Just like many other Wash. U. students, the Bears traveled to Chicago, Ill. over fall break. Instead of taking pictures of the Chicago Bean, however, the volleyball team matched up with four UAA rivals, including two heavyweight bouts with ranked opposition.
While most Washington University students are taking a quick recess home, catching up on Netflix or sleeping off midterms, the Red and Green sports teams will continue to push towards the playoffs during fall break.
Men’s soccer took on a conference foe, the golf team traveled to Ohio and while fall WILD was taking place in Brookings, swimming and diving and volleyball both hosted competitions.
On the one hand, the Bears picked up two wins against conference rivals. On the other, Wash. U. fell short in their biggest match of the weekend against tenth-ranked Carnegie Mellon University.
Coming off a 3-0 win against Heidelberg University in the second match of a Friday evening doubleheader, the Washington University volleyball team was unable to break down a tough No. 3 Wittenberg University.
Because Washington University has historically had one of the most successful athletic programs in Division III, it is generally not difficult for the Bears to schedule top opposition. It is not often, however, that three separate Wash. U. teams face highly ranked competitors on the same weekend this early in season.
Volleyball picked up three wins and a loss in a return to Oshkosh, WI.
Wash. U. entered last year’s tournament ranked outside of the top 10 but ripped through to the title game. This season, the Bears begin as the No. 3 team in the nation, and are dead set on a return to the big stage
Pulling upset after upset and riding a suddenly fierce offense, the Washington University volleyball team’s improbable run in the NCAA tournament finally came to an end on their final night in Oshkosh, Wis.
It’s been six years since the Washington University volleyball team last made it to the NCAA tournament’s final weekend. Six years, 161 wins, 7,227 kills and five unsuccessful postseason runs; all in search of an 11th championship banner to hang from the Field House rafters.