Greenville, Ill., Nov. 5, 2019 –The Washington University in St. Louis volleyball team closed out the 2019 regular season by sweeping Greenville University, 3-0 (25-23. 25-21, 25-20) on Tuesday night at GU's H.J. Long Gymnasium.
The Bears improve to 22-7 on the season while the Panthers fall to 22-8 on the year.
Sophomore Michaela Bach led the Bears' offense with 16 kills and 16 digs for her seventh double-double of the season. Sophomore Caitlin Lorenz hit .500 for WashU with eight kills and no errors in 16 swings. Junior setter Kirby Knapp dished out 40 assists and collected 10 digs, while senior libero Zoe Baxter chipped in 12 digs and a service ace. Senior Leila King tallied four total blocks (1 solo, 3 block assists), three kills, a dig and a service ace.
WashU tallied a .262 hitting percentage for the match, tallying 43 kills with 15 errors in 107 attempts, while holding Greenville to a .119 clip (32 kills, 19 errors, 109 attempts). The Bears also held an 8.0 – 3.0 advantage over the Panthers in blocks.
In the first set, WashU shook off a late rally from Greenville for the 25-23 set win. The Bears swung .237, collecting 14 kills with five errors in 38 swings while holding the Panthers to .048 hitting percentage, tallying 11 kills with nine errors on 42 attempts.
After a 16-all tie in the second set, WashU closed out the set on an 8-5 run. The Bears capitalized on three putaways by Bach, two kills and an ace by freshman Alaina Bohrer and multiple Panther service errors.
Bears came out a bit slow offensively in the third set, working hard to take a 17-16 lead and force a Panthers' timeout. WashU continued to methodically increase their lead for the set and match victory, picking up points on three kills from Lorenz, two on putaways from Bach, as well as huge block assists from Lorenz, senior Hannah Turner and junior Tricia Brown.
WashU opens the 2019 University Athletic Association Volleyball Tournament with a quarterfinal match up against Case Western Reserve at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8 at the Ratner Athletics Center in Chicago, Ill.