Wash. U. gets to UAA title match
Bears knock off two opponents Friday to set up match with Emory
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- No. 3 Washington-St. Louis advanced to the 2011 University Athletic Association Championship match with a pair of sweeps against Carnegie Mellon and No. 16 Chicago on Friday afternoon in New York, N.Y.
Washington-St. Louis (31-1, 8-1 UAA) opened the day with a 25-10, 25-13, 25-19 win against Carnegie Mellon, and then followed with a 25-15, 25-20, 25-11 win against Chicago in the nightcap. The Bears will take on No. 2 Emory on Saturday at 1 p.m. (ET) in the finals. The Eagles ousted Brandeis (25-22, 25-18, 25-11) and Case Western Reserve (25-18, 25-15, 25-16) in its two matches on Friday.
Senior Lauren Budde recorded a game-high 12 kills and hit .400 (12-2-25) in the opening round win against Carnegie Mellon. Sophomore Kaia Schwartz added nine kills and hit .667 (9-1-12), while sophomore Meghan Byrne had eight kills and eight digs. Washington U. hit .351 (46-12-97) in the victory, and limited CMU to a .097 (24-15-93) clip.
Washington U. hit a blistering .415 (43-9-82) in the straight-set win over Chicago. Junior Drew Hargrave (12-2-24, .417) and Budde (11-2-16, .562)) each recorded double figures kill in the win, Washington U.’s seventh straight. With 23 kills on Friday, Budde moved past Chris Becker (1984-87) into 10th place on the all-time WUSTL list with 1,252.
Junior Marilee Fisher dished out 34 assists in the win against Chicago, and eclipsed 1,000 assists for the third-straight season. Fisher has recorded 3,329 career assists, which is sixth on the all-time list. Junior Kelly Pang added 14 digs and now has 1,753 for her career, second most in school history.
Washington University is 275-11 (.962) all-time in UAA play, and will be vying for its conference-record 20th UAA title. Emory and Washington U. are facing off in the UAA title match for the eighth-straight year and for the 13th time in school history. The Eagles have won the last two UAA titles, and have defeated Washington U. three consecutive times dating back to last season.