Spartans Victorious in UAA Fifth-Place Match versus Rochester

CWRU turns in its sixth winning season in seven years. (photo by Harsha Chandupatla)
CWRU turns in its sixth winning season in seven years. (photo by Harsha Chandupatla)

PITTSBURGH – The Case Western Reserve University volleyball team wrapped up the season with a 3-1 victory versus the University of Rochester (N.Y.) in the 2014 University Athletic Association Championship fifth-place match on Saturday morning at Skibo Gymnasium.

CWRU ends 2014 at 18-12 for its sixth winning season in seven years. Rochester's season concludes at 17-19.

The Spartans were victorious by scores of 25-21, 24-26, 25-22 and 25-17.

The opening set was tied at 11 before CWRU rattled off a 9-3 run to seize control. The second was back-and-forth the entire way with Rochester winning the final two to even the match. The Spartans then controlled the pace in the third and fourth.  

Three Spartans finished with double-figure kills led by sophomore right side hitter Marian Barton (Custer Park, Ill./Reed-Custer) and junior outside hitter Carolyn Bogart (New Berlin, Wis./New Berlin Eisenhower) with 11 each. Sophomore middle hitter Kayla Pfaff (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) added 10.

Sophomore Lauren Gurd (Farmington Hills, Mich./Detroit Country Day) and freshman Jessica Justice (St. Augustine, Fla./St. Augustine) split the setting duties with 22 assists apiece.

Defensively, specialist Kristen Mitchell (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Allegheny) posted a team-best 15 digs.

Rochester was led by Jennie Ford with 16 kills and Xiaoyi Li with 50 assists.

For the season, Barton led CWRU with 182 kills while Pfaff was a close second at 181. Justice was tops in assists at 396. Junior outside hitter Katie Best (Sewickley, Pa./North Allegheny) posted the top digs total (354), and Pfaff was the leader in total blocks (76).