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.
e No. 16 Bears defeated the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in four sets, 24-26, 25-15, 25-21, 25-10 Saturday night in Whitewater to advance to the NCAA tournament Elite Eight for the first time since 2010.
The No. 14-ranked Washington University volleyball team was unable to topple No. 8 Emory in the conference tournament last Friday, but they’ll get another crack against the nation’s best during the regional rounds of the NCAA tournament this weekend in Whitewater, Wis.
Hosting the conference championship tournament this weekend, the Washington University volleyball team found itself on alternating ends of two dramatic, but unsuccessful, two-set comebacks.
It was supposed to be an easy tune-up game before conference tournament play, but when the Blue Jays stole the first two sets, the streaking Bears, who had just swept No. 3 Wittenberg University, were forced to the ropes. As if waiting for the added drama, the Red and Green responded, hitting .393 as a team in the final three sets, taking three and four with force en route to the victory 18-25, 24-26, 25-9, 25-8, 15-11 victory.
With the Washington University volleyball team already up two sets to zero, sophomore Ifeoma Ufondu went up for a kill against Wittenberg University, only to have it stuffed by a pair of blockers at the net. Without missing a beat, she volleyed the ricochet over the net and into open court, behind the surprised Tigers defenders.
As the end of the regular season quickly approaches, Washington University volleyball is in a position to enter the playoffs either through the conference’s automatic bid or by the grace of an at-large bid, thanks to the team’s No. 16 national ranking.
The Washington University volleyball team beat No. 16 Carnegie Mellon University in four sets to kick off its first University Athletic Association round robin of the season Saturday in Pittsburgh, Pa.
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.