The Case Western Reserve University volleyball team split a pair of matches to open the 2017 University Athletic Association Championship Tournament on Friday at the Woodruff Physical Education Center. The fifth-seeded Spartans fell to fourth-seeded and seventh-ranked Emory University in three, but bounced back to win 3-0 against Brandeis University.
CWRU (18-12) concludes the season in the conference's fifth-place match tomorrow morning versus the University of Rochester at 10:00 a.m.
Versus Emory (27-5), the Spartans fell by scores of 25-19, 25-19 and 25-16.
Statistically, sophomore outside hitter Brianna Lemon posted a team-best 13 kills. Sophomore setter Faith Ellis led in assists with 19. Lemon also led the Spartans with nine digs, while junior libero Karina Bondelid contributed eight.
Emory was led by Leah Saunders who tallied 12 kills, while Morgan McKnight and Sara Carr each contributed 11 to the attack.
Against Brandeis (15-13), the Spartans were victorious by counts of 25-16, 25-18 and 25-19.
Lemon led the attack with 10 kills, while freshman middle blocker Katie Kaminski added nine. Ellis handled the setting duties, as she tallied 31 assists. The Spartan back row was paced by Ellis and Bondelid with 11 digs.
Brandeis was led by Shea Decker-Jacoby with nine kills and 10 digs.
Entering tomorrow's season finale, CWRU is guaranteed its ninth winning season in 10 years.