Senior right side Nikki Morrison was a perfect 3-for-3 in that first set and senior outside hitters Alli Alberts and Ali Crouch each recorded a pair of kills apiece. The Bears hit .450 in the first set, while Frostburg hit -.054.
Frostburg State, who earned an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament as the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Champions, could not get on track in the second set, and Washington University surged to a 2-0 lead in the match with a 25-13 win. Albers was the big hitter for the Red and Green in the second frame, recording a team-high four kills.
As a team Washington U. tallied 13 kills to Frostburg’s six in the second set, and the Bears hit .435 in the win compared to the Bobcats’ .000 team-attack percentage.
Frostburg State came out strong in the third set, staking claim to an early 7-5 lead. However, back-to-back kills from Albers and Crouch pushed the Bears back in front and they never relinquished their lead, using a 13-2 run to put the match out of reach.
Morrison finished the match with a team-high .562 hitting percentage and Washington University hit .347 as a team in the win. Albers notched nine kills, hitting .250, and Crouch tallied six kills. Senior setter Audra Janak had 30 assists to go along with five digs and a pair of kills, and WU junior libero Laura Brazeal led all players with 16 digs. Frostburg’s Brooke Winterling paced all players with 12 kills, but the Bobcats hit just .000 as a team in the loss.
Washington U. (31-6) will return to action on Friday, Nov. 14, when it will face the No. 5 seed College of Mount St. Joseph in the Great Lakes Region semifinal match at 4:30 p.m. (ET). The College of Mount St. Joseph (29-10) won the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference title to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, and advanced to the regional semifinal with a 3-0 win over the No. 4 seeded Washington & Lee University Generals on Thursday afternoon.