NYU Volleyball Defeat WashU in Four Sets in Matchup of Nationally Ranked Teams

NYU Volleyball Defeat WashU in Four Sets in Matchup of Nationally Ranked Teams

From NYU Athletics

After splitting the first day of University Athletic Association (UAA) Round Robin #1, New York University's 10th-ranked women's volleyball team defeated 12th-ranked Washington University in St. Louis, 3-1, on Sunday in Cleveland.

The Violets, who won 25-16, 22-25, 25-22, 25-15, are now 12-2 on the season and 2-1 in Association play.

"This weekend the team did a very good job of persevering," said Head Coach Andrew Brown. "Day one we opened UAA play at a very high level. In the second match, a very talented and veteran CWRU was the aggressor and had us on our heels early. Today, after resetting and focusing on our NYU brand of volleyball, our team came out strong and ready to work hard for every point."

Today's victory saw NYU out-hit WashU .209-.074 as three Violets recorded double-digit kills: Grace Nelson (14), Camille Nazor (13) and Haley Holz (11). The Violets' block limited WashU's hitters as NYU totaled 14.0 blocks as a team compared to the Bears' 7.0.

"Our block did a really good job of putting pressure on WashU's attackers and our serve made their passers uncomfortable," Brown added. "Anytime you leave a UAA weekend with two or more wins, it's a successful outing."

The match began neck-and-neck as NYU led 16-14 in the first before closing the frame on a 9-2 run to take the opener. Set two was closely contested throughout, featuring 11 ties and six lead changes, but WashU managed a 25-22 win to even the match.

The third was also competitive, but a close result went in NYU's favor this time. Nelson, Nazor and Holz had four kills apiece in the set as the Violets picked up their own 25-22 victory to regain the momentum. NYU never trailed in the fourth and held the Bears to -.100 hitting in the period to run away with a 25-15 win and end the weekend on a high note.

Nelson added six digs, four total blocks and two aces to her team high in kills. Nazor contributed six total blocks and five digs while Holz had seven digs on top of her scoring output.

Elise Curtin produced seven kills and eight total blocks, Lindsey Hirano finished with a match-high 29 digs, Ava Launsbach notched 21 assists and nine digs and Dominique Drust posted a 21-assist, 12-dig double-double.