CWRU Volleyball – 2017 Season Recap

CWRU Volleyball – 2017 Season Recap

The 2017 season served as a year of improvement as the Case Western Reserve University volleyball team finished the season with a 19-12 overall record, while posting a 3-4 mark in the University Athletic Association and finishing in fifth place at the UAA Championships.

CWRU opened the year with an 11-6 record as they entered UAA competition at the end of September. The first UAA Round Robin, hosted by by the Spartans, featured a season highlight in the opening match with a win over then 10th-ranked Carnegie Mellon. CWRU defeated the Tartans in four sets 26-24, 25-19, 11-25 and 25-16.

The Spartans continued that momentum all the way through the UAA Championships. After dropping a tough match to the seventh-ranked and host Emory Eagles on their home court, CWRU battled back to sweep Brandeis and Rochester to finish fifth in the highly competitive field. Four UAA teams were nationally ranked and all four advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

The Spartans were paced by sophomore outside hitter Brianna Lemon, who earned All-UAA First Team recognition, as well as All-UAA Second Team honoree sophomore Haley Sims and All-UAA Honorable Mention freshman Katie Kaminski.

Lemon became the first Spartan since Haley Kauffman in 2015 to be named to the All-UAA First Team. She finished the regular season with .220 hitting percentage, and led the team with 339 kills (3.14 per set) and 353 digs (3.27 per set). Lemon's 3.14 kills per set ranked fifth among all University Athletic Association players this year. She also gathered 29 total blocks and 19 service aces throughout the season. Over her two years as a Spartan, Lemon currently ranks third in program history with 3.26 kills per set and sixth with 3.64 points per set.

Sims finished the regular season with a .282 hitting percentage and led the team with 80 total blocks, including 22 solo blocks. She finished second on the team with 247 kills and 2.31 kills per set. Over her career, she has recorded a .283 hitting percentage which ranks third in program history, and has averaged 0.85 blocks per set which puts her at fifth in program history.

Kaminski led the Spartans with a .284 hitting percentage this season, which puts her at 10th in school history for attack percentage in a single-season. She ranks fourth on the team with 188 kills (1.98 per set) and third with 42 total blocks (including nine solo). Kaminski also added 42 digs and 17 service aces during the season.

In addition, sophomore outside hitter Karley King and sophomore setter Faith Ellis played key roles in the Spartans rotation.

King was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team due to her outstanding performance both in the classroom and on the court. She finished third on the team with 241 kills (2.25 per set) and recorded a .221 hitting percentage. She also tallied 52 digs and 46 total blocks, including 37 block assists. Over her career, she has gathered 427 kills (2.06 per set) and 89 total blocks (0.43 per set).

Ellis directed the attack and tallied 895 assists (7.99 per set). Her 7.99 assists per set ranked second among all University Athletic Association players. Ellis also finished fourth on the team with 226 digs.

At the net, freshman outside hitter Anna Jaskoviak and senior middle hitter Emma Briggs averaged 1.61 and 1.37 kills per set, respectively. Jaskoviak finished fifth on the team with 161 kills and Briggs finished sixth with 63 kills.

Defensively, junior Karina Bondelid averaged 2.83 digs per set and finished second on the team with 252 digs. Finishing fifth on the team with 166 digs, sophomore Christine Tamura averaged 2.44 digs per set.

Along with their success on the court, eight Spartans received All-UAA Academic honors: Bondelid, Briggs, Ellis, junior Noel Jeansonne, King, sophomore Samantha Rodriguez, Sims and Tamura. All-Academic Recognition is awarded to student-athletes who have completed at least one full year of college study and who carry a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.300.

Head Coach Karen Farrell concluded her 16th season where she has led the program to four straight winning seasons. At the close of the 2017 season, she has tallied 327 career wins with the program.


The Spartans earned the following honors during the 2017 Season

CoSIDA Academic All-District

 

 

Karley King

First Team

 Clarence, N.Y. / Clarence

All-University Athletic Association

 

 

Brianna Lemon

First Team

Mount Dora, Fla. / Mount Dora

Haley Sims

Second Team

Moon Township, Pa. / Moon Area

Katie Kaminski

 Honorable Mention

Centerville, Ohio / Centerville

 

2017 Season Leaders

Kills

Brianna Lemon

339

Kills Per Set

Brianna Lemon

3.14

Hitting Percentage

Katie Kaminski

.284

Assists

Faith Ellis

895

Assists Per Set

Faith Ellis

7.99

Service Aces

Karina Bondelid

33

Digs

Brianna Lemon

353

Digs Per Set

Brianna Lemon

3.27

Blocks

Haley Sims

80

Points

Brianna Lemon

373.0

 

CWRU in the final NCAA Division III team rankings (out of 427 ranked teams) 

Category

Rank

Total

Assists Per Set

89

11.45

Blocks Per Set

196

1.47

Digs Per Set

236

15.50

Hitting Percentage

67

0.208

Kills Per Set

88

12.24

Match W/L Percentage

137

0.613

Opp. Hitting Percentage

370

0.194

Team Assists

83

1,282

Team Attacks Per Set

126

35.84

Team Digs

175

1,736

Team Kills

87

1,371

Team Total Attacks

107

4,014

Team Total Blocks

168

164.5

 

 

CWRU individual's in final NCAA Division III rankings (top 250 players ranked)

Category

Name

Rank

Total

Assists Per Set

Faith Ellis

141

7.99

Blocks Per Set

Haley Sims

231

0.75

Hitting Percentage

Katie Kaminski

150

0.284

Kills Per Set

Brianna Lemon

174

3.14

Total Assists

Faith Ellis

106

895

Total Attacks

Brianna Lemon

234

883

Total Blocks

Haley Sims

185

80

Total Kills

Brianna Lemon

144

339