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.
Some things in life are certainties—death, taxes and a five-setter against Emory. This weekend was a painful remind of the latter for the Washington University volleyball team.
The Washington University volleyball team posted its best offensive performance in six years on Saturday, and in a weekend marred by defensive inconsistency, the Bears needed every kill.
By the rankings, the University Athletic Association has the deepest crop of volleyball teams in Division III. With four UAA teams ranked in the top 25 in the country this season, the most of any conference, gone are the days when Washington University could sweep through its conference schedule with ease.
In the end, it was the highest-ranked opponent that proved the easiest test for Washington University’s volleyball team. During a weekend that saw parity among the fraternity of top-ranked teams, No. 6 Wash. U. used a resounding three-set victory over No. 2 Calvin College to stake its claim as one of the country’s leading contenders for the Division III title.
It wasn’t easy going, but the Washington University volleyball team survived an upset scare and maintained its perfect record through another weekend.