Spartans Fall to Mount Saint Joseph in Five Sets; Barton Named to All-Tournament Team of John Carroll Invitational

Kayla Pfaff and the Spartans finished at 1-1 for the weekend. (photo courtesy of JCU Athletics)
Kayla Pfaff and the Spartans finished at 1-1 for the weekend. (photo courtesy of JCU Athletics)

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio – The Case Western Reserve University volleyball team concluded its weekend at the John Carroll Invitational with a 3-2 loss to Mount Saint Joseph College on Saturday afternoon at the DeCarlo Varsity Center.

Sophomore right side hitter Marian Barton (Custer Park, Ill./Reed-Custer) was named to the all-tournament team with 16 kills on a .333 hitting percentage and nine digs for the weekend.

The 1-1 performance for the tournament moves CWRU's record to 7-4. Saturday's opponent, Mount St. Joseph, improves to 5-6.

The Spartans won the opening set, 25-8, but the Lions regrouped to win three of the final four sets, 25-21, 25-17, 17-25 and 15-12. In the final game, the teams were tied at 9-9 before a 6-3 run by Mount Saint Joseph decided the match.

For CWRU, sophomore libero Kristen Mitchell (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Allegheny) posted a career-high 24 digs. Mitchell's previous best was 21 digs, a mark she reached in two different matches earlier this season. Offensively, sophomore middle hitter Kayla Pfaff (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) and junior middle hitter Haley Kauffman (Hartville, Ohio/Lake) led the attack with 13 and 12 kills, respectively. Both Pfaff and Kauffman were instrumental during a 9-0 run in the first set, combining for four of the squad's seven kills during that stretch. Freshman Jessica Justice (St. Augustine, Fla./St. Augustine) set the offense with 19 assists, while junior Robyn Marks (Waterford, Mich./Waterford Mott) added 15 helpers.  

Barton finished the match with seven kills, five assists and five digs.

Mount Saint Joseph was led by Riley Brashear with 29 digs, while four different Saints registered double-digit kills.

The Spartans are set to return to action at home against John Carroll University on Wednesday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. at Horsburgh Gymnasium.