Underclassmen Shine in Volleyball’s Straight Sweep

Photo by Nathan Katz
Photo by Nathan Katz

St. Louis, Mo., September 10, 2019 – Sophomore Michaela Bach and freshman Alaina Bohrer led the Washington University in St. Louis volleyball attack in a straight sweep of Westminster (Mo.) College in a non-conference match in the WU Field House Tuesday evening.

WashU improved to 7-3 overall while dropping Westminster to 1-3 on the year. The Bears improved to 15-0 all-time against the Blue Jays with the win.

The Red & Green held Westminster to a .059 hitting percentage and WashU rebounded from a poor first set attack to hit .269 for the match. Bach led the match with 12 kills in 26 attempts. Bohrer posted the top hitting percentage on the Bears with multiple kills, hitting .533 while tallying nine kills in 15 attempts. WashU's underclassmen combined to floor 36 of the Bears 43 total kills.

Pacing the WashU attack were sophomore Samantha Kaiser and junior Kirby Knapp. Kaiser posted a season-high 17 assists and Knapp added 15. Defensively senior Zoe Baxter and junior Rachel Cheng notched 11 digs apiece.

WashU quickly ran away with the first set and held a 21-11 lead on a kill by Knapp. The Blue Jays retaliated and cut their deficit to three points at 24-21 but a ball handling error concluded the frame in the Bears favor 25-21. Sophomore Caitlin Lorenz led the team with three kills in the initial set.

The Bears built a 6-1 advantage with Cheng at the service line. The run included an ace by Cheng and kills by Lorenz, Bohrer and Bach. WashU improved its attack in the second set and hit .262 as a group following the .065 mark in the first set. Bach led the group with six kills and Bohrer tallied five as the Bears took the set 25-13.

The Blue Jays held pace with WashU for the first 19 points of the set and trailed by just a single point, 10-9 before WashU went on an 8-2 run. Bach scored five of the points on the run with three kills and two blocks to help the Bears to an 18-11 lead. WashU closed out the set 25-16 on a kill by freshman Megan Lucey. Bach, Bohrer and Lucey all totaled four kills apiece as the Bears concluded the match with a .484 hitting percentage in the final set.

WashU remains home for the East-to-West Battle Friday-Saturday, September 13-14. The Bears welcome some of the top Division III programs to the WU Field House. The tournament begins on Friday at 10 a.m. with No. 6 Juniata playing No. 11 Trinity (Texas). WashU opens its three match weekend against No. 3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at 7 p.m. For more information and the full schedule fans can check out the tournament page HERE.

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