Spartans Sweep Seniors’ Day Tri-Match with Defiance and Muskingum; Reach 20 Wins for Fifth-Straight Season

Six senior student-athletes along with their parents were honored prior to the tri-match. (photo by Jon Sopko)
Six senior student-athletes along with their parents were honored prior to the tri-match. (photo by Jon Sopko)

CLEVELAND – The Case Western Reserve University volleyball team earned a pair of victories during a Seniors' Day tri-match on Saturday afternoon at Horsburgh Gymnasium. The Spartans defeated Defiance College in five sets before sweeping Muskingum University in three.  

The Spartans improve to 20-9 overall and reach the 20-win mark for the fifth-straight season.

Versus Defiance, the Spartans won the first set before the two sides traded victories over the remaining four. Ultimately, the Spartans claimed the win via scores of 25-19, 21-25, 25-19, 17-25 and 15-11.

Freshman middle hitter Caitlin Shipp (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) and senior right side hitter Hanna Collins (Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry) led the attack with 13 kills apiece on respective hitting percentages of .462 and .458. Shipp set a career-high for kills, while Collins tied her personal best. Senior setter Breana Freeman (Geneva, Ohio/Geneva) quarterbacked the offensive attack with 41 assists.

Defensively, senior libero Rachel Gulasey racked up 33 digs, while senior defensive specialist Kara Monnin (Minster, Ohio/Minster) picked up 10.  

Versus Muskingum, the Spartans made quick work of their opponent by scores of 25-17, 25-12 and 25-17.

Freshman outside hitter Carolyn Bogart (New Berlin, Wis./New Berlin Eisenhower) recorded 14 kills, while Shipp and sophomore outside hitter Ella Mravec (Lakewood, Ohio/Lakewood) each contributed 10. Collins totaled nine kills without an error for an outstanding .529 hitting percentage.

Freeman once again paced the attack with 46 assists, while Gulasey and senior defensive specialist Olivia Stanton-Ameisen (Bryn Mawr, Pa./The Baldwin School) totaled 16 digs apiece.

As a team, the Spartans compiled a season-best .412 hitting percentage versus Muskingum.

The Spartans hit the road this Wednesday, October 24 for a 7:00 p.m. match at Oberlin College.

The team hosts another tri-match with Ursuline College and Kenyon College beginning next Saturday, October 27 at 11:00 a.m. The event is designated as a Dig for the Cure match with proceeds going to benefit the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center for Breast Cancer Research along with Susan G. Komen for the Cure.