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No. 12 WashU Volleyball Sweeps Day One of the UAA Round Robin #1

No. 12 WashU Volleyball Sweeps Day One of the UAA Round Robin #1

From Washington University Athletics

The No. 12 Washington University in St. Louis volleyball team traveled to Case Western Reserve University to kick off University Athletic Association action on Saturday.

WashU swept CWRU (25-23, 25-23, 25-23) and Brandeis University (25-20, 25-17, 25-20) to race out to a 2-0 UAA record. With the pair of victories, the Bears' record now stands at 10-4. 
WashU 3, CWRU 0 
The No. 12 Bears secured statistical advantages in kills (54-42) and assists (52-42), while CWRU saw advantages in aces (3-2), blocks (6-4), and digs (52-50).  
Junior Jasmine Sells recorded her team-high ninth double-double of the season with 14 kills and 10 digs. 
Senior Lily Steinbach notched a team-high 14 kills in the sweep, while Junior Lucy Davis added 10 kills. 

Sophomore Sam Buckley welcomed a match-high 45 assists.  

Junior Elise Gilroy and first-year Ellie Laird garnered 13 and 12 assists, respectively. 
Early in the opening set, a Sells kill gave the Bears an 8-6 advantage. After an attack error from the Spartans, CWRU utilized their first timeout trailing 9-6. Later in the set, a three-point Spartan run gave the home team the 14-12 lead. After the run, head coach Vanessa Walby used her first timeout.  
Walby's timeout worked to perfection as the Bears flipped the script to grab the 18-16 cushion. The lead was manufactured with a timely four-point run. The run featured a kill by Davis, a CWRU attack error, and kills from junior Zoe Foster and Sells. With a lead in hand, WashU never relinquished the advantage. With the Bears in front by a score of 24-23, Davis deposited the set-ending kill as WashU won the first, 25-23. 
In the second, a six-point run gave the Bears a 12-6 cushion. In the run, Davis notched back-to-back kills and WashU was on the receiving end of four CWRU attack errors. With WashU in front by a tally of 22-16, the Spartans rallied for a five-point run to cut the deficit to one, 22-21. However, back-to-back Foster kills put the Bears at set point, 24-21. In the end, Sells powered the Bears to close second set victory, 25-23, with her set-ending kill. 
Looking for a sweep, the Bears found themselves in a back-and-forth start to the third. A Sells kill tied the set at 11-11. After the kill, CWRU went on a four-point run to grab the lead, 15-11. With the Spartans clinging to a two-point cushion, 20-18, WashU assembled a timely three-point run to sneak out in front by a score of 21-20. Steinbach solidified the run with a pair of kills. WashU and CWRU were later knotted at 23-23. Kills from first-year Leah Oyewole and Davis pushed the Bears past the Spartans, 25-23. 
WashU 3, Brandeis 0 
In the night cap, the Bears earned statistical advantages in kills (43-25), assists (34-23), and digs (53-38). The Bear defensive unite held the Judges to a .053 attack percentage. 
Sells welcomed her team-leading 10th double-double. Sells tallied team-highs of 10 kills and 15 digs. 
Steinbach and Davis recorded nine and eight digs, respectively.  
Buckley assembled a match-high 27 assists in the three-set sweep. 
Gilroy was credited with 13 digs, while Buckley notched seven. 
With WashU trailing by a score of 15-10 in the first, the Bears went on a four-point run to trim the deficit to just one, 15-14. WashU tied the set at 17-17 on back-to-back Brandeis attack errors. Later in the frame, clinging to a one-point cushion, 21-20, WashU finished the set with another four-point rally to grab set one, 25-20. The run saw a senior Alden Standley kill, a Sells kill, and two Brandeis errors. 
The second set saw some back-and-forth play. With WashU up one, 14-13, the Bears mounted a monumental six-point run to secure the 20-13 advantage. WashU recorded four kills in the timely run. The Bears ended the second on Standley service ace by a score of 25-17. 
Looking for their second sweep of the day, the Judges raced out to the quick 8-5 lead in the third. However, a four-point Bear rally gave WashU a slim, 9-8, lead. With the score even at 14-14, Steinbach dialed up a kill to push the Bears ahead by one, 15-14. Later in the frame, WashU welcomed a six-point run which produced a sizeable, 23-16, advantage. With the Bears at match point, Steinbach recorded a kill to give WashU their second sweep, 25-20.