Spartans unable to capitalize on UAA success

Volleyball has highs and lows over past six games

JP. O’Hagan, Sports Editor

The Case Western Volleyball team returned from an excellent showing at second UAA round robin tournament to drop both local games, losing to Oberlin University and Heidelberg University last week.

The Spartans won three of their four matches in the UAA tournament opening with a pair of victories on the first day of play. The Case squad swept Brandeis University and defeated the University of Chicago’s volleyball team, registering a pair of victories on day one of the 2014 University Athletic Association Round Robin No. 2, defeating Brandeis University in three and the University of Chicago in four. The Spartans followed this with a loss to No. 7 in the nation Washington University in St. Louis and a win over New York University, before dropping matches to Oberlin and Heidelberg.

The Spartans kicked off the tournament with sweep of Brandeis with 25-16, 25-17 and 25-10 victories. Marian Barton led nine Spartans who recorded kills in the match with seven kills of her own, and Lauren Gurd and Jessica Justice split setting duty with nine and eight assists, respectively.

Against the University of Chicago, the Spartans needed a four sets to secure a victory winning 25-21, 20-25, 25-19 and 25-14. Justice posted 19 assists and 10 digs, while junior outside hitter Katie Best recorded 10 assists and 19 digs of her own. Fellow junior outside hitter Carolyn Bogart led the team with 12 kills and posted 16 digs of her own.

The Spartans managed to steal a set from the nationally ranked Washington University Bears. The Spartans fell by scores of 25-7, 25-16 and 25-16.

Against the New York University Violets, the Spartans turned things around with victories of 25-22, 25-18, 19-25 and 25-21.

Best and Bogart each posted double doubles in the New York match with 16 digs and 11 kills, and 11 digs and 11 kills, respectively. Justice and Gurd shared the setting again as they posted 23 and 17 assists respectfully.

Upon returning to Ohio, the Case squad went on the road to host Oberlin College in four sets. The Spartans dropped their sets by scores of 25-21, 16-25, 25-14 and 26-24. It was the first loss against Oberlin since 2008, having won the past eight matchups.

Against Heidelberg, the Spartans were unable to win a single match and Case lost their second straight game, to fall to 15-10 on the season. The Student Princes held back the Spartans sweeping the match by scores of
25-14, 25-14 and 25-19.

The Spartans return to the court on Saturday, Nov. 1 with matches against Denison University and The College of Wooster. The action will start at noon with both matches being played in Wooster.