Spartans Fall Twice on Day One of UAA Volleyball Round Robin #1

Izzy Wagner (photo by Ryan Baker)
Izzy Wagner (photo by Ryan Baker)

CLEVELAND – The Case Western Reserve University volleyball team fell twice as hosts on day one of the 2013 University Athletic Association Round Robin #1 at the Veale Center.

The Spartans, who lost to New York University in three and Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.) in four, drop to 9-11 for the season and 0-2 in the Association. The road doesn't get any easier as No. 4 nationally ranked Emory University (Ga.) in the final opponent of the weekend tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. inside Horsburgh Gymnasium.

Versus NYU (17-1, 1-0 UAA), the Spartans lost by scores of 25-15, 25-23 and 25-23. Sophomore middle hitter Haley Kauffman (Hartville, Ohio/Lake) and freshman outside hitter Isabelle Wagner (Avon Lake, Ohio/Avon Lake) each contributed eight kills, while sophomore setter Robyn Marks (Waterford, Mich./Waterford Mott) directed the offense with 28 assists. Defensively, Marks and freshman specialist Shannon Chua (Fremont, Calif./Mission San Jose) each record nine digs.

The Violets were led by Perri Goldberg with 13 kills and Emily Moore with 33 assists and nine digs.

Against CMU (16-5, 1-1 UAA), the Spartans lost the first two sets by counts of 25-18 and 25-20 before staying alive via a 25-22 victory in the third. However, the Tartans put the match away in the fourth, 25-19.

On offense, Wagner and Kauffman once again led the way with 12 and 11 kills, respectively. Marks, who has missed significant time due to injury, had her best statistical performance with a career-high 43 assists.

After missing the last six matches prior to today with an injury, sophomore outside hitter Carolyn Bogart (New Berlin, Wis./New Berlin Eisenhower) posted a career-best 20 digs to lead the defensive effort. Marks also contributed 14.

Each UAA team will play a total of three matches this weekend then four more at the UAA Round Robin #2 in St. Louis on October 19-20. Seeds for the UAA Championship in Waltham, Massachusetts on November 8-9 will be determined by the records from the two round robins.