Spartan Volleyball Rebounds to Earn Split on Final Day of French Memorial Tournament; Wagner Named to All-Tournament Team

Led by All-Tournament Team selection Isabelle Wagner, the Spartans finished the weekend at 2-2. (photo by Ryan Baker)
Led by All-Tournament Team selection Isabelle Wagner, the Spartans finished the weekend at 2-2. (photo by Ryan Baker)

CLEVELAND – With a sweep of Capital University in the final match of the weekend, the Case Western Reserve University volleyball team earned a split to conclude play at the 15th Annual Marcia French Memorial Tournament on Saturday at Horsburgh Gymnasium. The Spartans lost in four to Geneva College (Pa.) earlier in the day and finished at 2-2 for the weekend.

Case (4-4) stays at the .500 mark and will remain at home to host No. 11 nationally-ranked University of Mount Union on Wednesday, September 11 at 7:00 p.m.

Highlighting the weekend was an All-Tournament Team nod for freshman outside hitter Isabelle Wagner (Avon Lake, Ohio/Avon Lake). In four matches and 15 sets, the rookie totaled 47 kills on a .287 hitting percentage.

Versus Geneva (4-1), the momentum switched hands several times, but the visitors won the first two sets by counts of 25-23 and 26-24. The Spartans got their point in the third, 25-20, but the Golden Tornadoes rallied from as many as five down to claim the clinching set, 25-23.

Wagner had the best match of her young career with a team-high 13 kills against just one error in 35 attack attempts. Sophomore outside hitter Carolyn Bogart (New Berlin, Wis./New Berlin Eisenhower) also finished in double-figures with 11 kills, while freshman setter Lauren Gurd (Farmington Hills, Mich./Detroit Country Day) directed the offense with 30 assists.

Defensively, sophomore libero Katie Best (Sewickley, Pa./North Allegheny) finished with a match-high 18 digs. Wagner also posted three block assists, and junior middle hitter Natalie Southard (Buffalo, N.Y./City Honors School) finished with one solo and three assists.

The Golden Tornadoes were led by Ashley Davis with 15 kills and 13 digs as well as Deanna Briody with 48 assists. 

Against Capital (4-5), the Spartans were efficient in all three sets with wins of 25-22, 25-12 and 25-19. The second set was highlighted by 13 kills and just one error in 25 attempts (.480).

Offensively, Wagner and Bogart led the way again with 14 and 10 kills, respectively. Gurd was the catalyst behind the attack with 29 assists.

On defense, Best recorded 10 digs as did Gurd for her third double-double in four matches. Southard was once again strong in the blocks with one solo and three assists.