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Volleyball sweeps at CWRU Quad 3-0

Courtesy of Tim Phillis/CWRU Athletics
Second-year middle blocker Amanda Ngo contributes to the first set win of CWRU’s volleyball team against Averett University during a CWRU Quad game on Sept. 7.

This past weekend, the Case Western Reserve University volleyball team hosted four universities at the CWRU Quad, a two-day event where the teams played each other in tournament style. The Spartans came away with three wins, defeating Averett University, Allegheny College and Defiance College all 3-0.

The event kicked off on Friday, Sept. 8 as the Spartans played Averett. CWRU went on a 10-0 run in the opening set and maintained a strong lead for the rest of it. Though Averett cut the lead to 17-12, the Spartans eventually finished it off 25-20 from a block by second-year middle blocker Amanda Ngo and third-year outside hitter Rea Marfatia.

In the second set, Averett took a quick 3-1 advantage, hoping for a different outcome than the first set. However, the Spartans came roaring back, scoring 10 of the next 12 points to seize an 11-5 lead. Averett didn’t back down, responding with a 9-1 run for a two-point lead. After going on a 6-1 run, the Spartans finished off the set 25-20 with a service ace from fourth-year defensive specialist Alyssa Blessinger and kills from fourth-year middle blocker Jennifer Ngo, third-year setter/right side hitter Carly Scott and fourth-year setter Ansley Yamaato.

The final set was the most competitive, with four lead changes and seven ties. Toward the end of the set, Averett stretched their lead to 20-16. Amanda Ngo countered with a kill, but Averett took three more points, coming within one of forcing a fourth set. First-year outside hitter Emily Goodpaster made a kill and a service ace, keeping the set alive. A kill from Marfatia and then a forced attacking error allowed CWRU to win set 26-24 to finish the game.

Jennifer Ngo led the team with 10 kills and 3 block assists while Marfatia recorded a team-high 14 digs and 8 kills. Amanda Ngo added 7 kills, 6 block assists and 9 digs, Scott had 16 assists and Yamaato added 15 assists.

On Saturday, CWRU opened their first match of two for the day with an 8-8 tie in the opening set against Allegheny. The Spartans slowly pushed their lead to 6 points, finishing the set off a kill from Jennifer Ngo for the 25-21 win.

Allegheny owned most of the second set and took a 19-16 lead. Things were looking difficult for CWRU, but the team surged back with six straight points, taking a 22-19 lead. Jennifer Ngo again clinched the set with a kill to win it 25-23.

CWRU never trailed in the third set, taking their biggest lead of the set 19-13. Allegheny tried to respond and cut their deficit to three, but CWRU finished off the set 25-19 to win the game.

Jennifer Ngo recorded a team-high 15 kills to go with 3 blocks and 2 digs. Second-year outside hitter Kalli Wall added 9 kills and 4 blocks while Blessinger contributed a team-high 13 digs with 3 service aces.

The final game against Defiance was a relative breeze, with 18 players on the roster seeing the court and 10 different players recording at least one kill.

CWRU took control of the first set quickly with a 10-3 lead, eventually closing the set 25-13. After an initial mishap in the second set to go down 1-0, CWRU stretched their lead to 11-2, with a kill from second-year middle blocker Kiya Levy to claim the set 25-14. Defiance kept up a little more in the third set, tying the score 4-4, before the Spartans went on a crazy spree to take a set-high 12-point lead 20-8, eventually winning it 25-14.

Goodpaster and third-year right side hitter Erin Murphy led the team with 8 kills each. Scott recorded a team-high 21 assists while Marfatia added 8 digs.

The Spartans will compete at the 44th Annual ONU Invitational, facing Ohio Northern University on Sept. 15, Calvin University on Sept. 16, and Albion College on Sept. 16.

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Puneet Bansal
Puneet Bansal, Sports Editor
Puneet Bansal (she/her) is a fourth-year student majoring in biochemistry and medical anthropology. She loves obsessing over food, spending time outdoors or annoying her friends. Hailing from the Bay Area, she is an ardent Golden State Warriors fan and finds it daunting to sport her Stephen Curry jersey around Cleveland.

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