No. 19 WashU Wraps Up Regular Season Finale with 3-0 Win

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

St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 31, 2017 – The No. 19-ranked Washington University in St. Louis volleyball team defeated Greenville University 3-0 during the Green Dot match to help raise awareness for violence intolerance and bystander intervention Tuesday evening at the WU Field House.

The Bears improved to 21-9 while Greenville fell to 24-7 as WashU totaled more kills (41-21) while tallying less errors (21-24) than the Panthers. The Red & Green snapped a three-match skid by winning 25-18, 26-24 and 25-17. WashU remained undefeated against Greenville during head coach Vanessa Walby's tenure, 7-0, and improved to 18-12 in all-time meetings.

Junior Ifeoma Ufondu led the match with 11 kills while also contributing nine digs. The Bears middle hitters – junior Julianne Malek (.438) and sophomore Leila King (.429) posted the matches only hitting percentages above .200 as the pair finished with eight kills apiece.

Sophomore Zoe Baxter extended her streak to 10 straight matches of double-digit dig totals as she concluded the match with 17. She has exceeded double figure digs in all but one contest this season. Ufondu and Malek combined for five block assists while King added four total blocks including one solo.

WashU got off to a quick start in the opening set as it built a 5-0 lead behind the service of freshman Tricia Brown but the Panthers fought back to even the score at 15-all with a 6-0 run forcing a Bears timeout. The Red & Green responded with a 6-0 run of its own to take back control once again behind the service of Brown paired in with kills from Ufondu and Malek who combined for seven in the Bears 25-18 first set victory.

Sophomore setter Chloe Stile gave the Bears a quick lead in the second set as she totaled four consecutive service aces. The Panthers used a 4-0 run to take a 17-16 lead but WashU responded with a 10-7 run to claim the second set 26-24 on an ace by freshman setter Kirby Knapp.

The Bears and Panthers traded single points back and forth in the third set until WashU scored five consecutive points which included three consecutive blocks by Malek, freshman Rachel Rhyner and Ufondu to take a 13-8 lead. Greenville rallied to within a single point twice following the Bears 13-8 lead but WashU pulled away by scoring nine of the final 11 points. Brown and Ufondu each totaled four kills in the final set while King and Malek contributed three apiece.

Next up for the Bears is the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships hosted by Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. over the weekend. WashU earned the second seed in the tournament and will face seventh seeded New York University in the quarterfinals on Friday, Nov. 3 at 12 p.m. (ET). Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.