In the championship game, Bruns had 19 kills. Brown had seven blocks. Bridget Doherty had 26 assists. Margo Wolf had 21 digs.
The Flyers trailed 9-6 and 10-7 in the fifth set before rallying, ending the match with a 4-1 run after the set was tied 11-11. A kill by Westbeld, a redshirt sophomore from Fairmont High School, clinched the victory. A year earlier in the championship, Dayton led 13-12 in the fifth set by gave up the last three points.
Dayton was the No. 2 seed in the tournament. VCU was the host and top seed. Dayton lost 3-1 at home to VCU on Sept. 30 in the regular season and also lost 3-2 at VCU on Oct. 26. The Flyers reached the final by beating La Salle 3-1 on Saturday in Richmond.