December 4, 2020

WashU Bears sweep Gorloks after close third set

The Webster University volleyball team’s set and match win streaks ended at the hands of the Washington University Bears on Wednesday, Oct. 3. The Gorloks hosted WashU — ranked No. 1 in NCAA Division III volleyball — and were swept in front of the Grant Gymnasium crowd 3-0 (25-12, 25-22, 29-27).

Before tonight’s match, the Gorloks had won their last 15 sets spanning five games. However, Webster hit a wall against nonconference opponent WashU. After the match, Webster’s record fell to 8-7 overall.

Webster may have never beat WashU, but coach Merry Graf said  the Gorloks benefit from playing the Bears.

“I told them (Webster) if they play like this the rest of the season, we’re going to have some good times,” Graf said.

The Gorloks will hit on the road on Friday, Oct. 5 to Decatur, Ill. to take on Millikin University (17-6 record). St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play will continue for Webster on Saturday, Oct. 6 with two matches at Eureka College (Ill.) — 2 p.m. against MacMurray College (Ill.) and 4 p.m. against host Eureka.

Danielle Rodgers contributed to this report.

 

Allie O'Toole, sophomore setter, sets to the outside hitter, Jenny Howard (18), in the second set of Webster's game against Washington University on Wednesday, Oct. 3 in Grant Gymnasium. PHOTO BY BRITTANY RUESS

 

 

Sophomore middle hitter, Emily Ratkewicz, and Junior right side hitter, Lindsey Taylor, attempt to block Washington University outside hitter, Nkiru Udenze. PHOTO BY BRITTANY RUESS

 

 

 

 

 

Liz Abraham, junior defensive specialist, tries to save a loose ball during the second set. PHOTO BY BRITTANY RUESS

 

 

 

 

 

Lindsey Taylor, junior right side hitter, hits the ball during the second set. Taylor scored the point for Webster. The Gorloks lost the set 25-22 against the No. 1 nationally ranked Washington University Bears. PHOTO BY BRITTANY RUESS

 

 

 

 

 

Jenny Howard, sophomore outside hitter, passes the ball in the second set of the match against the WashU Bears. PHOTO BY BRITTANY RUESS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sophomore middle hitter, Sam Kersting, hits the ball past WashU in the second set against the Bears. PHOTO BY BRITTANY RUESS

Kristen McDowell, sophomore right side hitter, expresses her emotions after tipping the ball out of bounds in the close third set against WashU. The Gorloks lost the third set 29-27. PHOTO BY BRITTANY RUESS

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