The Case Western Reserve University volleyball saw its three match winning streak come to a close on Wednesday night with a 3-1 loss to the Baldwin Wallace University Yellow Jackets at Horsburgh Gymnasium in Cleveland, Ohio.
The Spartans drop to 8-4 overall, while the Yellow Jackets improve to 14-0 by set scores of 26-28, 25-23, 25-23 and 25-18.
Sophomore Brianna Lemon paced the squad with 16 kills, with sophomores Haley Sims and Karley King contributing 10 and nine, respectively. Sophomore setter Faith Ellis added 30 assists in the match, and junior libero Noel Jeansonne had a Spartan-best 13 digs in the match. Sims and Kings each chipped in three total blocks.
CWRU trailed by as many as three in the first, but were able to even the score at 19-19 after an attack error by Baldwin Wallace. After some back and forth play, the Spartans were able to gain a 24-22 lead after a kill from senior middle hitter Emma Briggs. CWRU then closed out the match with a 28-26 final after the Yellow Jackets made two straight attack errors.
The second set saw the Spartans take leads of 8-6 and 16-14, but the Yellow Jackets would go on an 11-7 run to secure a 25-23 win. CWRU would hit.146 in the third set, but another strong finish by Baldwin Wallace allowed the Yellow Jackets to earn another 25-23 win. BW clinched the match in the fourth with a 25-18 win in the final set.
Baldwin Wallace's Alicia Lortcher finished the with a match-best 21 kills, while Ellen Hawkins hit .250 with 12 kills on Wednesday for the Yellow Jackets.
The Spartans will return to action on Friday, September 22nd and Saturday, September 23rd as they travel to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for the Carnegie Mellon University Tournament. CWRU will open play against Otterbein University at 2:00 p.m. on Friday.