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.
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.