Spartans Claim Green Hornet Invitational with Perfect Weekend in Michigan; Freeman and Gulasey Named to All-Tournament Team

(L-R): Rachel Gulasey and Breana Freeman
(L-R): Rachel Gulasey and Breana Freeman

KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- With a pair of wins on Saturday, the Case Western Reserve University volleyball team completed a perfect 4-0 weekend to open the season with a 12-0 record in sets en route to claiming the Green Hornet Invitational Championship at Kalamazoo College.

On day two of the invitational, the Spartans swept Anderson University (Ind.) by scores of 25-19, 25-18 and 25-19 then blanked Franklin College (Ind.) 25-7, 25-20 and 25-17.

In the opener versus Anderson, the Spartans were led offensively by sophomore Natalie Southard (Buffalo, N.Y./City Honors School) with eight kills, while freshman Caitlin Shipp (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) chipped in with six. Senior setter Breana Freeman (Geneva, Ohio/Geneva) and freshman Robyn Marks (Waterford, Mich./Waterford Mott) finished with 16 and nine assists, respectively.

Defensively, senior libero Rachel Gulasey (Cleveland, Ohio/Magnificat) led the way with 11 digs, while Marks also finished in double figures with 10.

Versus Franklin, the Spartans hit a whopping .565 with 14 kills and just one error in 23 total attempts. Freshman outside hitter Carolyn Bogart (New Berlin, Wis./New Berlin Eisenhower) led the offensive attack with nine kills, while Southard chipped in with six. Freeman dished out 17 assists, while Gulasey and senior captain and defensive specialist Olivia Stanton-Ameisen (Bryn Mawr, Pa./The Baldwin School) both tallied seven digs.

At the conclusion of action, Freeman and Gulasey were each selected to the all-tournament team.

The Spartans are back in action next weekend when they serve as co-hosts of the annual Marcia French Memorial Tournament on Friday and Saturday, September 7-8. Case plays four matches in two days starting with a 5:00 p.m. bout with local-rival John Carroll University on Friday.