No. 13 WashU Heads Across Town for Tues. Night Showdown

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

St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 17, 2017 - The No. 13-ranked Washington University in St. Louis volleyball team travels across town for its lone contest of the week against Webster University on Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Grant Gymnasium.

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THIS WEEK'S COMPETITION - WashU (18-6 Overall, 6-1 UAA) enters the week as the No. 13 ranked team in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division III poll. The Bears will travel across town on Tuesday, Oct. 17 to face Webster University (16-7).

NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK - Julianne Malek was named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division III National Player of the Week as well as the University Athletic Association (UAA) Athlete of the Week on Tuesday, Oct. 17. In total, Malek tallied 42 kills with a team leading .402 hitting percentage while averaging a team best 3.23 kills per set in helping the Bears to their second straight 4-0 weekend while clinching the second seed in the UAA Championships.

EIGHT MATCH WIN STREAK - The Bears extended their winning streak to a season-high eight matches as they completed a 4-0 weekend during the UAA Round Robin #2 which included victories over No. 4 Emory University and No. 13 University of Chicago. The weekend prior, WashU posted a 4-0 record at home during the Active Ankle Invitational.

STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE - WashU's strength of schedule determined by opponent's cumulative winning percentage ranks 18th in all of Division III, as the Bears past and future opponents possess have a .644 percentage. On the season WashU boasts a 4-2 record in matches against AVCA Top-25 programs.

SHIFTS WITHIN THE UAA - The UAA has four teams within the latest AVCA Top-25 poll. No. 6 Carnegie Mellon clinched the top seed for the UAA Championships with a 6-1 conference record. The Tartans held a tiebreaker with WashU in head-to-head competition. WashU moved up seven spots to No. 13 while Emory dropped to No. 10 and Chicago to No. 17.

TEAM STATS - WashU leads the UAA in multiple categories, including total kills (1,178), service aces (177) and total blocks (172.5).

DEFENSIVE BEARS - Sophomores Zoe Baxter and Leila King were named to the Active Ankle All-Tournament on Oct. 7 and the tandem has excelled defensively for the Bears all season long. Baxter has recorded double figure dig totals in 23 of 24 matches played this season while King leads the UAA in total blocks (76). Baxter's dig total of 390 ranks third in the UAA. 

EXTREMELY EFFICIENT - Junior Julianne Malek ranks third in NCAA Division III in hitting percentage, with a success rate of .415. On the season, she has 233 kills with 40 errors in 465 attempts. Junior Ifeoma Ufondu leads the team with 257 kills, while Malek leads the Bears in service aces with 33.

• PACING THE ATTACK - WashU has 1,070 assists on the season which ranks third in the UAA. The Bears have featured three setters this season in sophomore Chloe Stile and freshmen Kirby Knapp and Alison Almgren-Bell. Stile stepped up for WashU during the UAA Round Robin #2, posting 155 assists including a season-high 51 assists against Chicago. She also totaled 28 digs and nine kills.