Sports update Sept. 4: Volleyball opens season with six wins

The second-ranked volleyball team swept its first six opponents over the weekend to get off to a 6-0 start to the season.

The Bears topped Fontbonne University (25-13, 25-15, 25-15) and William Woods University (25-9, 25-15, 25-21) in a pair of matches Aug. 31.

WUSTL claimed the team title at the Labor Day Classic by winning all four of its matches Sept. 1 and 2 at the Field House. The Bears beat Eureka College (25-6, 25-5, 25-14) and DePauw University (25-21, 25-19, 25-12) on Saturday and defeated Cornell College (25-15, 25-14, 25-14) and Dominican University (25-19, 25-13, 25-19) in Sunday’s action.

Senior setter Marilee Fisher, senior libero Kelly Pang and junior middle hitter Emily Tulloch were each named to the all-tournament team for WUSTL. Pang had a huge weekend for the Bears, recording 98 digs and 17 ace serves. Senior outside hitter Drew Hargrave had a team-best 45 kills, and Fisher tallied 143 assists in the six matches.

The Bears continue their 10-match homestand by hosting the Washington University/ASICS National Invitational Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7 and 8, at the Field House. All of the WUSTL matches will be streamed live on Bears TV at

Women’s golf wins tournament championship in Wisconsin

The No. 5 ranked women’s golf team had three players break 80 on Day 2 as the Bears vaulted from fifth place to first to capture the Doug Georgianni Memorial Invite in Eau Claire, Wis., Sept. 1 and 2.

After firing a 331 (+43) on Day 1, WUSTL rebounded with a 315 (+23) on Day 2 as the Bears outlasted Day 1 leader and No. 8-ranked Gustavus Adolphus College by two strokes (324-324, 648).

Sophomore Olivia Lugar was the individual champion after winning a scorecard playoff with Kate Engler of University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Lugar fired a 77 on Day 1 and followed with a 78 on Day 2 to finish with a 10-over 155. She claimed medalist honors after bettering Engler’s Day 2 score of 79 by one stroke.

Junior Andrea Hibbert was the story on Day 2 for the Bears. Hibbert, who shot an 89 Sept. 1 and entered Sept. 2 in a tie for 58th place, fired a 41 on the back and a 34 on the back on Sunday. Hibbert’s 75 was the low score of the tournament on Day 2. She finished the tournament in a tie for 10th place with a 164.

Freshman Connie Zhou was the third WUSTL golfer to finish in the top 10 after a two-day score of 160 (81-79). Zhou finished in eighth place in her first collegiate tournament.

WUSTL returns to action Sunday and Monday, Sept. 16 and 17, at the O’Brien National Tournament held in Notre Dame, Ind.

Women’s soccer sweeps pair of home games

The No. 9-ranked women’s soccer team posted a pair of victories at home last weekend over Alma College and Whitman College to open the season.

Junior back Kate Doyle scored the game-winning goal on a penalty kick with four minutes remaining in the 2-1 come-from-behind win over Alma Aug. 31. Doyle also added an assist on the tying goal by sophomore Anna Zambricki in the 68th minute.

Sept. 2, WUSTL broke a scoreless tie with four second-half goals en route to a 4-0 win over Whitman. The victory was the Bears’ 10th-straight at home. Junior Jessica Johnson, Zambricki, sophomore Lillie Toaspern and freshman Anna Sippel scored for WUSTL

Senior Clara Jaques picked up the win in the nets in both victories. The Bears’ defense has allowed just 15 shots and one goal in the first two games of the season.

WUSTL (2-0) wraps up its three-game homestand against Loras College Friday, Sept. 7, at 5:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on Bears TV at

Men’s soccer earns to wins in Alabama

The No. 21-ranked men’s soccer team opened its season with two wins in Birmingham, Ala., over the weekend.

Sophomore Chris Haeberle scored the lone goal in the Bears’ season-opening 1-0 win at Birmingham-Southern College Aug. 31.

Two days later, trailing 1-0, Haeberle scored the game-tying goal against Sewanee University. Freshman Connor Roach then scored his first collegiate goal in the 98th minute as WUSTL earned the 2-1 win against Sewanee in overtime.

Junior Jonathan Jebson picked up two more wins in goal for the Bears, recording five saves on the weekend.

WUSTL is scheduled to play its first home match of the season at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, against No. 15 Loras College. It will be streamed live on Bears TV at

Cross country teams take second at Early Bird Meet

The fourth-ranked men’s and women’s cross country teams each finished second to open the season at the Washington University Early Bird Meet Sept. 1. NCAA Division I Southeast Missouri State University swept the team titles at the meet.

Sophomore Lucy Cheadle won the women’s individual title for the Bears with a time of 14:21.3 on the 4K course, nearly 15 seconds faster than the runner-up. Sophomore Beatrice Gantzer (10th) and junior Lizzy Handschy (14th) also finished in the top 15 for the WUSTL women.

Junior Kevin Sparks led three WUSTL men finishing in the top 15. Sparks placed third with a time of 19:25.8 on the 6K course, while sophomores Ryan Senci (12th) and Garrett Patrick (15th) also finished in the top 15.

The men’s and women’s cross country teams next compete in the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Cross Country Challenge Friday, Sept. 14.

Football drops opener to No. 1 UW-Whitewater

No. 1-ranked University of Wisconsin-Whitewater broke open a 3-point game with 17 points in the second quarter as the three-time defending NCAA Division III national champion posted a 34-0 win at Washington University in the season opener for both teams Aug. 31.

The win was UW-Whitewater’s 46th-straight dating back to 2009, the longest active streak in college football and fourth longest all-time.

Senior H-back Trevor LaBarge was the lone bright spot for the Bears offensively, hauling in five receptions for 34 yards.

Junior linebacker Peter Lowery and sophomore linebacker Ryan Bednar each had career nights on defense, recording 11 tackles and a forced fumble. Junior defensive back Andrew Skalman added a career-high six stops and four pass break-ups.

WUSTL (0-1) next takes on Rhodes College at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, in Memphis, Tenn.