Playing deep into November is nothing new for Washington University’s volleyball team. When the Bears got formal confirmation that they would be in the field of 64 for the 2018 NCAA tournament, it was the 32nd consecutive year they received that news.
The Bears completed the first perfect regular season in school history, defeating No. 20 University of Chicago at Francis Field for their 17th victory without a loss.
The Bears suffered their first defeat on home turf to No. 4 University of Chicago Saturday at Francis Olympic Stadium, falling to 7-7-2, where their record will remain.
Though the two teams will be wearing the same colors in both games Saturday afternoon, the stakes will be very different, with the women looking to wrap up the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament and the men fighting for their playoff lives.
Down 10-18 and trailing by two sets, the Washington University volleyball team dug in and fought back, putting together a 5-1 run and closing the distance. But it wasn’t enough, as the Maroons of the University of Chicago were able to hold on to take the set and match 0-3.
The Washington University football team opened a new season Saturday at Francis Field against the University of Chicago, establishing a 1-0 record with a 24-17 victory.
It was a busy spring weekend for Washington University sports teams. Both tennis teams, the women’s golf team and the track team all played and had some impressive showings.
In their final game of their respective regular seasons, the men’s and women’s basketball teams fell to the University of Chicago.
At the ITA Indoor Championship, the Bears fell in a 5-4 decision.
UW-La Crosse is the Washington University women’s soccer team’s next hurdle. Beyond that, either University of Chicago or Wheaton College lie in wait.