Volleyball Wins Battle of Big Bend

Kirby Knapp sets the ball for Caitlin Lorenz against Webster University on Oct. 1, 2019
Kirby Knapp sets the ball for Caitlin Lorenz against Webster University on Oct. 1, 2019

St. Louis, Mo., October 1, 2019 – Washington University in St. Louis shook off a slow start to pick up a 3-1 (10-25, 25-16, 25-15, 25-15) win over cross-town match up against Webster University in the Battle of Big Bend on Tuesday evening.

WashU improves to a 12-5 record on the year while Webster falls to 7-8. The Bears push their all-time series record lead to 29-0 with the four-set victory.

Sophomore Michaela Bach paced the Bears offense with a career-high 19 kills, swinging at a .333 clip (19 K – 5 E – 42 A) for the match. Junior setter Kirby Knapp tallied a season-high 48 assists in a four set match, as she also tallied her eighth double-double with a season-high 24 digs.

First set: Webster 25 – WashU 10
The Bears came out slow, only picking up seven kills (.000, 7-7-34). Sophomore Caitlin Lorenz and Bach led with two kills each. The Gorlocks hit .189 (9-2-37) and capitalized on the Bears' five reception errors.

Second set: WashU 25 – Webster 16
WashU kicked it up a gear and tallied 15 kills with five attack errors in 37 attempts to hit .270. Senior Leila King picked up a big solo block to stifle Webster's attempt to start a run. Bach picked up six more kills to push her total to eight.

Third set: WashU 25 – Webster 15
WashU had Webster scrambling, finally getting into a groove. Knapp put the pedal down and served the Bears to eight-straight points . Knapp also tallied 16 assists, connecting with Bach for six more kills.

Fourth set: WashU 25 – Webster 15
The Bears kept the pressure on the Gorlocks, opening up the set on a 5-0 run. Webster battled back to tie the match at 10-all, but WashU quieted their offense answering with an 8-0 run.

Up Next:
WashU heads to Atlanta, Ga. for the University Athletic Association Round Robin #2, hosted by Emory on Sunday, October 6. The Bears will face #1 Emory at 12 p.m. (ET) and Rochester (N.Y.) at 2 p.m. (ET).

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