CHICAGO – The Case Western Reserve University volleyball team registered a pair of victories on day one of the 2014 University Athletic Association Round Robin #2, defeating Brandeis University (Mass.) in three and the University of Chicago in four.
With four straight wins, the Spartans now own a 14-7 mark overall and a 3-2 record versus UAA competition.
In the morning match versus Brandeis (5-14, 0-4 UAA), the Spartans earned a straight-set victory, 25-16, 25-17 and 25-10. Offensively, nine different Spartans recorded kills, led by sophomore right side hitter Marian Barton (Custer Park, Ill./Reed-Custer) with seven. Sophomore Lauren Gurd (Farmington Hills, Mich./Detroit Country Day) and freshman Jessica Justice (St. Augustine, Fla./St. Augustine) set the attack with nine and eight assists, respectively.
In the first game, the teams were tied 14-14 before a 9-0 run tipped the opening set to the Spartans. CWRU used a similar sequence to close out the match. In the third set, Justice served for the final six points and collected a pair of aces to clinch the victory.
Against Chicago (19-10, 3-2 UAA), CWRU needed four sets to secure victory, winning 25-21, 20-25, 25-19 and 25-14, as three different Spartans posted double-doubles in the match. Justice posted 19 assists and 10 digs, while junior outside hitter Katie Best (Sewickley, Pa./North Allegheny) recorded 10 assists and 19 digs. Junior outside hitter Carolyn Bogart (New Berlin, Wis./New Berlin Eisenhower) co-led the team with 12 kills, while contributing 16 digs.
The turning point of the match came with the teams tied at a game apiece and deadlocked at 12-12 in the third set. From that point, CWRU outscored Chicago, 38-21, for the remainder of the match, finishing their day with two wins against conference competition.
CWRU will conclude competition at the round robin on Sunday, October 19 with afternoon matches against Washington University in St. Louis at 12:00 p.m. (CT) and New York University at 3:00 p.m. (CT).