Rams upset No. 3 Wash U. on opening night
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Volleyball - Sat, Sep. 2, 2017

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Let's just say Cornell's volleyball team was up to the challenge on opening night.

The Rams swept Webster, 3-0, and then stunned No. 3 nationally-ranked and reigning NCAA Division III runner-up Wash U. in four sets on its home court Friday at the Bear Invitational.  

Cornell (2-0) went into hostile territory and scored one of the biggest wins in program history, beating the host Bears 27-25, 25-21, 20-25 and 25-20. Wash U. had won over 90.0 percent of its home matches since 1985.

Libby Schnoor (SR/Camanche, Iowa) was the catalyst of the upset, slamming a career-high 22 kills with a .378 hitting percentage. She also recorded a match-high 19 digs to complete a huge double-double.

Setter Jillian Schulte (JR/Naperville, Ill.) had a strong match with 46 assists and four service aces. Newcomer Allison Eikenberry (FR/Neola, Iowa) hit .240 with 11 kills. Barbie Becker (SO/Auburn, Wash.) and Nicole Ciari (JR/San Jose, Calif.) added eight kills apiece. Amber Frazier (SO/Ely, Iowa) led the team with six blocks.

The Rams finished off Wash U. after the home team evened the score at 17-17 in the fourth set. Schnoor and Becker converted back-to-back spikes and Cornell never relinquished the lead. Becker had three kills during Cornell's match-ending spurt.

In the opening match, Cornell rolled over Webster by scores of 25-20, 25-22 and 25-14. The Rams hit .316 for the contest, led by Schnoor's 18 kills on 32 swings.

Ciari finished with 10 kills, followed by Eikenberry and Diamond Boyd (SR/Elk Grove Village, Ill.) with eight apiece. Schulte posted 35 assists, Ellie Davidson (JR/Greeley, Colo.) 12 digs. Sydney Meeker (FR/Mount Vernon, Iowa) fired three aces.

Coming up – The Rams continue tournament action Saturday with matches at 12:30 p.m. against 20th-ranked Hendrix and 2:30 p.m. against Dominican.

Final - Volleyball123F
Cornell College (1-0)2525253
Webster (0-2)2022140
St. Louis, Mo.
Cornell CollegeIndv. LeadersWebster
#2 Libby Schnoor - 18Kills #9 Grassi, Torie - 7
2 Players (#10,#17) - 2Blocks #9 Grassi, Torie - 2
#16 Ellie Davidson - 12Digs #5 Soffner, Maria - 10
#9 Sydney Meeker - 3Aces #3 Swan, Stefanie - 1
Cornell CollegeTeam StatisticsWebster
.316Hitting %: .174
3.0Blocks: 3.0
45Digs: 38
6Aces: 1
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Cornell College (2-0)272520253
WashU (1-1)252125201
St. Louis, Mo.
Cornell CollegeIndv. LeadersWashU
#2 Libby Schnoor - 22Kills 2 Players (#15,#18) - 13
#17 Amber Frazier - 6Blocks #18 Malek, Julianne - 8
#2 Libby Schnoor - 19Digs #98 Baxter, Zoe - 13
#7 Jillian Schulte - 4Aces #15 Ufondu, Ifeoma - 2
Cornell CollegeTeam StatisticsWashU
.222Hitting %: .181
7.0Blocks: 9.0
53Digs: 53
9Aces: 4