When every game for the past two weeks has been an adventure, it’s nice to have a laugher.
The Washington University volleyball team received that kind of blessing Tuesday night as they swept Greenville College in another strong defensive performance.
It was a humbling first couple weeks for the Washington University volleyball team. Sporting a young roster and their usual unforgiving schedule, the Bears struggled to beat ranked and unranked teams that they dispatched with ease in 2015.
Another weekend and the losses mount. After hobbling to 4-2 during what was arguably the easiest part of their season schedule, the Washington University Bears struggled again— suffering three definitive losses on their four-game California road-trip.
When the Washington University volleyball team faltered in a four-set loss to DePauw University, they could chalk it up to any number of reasons: rust, new rotations, plain luck.
The Washington University volleyball team will begin their season this weekend with a five-team round robin tournament at the Wash. U. Field House. The teams they’ll face—Knox College, Depauw University, Adrian College, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Edgewood College—combined for an 82-67 record last season.
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 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.
For two careers that have paralleled each other in so many ways, it seems fitting that junior outside hitter Rexi Sheredy and junior middle hitter Caroline Dupont would notch their greatest milestone to date in the same game.