The Spartans played two matches and won six straight sets last weekend in Wooster, Ohio. They played two teams, one from Denison University and one from the College of Wooster. Case Western Reserve University seemed impossible to defeat as the games went on, leaving both opponents scrambling for answers. Every time either of the Spartans’ foes thought they had a chance, CWRU changed it up and regained control.
The first game played in Wooster this weekend was against Denison University on Saturday, Oct. 29. After having played this team already this season, the Spartans had a game plan, and they executed it better than they could have hoped for. The first set went to CWRU 25-17, and the Spartans were victorious in the next two sets 25-19.
Denison’s every attempt and every run was stifled by the Spartan offense. First-year outside hitter Brianna Lemon led the team in kills with 10, and she also led the team in digs with 11. The entire team was focused and ready for anything, and it paid off.
After defeating Denison University, the Spartans played against the College of Wooster.
The first set was not even close, with CWRU emerging 25-14. In the next set, things were much closer than at any other point in the weekend. However, Wooster still fell 25-22 and the Spartans were up two sets to zero. CWRU regrouped and widened the gap in set three, winning 25-18, therefore winning the match.
CWRU may have been slightly less consistent against Wooster, but they were nonetheless unstoppable. Keeping up this season’s trend, Lemon lead her team with 16 kills during the match, and second-year libero Karina Bondelid kept her team safe with 14 digs, a team-high.
The team’s season is coming to an end with the Spartans sitting on a 20-8 record. To conclude the season, they will play in the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship Tournament in St. Louis, Missouri on Nov. 4 and 5.
The Spartans are the sixth seed in the tournament, after finishing the year 2-5 in conference play. Washington University in St. Louis, the three seed and host, will be the team’s first opponent in the tournament with the team’s other two opponents to be determined by the results of other matches. Despite struggling in UAA play, look for CWRU to try to make some noise in the tournament, where anything and everything can happen.