King Powers Volleyball to Season Opening Victory

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

Lexington, Ky. August 31, 2018 – Junior Leila King finished two kills shy of tying a personal-best with 13 as she powered the No. 10-ranked Washington University in St. Louis volleyball team to a 3-1 win against tournament host Transylvania University to open the Bears 2018 season.

The Bears beat the Pioneers for its first victory of the year, handing Transylvania its first loss by set scores of 24-26, 25-20, 25-15 and 25-18. WashU held the opposition to a .118 hitting percentage with the Bears blocking 10 Pioneer attacks.

Junior Zoe Baxter posted a team leading 15 digs while junior Chloe Stile and sophomore Kirby Knapp paced the Bears attack to a .252 hitting percentage with 22 assists apiece.

First Set: Transylvania 26 – WashU 24

Behind the service of senior Natalie Stephanus, the Bears built a quick 5-1 advantage which included a pair of blocks by senior Julianne Malek, Ifeoma Ufondu and junior Hannah Turner. The lead grew to a six-point advantage on a pair of Pioneer errors, 13-7 and 14-8, but Transylvania fought to take just its second lead of the set at 23-22 before claiming a 26-24 opening set victory.

Second Set: WashU 25 – Transylvania 20

Transylvania scored 10 of the second sets first 19 points for a 10-9 edge, but two kills from sophomore Tricia Brown and an ace by junior Zoe Baxter put the Bears ahead 13-10. A kill by King gave WashU a five-point lead, 20-15, which held true as Malek closed out the second set with a kill.

Third Set: WashU 25 – Transylvania 15

The third set of play was dominated by King and Brown, who combined to score eight of the Bears 25 points. King produced four kills and a block assist, while Brown added three kills. WashU nearly doubled its lead in the middle of the set, blossoming a 13-8 advantage to 18-9. Junior Chloe Stile added a service ace and two assists on the run.

Fourth Set: WashU 25 – Transylvania 18

WashU fell behind 5-2 early on in the final set before a kill from Ufondu sparked a nine-point swing. Malek proceeded to serve the Bears to an 11-5 edge with two aces. King added two kills on the run. Transylvania rallied within two points multiple times and held an 18-16 deficit late in the action. Senior Lauren Martin scored two of the Bears final three points.

Up Next: The Bears will continue play in Lexington, Ky. on Saturday, Sept. 1 with two matches against No. 25-ranked Berry and Hope. Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.