568 hitting percentage. Malek was the first Bear to total 25 kills since Erin Albers did against Hope on Nov. 20, 2009 in the NCAA Division III National Semifinals.

BADEN INVITATIONAL - WashU had two players named to the All-Tournament team for their efforts in junior Julianne Malek and sophomore Zoe Baxter. Baxter also set a personal-best with 34 digs against Hendrix. The Bears concluded the tournament with a 1-3 record. The lone victory came at the beginning of the tournament to extend the Bears winning streak to 10 matches, but WashU dropped three straight matches for the first time since 2013.  The last time the Bears fell in three consecutive matches at home was in 2007. The 2007 Bears rebounded from the losing streak to capture the Division III National Championship.

STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE - WashU's strength of schedule determined by opponent's cumulative winning percentage ranks 10th in all of Division III, as the Bears past and future opponents possess a .656 win percentage.

EXTREMELY EFFICIENT - Junior Julianne Malek ranks third in hitting percentage among her Division III peers. She has posted a 0.415 swing rate on the year with 297 kills and 57 errors in 578 attempts. She also leads the Bears in service aces with 37. Junior Ifeoma Ufondu leads the Bears with 316 kills.