Washington University’s women’s soccer team is in the midst of a run of sustained success almost unparalleled in the current Division III climate. Since 2011, the Bears have won three titles in one of the country’s most competitive conferences, they’ve placed four players on the national All-American squads and they’ve combined for a robust 88-14-4 record in that span.
Senior Allison Zastrow committed to play volleyball at Washington University in part because of the program’s prestigious history. Four years later, the setter from Lincoln, Neb., has clinched a prominent spot in the program’s all-time ranks.
First it was No. 5 Christopher Newport University, falling in a surprise five-setter on Saturday afternoon, and then a nighttime flurry, as No. 4 Calvin College and No. 2 Emory University lost in quick succession.
The Washington University volleyball team already has one title to their name this year, and the second—and bigger—trophy within reach is potentially just two weekends, and six tough tournament games, away.
As part of this year’s Bear Beginnings changes, longtime performance “Choices” was removed from orientation week. Next year’s incoming class is poised to have fewer choices for its pre-orientation schedule, too.
As the pass from the back row floated near the net, senior Allison Zastrow stutter-stepped and bounced lightly toward it, surveying the court around her.
Volleyball began shaping senior Allison Zastrow’s life even before she was born. That’s what came from having two parents with season tickets to the University of Nebraska’s top-tier program—that, and a name inspired by Nebraska star Allison Weston, who was in the process of making her way to the top of her school’s record book when Zastrow was born.
I couldn’t make it past lunchtime on Monday without visiting Grantland’s home page. Such has been my habit since the sports and pop culture site launched in June 2011—Grantland upon waking up, Grantland at lunch, Grantland while walking between classes.
Washington University head cross-country coach Jeff Stiles couldn’t hide his excitement after Saturday’s University Athletic Association (UAA) championship meet.
The Washington University soccer teams have just two weekends left to fight for the University Athletic Association crown and make their respective cases for the tournament selection committees, and this late in the season, every win, goal and shutout speaks volumes about a team’s postseason chances.