The Case Western Reserve University volleyball team fell by a score of 3-0 to the University of Rochester in the fifth place match at the 2016 University Athletic Association Championship on Saturday afternoon at the Field House.
The Spartans conclude the season at 21-10. The program has produced eight winning seasons in the past nine years.
Rochester (24-11) edged the Spartans by scores of 25-18, 25-23 and 26-24.
CWRU led early in the first half after sophomore defensive specialist Emily Wolfenbarger's service ace that gave the Spartans a 7-5 advantage. The Yellowjackets rallied back to go on a 15-9 run to lead 20-16 after a kill from Alara Kocak. Rochester then went on to score five of the final seven points to win the set 25-18.
The Spartans came out strong in the second set by leading 15-9 after a service ace by freshman defensive specialist Christine Tamura. The Yellowjackets responded with a 16-8 run to close out the set with a 25-23 victory.
CWRU rallied from as many as six points down to lead 22-21 in the third thanks to a kill from freshman outside hitter Brianna Lemon. Rochester answered, however, with five of the final seven points including a clinching kill by Kocak.
Two Yellowjackets reached double-digits in kills, including Kocak with 11 and Clara Martinez with 10. Aimee Kohler set the Rochester offense with 33 assists, and Meghan Connor led on defense with 13 digs.