Chicago, Ill., Nov. 8, 2019 –The Washington University volleyball team split the opening day at 2019 University Athletic Association Volleyball Championship hosted by University of Chicago at Ratner Athletics Center. The third seeded Bears defeated sixth seeded Case Western Reserve, 3-0 (25-20, 25-16, 25-14). WashU advanced to take on second seeded and No. 1 Emory, but dropped a tough five set match, 3-2 (21-25, 28-26, 25-22, 17-25, 15-10).
WashU (23-8) will face fourth seeded Carnegie Mellon for third place in the UAA Championship at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, at Ratner Athletics Center.
First Match: WashU def. Case, 3-0 (25-20, 25-16, 25-14)
The Bears were paced by senior middle hitter Leila King's 15 kills, while sophomore Michaela Bach chipped in eight putaways and 10 digs. Senior Hannah Turner swung at a .500 clip tallying five putaways without an error on 10 swings, as junior setter Kirby Knapp dished out 37 assists and had nine digs, two kills and a block assist. Senior libero Zoe Baxter tallied 19 digs as junior Tricia Brown had seven putaways, two service aces and two digs.
The Bears hit at a .239 clip, tallying 46 kills with 18 errors in 117 attacks, while holding the Spartans to a .063 hitting percentage (23 kills, 17 errors, 95 attempts).
In the first set, WashU came out hot, forcing two early timeouts by Case. King had seven of the Bears' 11 putways in the frame as Knapp dished out nine assists, as the duo helped WashU to a 25-20 set win.
The Bears shook off a slow start in the second set to tie the set at 8-all before forcing their game plan on the Spartans to go up two sets to none. WashU tallied 18 kills with five errors in 36 attempts to swing at a .361 clip while holding Case to a .154 hitting percentage (7 kills, 3 errors, 26 attempts).
The Bears kept control of the match in the third set, forcing a Case timeout after a dominate kill by Turner at 10-5. King had a powerful putaway to make the set 17-11 and after that it was all WashU offensively. A putaway from Brown and back-to-back kills by Turner sealed the victory.
Second Match: Emory def. WashU, 3-2 (21-25, 28-26, 25-22, 17-25, 15-10)
Turner led the Bears with 13 kills with two errors in 32 swings to hit .312 and five total blocks, while King chipped in 11 putaways with four errors on 23 attempts for a .304 hitting percentage and eight total blocks. Brown and Bach each tallied nine kills while Knapp dished out 42 assists, seven digs, three block assists and two service aces. Baxter had 22 digs and two aces. Sophomore Caitlin Lorenz also chipped in seven kills and seven block assists.
The Bears out blocked, 15.0-4.0, and out hit the Eagles, .239 (50 kills, 16 errors, 142 attacks) to .189 (70 kills, 37 errors, 175 attacks).
WashU, still hot from their first match, stayed in control for much of the opening set. King followed a statement kill with a massive solo block to force an Emory timeout at 9-4. The Bears' would push their lead out to seven points before the Eagles chipped it away to get within two at 23-21. WashU was able to keep them at bay, picking up a kill from Lorenz and a service ace from Knapp to seal the set win.
Trading jabs in the second set, neither team could break away until Emory was able to combine a three-point swing with two kills and a service ace for the set win, 28-26.
There were 14 ties in the battle for the third set, before Emory shook off WashU's advances to take a 2-1 set lead. Emory got hot in the set, hitting .467 (18 kills, 4 errors, 30 attempts) while the Bears swung at a .241 clip (12 kills, 5 errors, 29 attempts).
In the fourth set, Bears took a 12-8 lead to force an Eagles timeout, capitalizing on three-straight Emory miscues, including a big double block by Lorenz and Turner. Washu didn't let up on Emory, tallying 12 kills with only two errors in 29 swings for a .345 hitting percentage and held the Eagles to a .061 clip (11 kills, 9 errors, 33 swings).
After the Bears tied the fifth set at 8-all on a putaway by Turner, the Eagles called a timeout, and were able to regroup offensively to close out the set and the match on a 7-2 run.