Spartans Fall Against #19 Ohio Northern, Defeat Bluffton on Final Day of ONU Tournament

Spartans Fall Against #19 Ohio Northern, Defeat Bluffton on Final Day of ONU Tournament

The Case Western Reserve University volleyball team split on Saturday afternoon with a 3-2 loss against host and 19th-ranked Ohio Northern University and a 3-0 win over Bluffton University.

The Spartans are now 2-2 overall, while the Polar Bears are now 3-1 and the Beavers record is now 1-2 overall.

Against Ohio Northern, CWRU fell 22-25, 25-27, 25-17, 25-19 and 15-11.

In the high-scoring battle, junior outside hitter Brianna Lemon led the Spartans with 16 kills and 20 digs. Junior outside hitter Karley King and sophomore middle blocker Katie Kaminski each contributed 13 kills apiece. Junior setter Faith Ellis set the team-high in assists after recording 30 total and sophomore setter Jordyn Harberts registered 25 assists. Also in double-digits defensively, sophomore libero Anna Jaskoviak upped a team-high 27 digs and sophomore defensive specialist Alara Sutcu tallied 16 total.

CWRU defeated Bluffton in three sets 25-23, 25-17 and 25-20. Lemon put down a team-high 10 kills during the match and Sims added eight to the Spartan total. King and Kaminski each posted six kills to the team total.

Ellis tallied a team-high 19 assists and Harberts registered 17. Defensively, Jaskoviak led the squad with 11 digs and Harberts finished with eight.

The Spartans will return to action on Friday, September 7th and Saturday, September 8th as the program will host the CWRU Invitational. Case Western Reserve will play its first match on Friday at 5:30 p.m. against John Carroll University.