CHICAGO – Senior outside hitter Drew Hargrave became the 22nd player in school history notch 1,000 career kills, tallying nine, as No. 1 Washington-St. Louis earned a 3-0 win (25-15, 25-17, 25-21) against Case Western Reserve at the University Athletic Association (UAA) Round Robin on Sunday.
In the second set, Hargrave hammered her ninth kill of the match, bringing her career total to 1,000 and giving the Bears a 16-10 lead.
A kill by senior setter Marilee Fisher gave the Bears a 10-4 lead in the first set. Washington U. maintained a four- to five-point cushion for the next several points before scoring the final five points to take the 25-15 win.
In the second set, the Bears again jumped out to a 10-4 lead and extended it to eight points (18-10) on a kill by freshman outside hitter Nkiru Udenze. The Spartans closed to within four points (20-16), but Washington U. closed the set with a 5-1 run to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
The Bears appeared to be rolling to the third-set win, taking a commanding 20-9 lead on a kill by sophomore right-side hitter Lindsay Juriga. Case Western Reserve rallied to make it a three-point deficit (24-21), but a kill by junior middle hitter Emily Tulloch gave the Bears the 25-21 win and ended the match.
Tulloch and Udenze led Washington U. with 11 kills each in the match, while Hargrave finished with nine. Fisher tallied a team-high 27 assists and freshman setter Cassie Wang added 10. Senior libero Kelly Pang anchored the Bears’ defense with 20 digs, and freshman defensive specialist Anna Bryniarski recorded 12 digs.