The No. 2 volleyball team set a new Division III record for consecutive set victories in a 3-0 win over Lindenwood University at the Washington University Invitational Oct. 8.
The Bears also picked up a 3-0 win over Culver-Stockton College in the WU Invitational finale to improve to 21-0 overall and a perfect 63-0 in sets. The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh established the previous Division III record of 57-straight sets during the 2007 season.
WUSTL’s school record of 48 straight sets stood for 15 years after being set during the 1996 season. The Bears achieved the new school record with a sweep of New York University Oct. 2 at the first University Athletic Association (UAA) round robin.
The record was officially broken with the 25-13 opening set victory over Lindenwood. After winning the first two sets against Culver-Stockton the Bears’ consecutive set streak nearly came to an end in the third, but WUSTL survived four-straight Culver-Stockton shots at set point to rally all the way back for a 26-24 win, marking only the second time this season the Bears have seen a set last longer than 25 points.
Senior middle hitter Lauren Budde, junior setter Marilee Fisher and sophomore middle hitter Kaia Schwartz were each named to the Washington University Invitational All-Tournament Team.
Budde led the Bears with 42 kills while hitting .316, Fisher paced the offense with 77 assists to go along with 11 kills and 14 digs, and Schwartz hit an astounding .550 with 24 kills and a team high eight total blocks.
WUSTL (21-0) returns to action next weekend when it will travel to Rochester, N.Y. on Oct. 15-16 for the second UAA round robin of the season.
Women’s golf wins invitational
The women’s golf team wrapped up its fall season by winning the Pat Clouse Invitational Oct. 8-9, at the Windy Knoll Golf Club in Springfield, Ohio.
No. 3 WUSTL shot a two-day total of 610 (304-306) to win the team championship by 23 strokes over No. 2 DePauw University (316-317, 633). No. 25 and host Wittenberg University (309-333, 642), No. 9 Allegheny College (325-321, 646) and NAIA No. 22 Walsh University (324-325, 649) rounded out the top-five.
Freshman Olivia Lugar captured the individual championship with a two-day score of 147 (73-74). Lugar, who entered the weekend ranked No. 1 in Division III with a 74.13 average, won her fourth tournament title in her rookie season. Junior Hannah Buck (73-78) and freshman Taylor Fagan (756-76) each fired a two-day total of 151 to tie for third place. Sophomores Allyson Chee (83-79, 162, 16th place) and Andrea Hibbert (86-78, 164, 23rd place) each improved on day one as all five starters fired sub-par rounds on day two.
The team opens its 2012 spring season on March 24, 2012, at the Northern Kentucky Spring Invitational in Perry Park, Ky.
Men’s soccer picks up OT win at Emory
Senior Kevin Privalle scored his first goal of the season at an opportune time for the No. 9 men’s soccer team as his strike in double overtime lifted the Bears to a 2-1 victory at Emory University Oct. 9.
The Bears staked claim to an early lead, with senior Patrick McLean netting his team-leading sixth goal of the season in the 16th minute. From that point the Eagles took control of the game offensively, finishing with a 26-7 advantage in shots, 7-4 in shots on goal and 7-1 in corner kicks.
Despite the disparity in scoring opportunities Emory did not get on the scoreboard until the 70th minute, when Andrew Natalino tied the score at 1-1 by converting a penalty kick.
WUSTL sophomore goalkeeper Jonathan Jebson made four saves down the stretch, including three in the first overtime period, to keep the Bears in the game. Less than four minutes into the second overtime McLean sent a cross to Privalle who buried the game-winner — the third-game winning goal of his career.
WUSTL continues its three-game UAA road trip Friday, Oct. 14 at defending UAA champion New York University.
Winning streak snapped for women’s soccer
The No. 9 women’s soccer team had its five-game winning streak snapped with a 1-0 loss at No. 6 Emory University Oct. 9.
Emory outshot WUSTL 18-11 for the contest while each team took two corner kicks.
The Bears posted a 4-1 win over Webster University Oct. 6, in a non-conference game. Senior forward Emma Brown scored a pair of second-half goals in the victory. Sophomore Lauren Steimle and sophomore Jen Reed also scored for the Bears.
WUSTL (11-2, 1-1 UAA) continues its four-game road trip with a pair of conference games next weekend on the East Coast.
Football loses to Wabash
The football team suffered a 24-3 loss at No. 12 Wabash College Oct. 8.
Junior kicker Eric Chalifour booted a 33-yard field goal with 3.3 seconds left in the second quarter for the Bears’ lone score of the game.
Junior quarterback Dan Burkett was 18-of-39 for 190 yards through the air and was sacked three times. He also rushed for a team-high 49 yards on eight carries.
The WUSTL defense allowed 300 yards of total offense (199-passing; 101-rushing), and limited the Little Giants to 3-of-12 on third down. Senior Nick Hillard led the defensive unit with 10 tackles.
Swimming & Diving competes at Show-Me Showdown
The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams competed at the University of Missouri Show-Me Showdown Oct. 8, an annual early-season meet that showcases swimming and diving squads from across the state of Missouri that compete at all three NCAA divisions and the NAIA.
The women’s team turned in three top-10 performances in relay events. Freshman Jennifer Tartavull, sophomore Chi Pham, junior Veronica Tse and sophomore Allison Siegel placed seventh in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:41.64. Pham, senior Catherine Rafferty-Millett, sophomore Grace Murray and Tartavull turned in a time of 1:53.64 to come in 8th in the 200-medley relay, and the team of Pham, Siegel, senior Amy Vanlishout and Tse placed ninth in the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:44.34.
On the men’s side, the Bears saw a pair of ninth-place relay swims. In the 200-medley relay sophomore Jason Wan, sophomore Brian Carpenter, junior Brendan Morin and junior Mark Minowitz turned in a time of 1:37.57, and Morin, freshman Peter Qin, Wan and Minowitz finished the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:28.99.
In individual races, Pham grabbed seventh place in the 75-yard butterfly (43.39) and placed 12th in the 300-yard individual medley (3:29.35). Morin recorded a top-10 finish in the men’s 75-yard butterfly, finishing in eighth in 37.89.
Both teams teams return to action at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, when they host DePauw University for a dual meet at the Millstone Pool.