Atlanta, Ga., October 6, 2019 – The Washington University in St. Louis volleyball team closed the UAA Round Robin #2 with a 1-1 record on Sunday afternoon at Woodruff PE Center. WashU fell to event host #1 Emory, 3-1 (25-12, 25-18, 12-25, 25-21), but came back to sweep Rochester, 3-0 (25-14, 25-22, 25-16).
Match 1 vs. #1 Emory – L, 3-1 (25-12, 25-18, 12-25, 25-21)
The Bears (12-6, 2-2 UAA) were unable to get stops during big Emory (14-1, 4-0 UAA) runs to find themselves quickly down two sets. In the third set, it was key blocks by senior Leila King and freshman Alaina Bohrer to help the Bears to open on a 4-0 run. WashU also used a 6-0 run to put the set out of reach of the Eagles before King served the Bears to victory. Emory regrouped for the fourth, and despite WashU pressing late in the set, scoring three-straight points to get within 24-21, Emory was able to close out the set and match.
The Bears' offense was led by Bohrer's 10 kills with only two errors in 22 attempts to swing at a .364 clip. She also collected a solo block and two block assists. King chipped in seven kills, four digs and five total blocks (1 BS, 4 BA) while junior Tricia Brown tallied six kills, nine dig and three block assists. Junior setter Kirby Knapp dished out 28 assists as defensive specialist Zoe Baxter had 12 digs and four service aces.
Match #2 vs Rochester – W, 3-0 (25-14, 25-22, 25-16)
WashU (13-6, 3-2 UAA) bounced back to pick up a 3-0 win over Rochester (8-13, 0-5 UAA). The Bears shook off early pressure by the Yellowjackets with a 7-2 run in the first set on their way to pick up the first set. In the second set, WashU answered Rochester's five-point run with a six-point run to keep their small lead. Knapp fed sophomore Caitlin Lorenz for the 25-22 set victory. WashU came from behind in the third set, going from two down to up by four with a 9-3 run at 17-14. The Bears followed with another six-point run to put it out of the Yellowjackets' reach and collect the conference victory in three sets.
Sophomore Michaela Bach paced the Bears with 10 kills and six digs. Lorenz tallied seven kills and eight total blocks (1 BS, 7 BA) while junior Rachel Cheng chipped in 10 digs and three aces. Knapp and sophomore Samantha Kaiser both dished out 11 assists in the win.
WashU will host the Baden Invitational on Friday, Oct. 11 and Saturday, Oct. 12 at the WU Field House. The Bears' contest against Dallas at 7:00 p.m. on Friday is also the squad's Pink Night. On Saturday, WashU will face Lakeland at 12:00 p.m. and Monmouth (Ill.) at 2 p.m.
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