Volleyball Stumbles against Chicago in UAA Match

Photo by Nathan Katz
Photo by Nathan Katz

Waltham, Mass., September 22, 2019 – Washington University in St. Louis volleyball dropped a three-set match to No. 6-ranked University of Chicago Sunday afternoon in Waltham, Mass. to conclude the opening weekend of University Athletic Association (UAA) play with a 2-1 record.

WashU fell to 11-5 on the year (2-1 UAA) while Chicago opened UAA play with a 3-0 start and improved to 13-1. The Bears hold a 41-8 record all-time against Chicago, but the Maroons have won three straight contests. WashU fell to 3-2 against Top-25 ranked programs in 2019.

Senior Leila King led the Bears with 10 kills and a .643 hitting percentage. Sophomore Caitlin Lorenz recorded four block assists but Chicago outhit WashU .325-to-.129.

First set: UC 25 – WashU 14

The Maroons dominated the first set en route to a 25-14 score. The Bears held a 2-1 advantage on a kill by freshman Alaina Bohrer but the remainder of the set was led by Chicago.

Second set: UC 25 – WashU 17

WashU held pace with the Maroons in the second set and King gave the Bears a 21-11 advantage with a kill assisted by junior Kirby Knapp.

Third set: UC 27 – WashU 25

Senior Hannah Turner tallied two kills to start the third set which gave WashU a 2-1 lead. The Bears and Maroons traded points and leads for several minutes of play. Following a 4-0 run which included two kills by King and a block by Turner and Lorenz, WashU took a 13-12 lead on a kill by sophomore Michaela Bach.

King and Turner provided kills later in the third frame to spark the Bears. Junior Tricia Brown had a service ace to tie the set at 22-all. King tied the match at 23-23 with a kill before Turner and Lorenz combined on a block to give WashU a 24-23 advantage.

Following a point by the Maroons, a service error by Chicago put the Bears ahead 25-24 but Chicago scored the final three points to claim the set 27-25 and the match 3-0.

WashU's next match will be on the road in St. Louis against Webster University on Tuesday, October 1. Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.