In the face of adversity, as head coach Pat Juckem said, “our guys haven’t flinched.”
Riding sharp shooting and strong performances from their centerpieces, the Bears improved to 12-8 on the season.
“In my eyes, we have absolutely no reason not to be the favorites moving forward,” senior Justin Hardy said.
The Bears fell in the first round to Carnegie Mellon University, putting them in the consolation bracket and defeating any hopes of making the NCAA tournament.
The two games moved the Bears to 13-1-1 on the season and dropped them from the third spot in the rankings.
Playoffs are on the horizon and some teams may even contend for top seeds.
The Bears beat defeated Case Western Reserve University and Carnegie Mellon University this weekend and remain tied for first place in the UAA.
Washington University Basketball had a big weekend. Both the men’s and women’s teams came away with UAA wins.
The playoff fate of the Washington University volleyball team now rests with the NCAA tournament selection committee. After sweeping Case Western Reserve University in the first round of the University Athletic Association tournament, the Bears could not beat No. 1 Emory University on Friday afternoon to advance to the UAA title match and vie for an automatic bid to the tournament.
At first it seemed as if the Bears were destined for their fifth straight loss. The Bears stormed back against Carnegie Mellon, scoring three goals to win, 3-1, snapping a four-game losing streak that extended back to Oct. 12. They then added another victory on Sunday, beating Case Western Reserve University, 2-0, to clinch their first winning season since 2016 as they advanced to 8-6-1 with one game remaining.
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