Cleveland, Ohio, Oct. 20, 2019 –The Washington University in St. Louis volleyball team dug deep and picked up two four-set University Athletic Association victories on Sunday afternoon at the UAA Round Robin #3 on the campus of Case Western Reserve University.
The Bears defeated Brandeis 3-1 (25-16, 25-16, 17-25, 25-23) in Horsburgh Gym and No. 15 Carnegie Mellon 3-1 (21-25, 25-19, 25-21, 25-15) in Veale Court.
WashU improves to 18-6 on the year and 5-2 in UAA action while Brandeis falls to 4-16 on the year and 1-5 in UAA play. Carnegie Mellon moves to 16-5 for the season and 4-3 in league play.
Match 1 – WashU def. Brandeis 3-1 (25-16, 25-16, 17-25, 25-23)
The Bears came out fast against the Judges, winning the first two sets at 25-16. WashU held serve six-straight times to close out the first set with junior Tricia Brown collecting three kills, a putaway for junior Kirby Knapp and a service ace by senior Leila King. WashU jumped out to a quick lead in the second set and didn't allow Brandeis any opportunities to extend a run past two points.
The Judges changed up the game plan and was able to take the third set, 25-17. A seven-point swing proved to be a too large of a run for the Bears to overcome. WashU regrouped for a tough fourth set, combining a kill by King with a costly Brandeis attack error to collect the set and match victory.
WashU put together a .200 hitting percentage (47 kills, 19 errors, 126 attempts) while holding Brandeis to .101 (36 kills, 22 errors, 138 attempts). The Bears also held a 13 to 9 advantage in total blocks.
Brown paced the Bears with 11 kills and 16 digs, while Knapp dished out 37 assists and had 14 digs. Senior libero Zoe Baxter chipped in 15 digs as freshman Alaina Bohrer and sophomore Michaela Bach both tallied nine kills against Brandeis.
Match 2 – WashU def. No. 15 Carnegie Mellon 3-1 (21-25, 25-19, 25-21, 25-15)
The Bears dropped a close first set to the hot swinging Tartans. Carnegie Mellon put together a .361 hitting percentage (16 kills, 3 errors, 36 attempts) as WashU swung .162 (11 kills, 5 errors, 37 attempts).
The Tartans had a six-point lead at 15-9 in the second set before the Bears used a seven-point swing to capture the momentum of the set. Bach tallied three kills in the run as Brown chipped in a putaway while Baxter collected a service ace. The Bears also capitalized on two CMU errors. WashU closed out the set with five-straight points on two CMU errors, kills by Brown and Bach and a Knapp service ace.
WashU shook off CMU's advances in the in the third set, coming up with big stops when they needed them. Early in the fourth set, two service aces from King, two kills by Brown and a CMU error during a six-point swing propelled the Bears past any of the Tartans attempts to get back in the match. WashU tallied a .394 hitting percentage in the fourth set, picking up 17 kills with four errors in 33 attempts, while holding CMU to .185 (7 kills, 2 errors, 27 attempts).
Bach had the hot hand against Carnegie Mellon for the Bears. She collected 19 kills with only two errors in 46 swings for a .370 hitting percentage, while chipping in 10 digs. King added 13 kills with three errors in 24 attempts to swing at a .417 clip, with two service aces and two block assists. Brown tallied 11 putaways and 14 digs while Knapp dished out 52 assists and had 14 digs. Baxter collected 21 digs for the Bears.
The Bears head to Bloomington, Ill., for the Holiday Inn Express Classic III on Friday, Oct. 25. WashU will face UW-Platteville at 5 p.m. before taking on Augustana (Ill.) at 7 p.m.