ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The 10th-ranked University of Chicago volleyball team had little trouble in its opening round of the University Athletic Association Championship, as the Maroons downed host Rochester 3-1 to open play Friday.
The second-seeded Maroons (27-3, 7-1) defeated the seventh-seed Yellowjackets (23-10, 1-7) by scores of 25-18, 25-14, 21-25, and 25-15 to advance to Friday's semifinals, where UChicago will face No. 3-seed Washington University - St. Louis.
That match is set for 3 p.m. CT in Rochester's Louis Alexander Palestra.
The winner of that match will advance to Saturday's 12 p.m. CT championship, while the loser will play in the third-place match Saturday at 9 a.m.
Sophomore setter Emma Griffith dished out 44 assists and added 12 digs and both Sarah Muisenga (11 digs) and Madison Pearson had nine kills each. Rookie Temilade Adekoya added 11 digs and Katherine Wilson had nine, while Audra Berg chipped in three block assists and a solo block to aid the Maroon defense.
The Maroons never trailed in the first set, and built a 17-12 lead before Muisenga and Berg's block sealed the game point at 25-18. In Set 2, it was all UChicago, as the Maroons hit for a .424 attack percentage en route to a 16-5 start.
The host Yellowjackets didn't give in, staying alive to take Set 3, but the Maroons regrouped in the fourth and final set, never trailing to cement the victory.
Allie DeRubertis and Clara Martinez had 10 kills each for Rochester, who also got 31 assists from Beth Ghyzel. Sarah Apanavicius added 16 digs.
- Friday, Nov. 2: UChicago vs. Washington University - St. Louis, 3 p.m. CT (UAA Semifinals at Rochester, N.Y.)