St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 2, 2018 – Junior libero Zoe Baxter led No. 11 Washington University in St. Louis volleyball's defensive effort Tuesday evening with a match-leading 21 digs in the Bears straight set victory over Greenville University in the WU Field House.
With the victory, WashU improved to 12-4 on the year, while Greenville dropped to 11-8 overall. The Bears held the Panthers to a .036 hitting percentage with a combined 52 digs and ix blocks.
Set 1: WashU 25 – Greenville 19
Senior middle hitter Julianne Malek led the attack in the first set totaling five kills on just six attempts. Junior middle hitter Leila King joined the club with four kills on six attempts, as both collaborated on a block.
Greenville tied the set at 7-7 before a block by Malek and sophomore setter Kirby Knapp aided a 5-0 Bear run. Baxter recorded two service aces on the run. Freshman Michaela Bach scored WashU's 24th point, before a Panther error ended the set.
Set 2: WashU 25 – Greenville 16
Malek once again led the charge with four kills on six attempts. The Bears held Greenville to a .029 hitting percentage in the second set while hitting .333 themselves.
In the second set, WashU scored eight consecutive points to take a 16-7 lead behind two kills by Malek. Junior Hannah Turner capped the run with a kill set up by freshman Samantha Kaiser. Turner also ended the set with a kill assisted by Baxter.
Set 3: WashU 25 – Greenville 21
Ufondu took control of the third set as Malek did not see any action. She posted four kills on five attempts while also producing a block assist in the Bears match clinching set.
King went to the service line for the first time in the match when WashU was ahead 3-1 in the set and contributed two aces which matched a career-best total. Following King's time at the line, WashU led 8-1.
The Panthers did however go on a run of their own and tied the set at 11-all, but a kill by Turner and block by Bach and King helped push the Bears back ahead. WashU closed out the set with the final four points including two kills by Ufondu.
In two sets played, Malek recorded a .750 hitting percentage on nine kills in 12 attempts with no errors. Ufondu tied Malek for the match-high in kills, nine while also producing a stellar hitting percentage (.438). Knapp tallied 20 assists and Kaiser added nine.
The Bears will welcome four teams to the WU Field House this weekend during the WashU Invitational. The Red & Green will next compete at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5 against University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in the Dig Pink night. Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.