Volleyball Hits the Road to Buffalo, NY for the Bengal Challenge

Volleyball Hits the Road to Buffalo, NY for the Bengal Challenge

The Case Western Reserve University volleyball team will travel to Buffalo, New York for the Buffalo State Bengal Challenge on Friday, September 14th and Saturday, September 15th.

The Spartans are slated to play Capital University at 7:00 p.m. on Friday night. On Saturday, CWRU will face Geneva College at 1:00 p.m. and host Buffalo State at 3:00 p.m. to conclude the Bengal Challenge.

Live Coverage

Fans can follow all of the action with live stats at http://bscintra.buffalostate.edu/athletics/volleyball/xlive.htm, while a video webcast is at http://www.buffalostateathletics.com/sports/2015/8/20/Boxcaster.aspx.

CWRU Spartans (5-3)

The Spartans saw its four match winning streak come to a close on Wednesday night with a 3-0 loss (25-16, 25-22, 25-20) to the University of Mount Union.

Junior Haley Sims hit a team-best .278 in the match and tied for the team lead with seven kills. Sophomore Anna Jaskoviak added a Spartan-best 17 digs, and junior Faith Ellis contributed 16 assists. CWRU hit .128 as a team for the match.

Capital Crusaders (0-8)

The Crusaders will enter Friday's match coming off of a 3-0 loss to Kenyon College on Tuesday evening. Leighann Osborne recorded a team-high nine kills and Kristen Jutte added six to the team total. Setter Jenay Kocsis led the Crusaders with 12 assists and seven digs.

For the season, Capital has averaged 8.89 kills per set, 8.26 assists per set and 0.85 blocks per set. Osborne leads the Crusaders with 60 kills, while Olivia Hale is close behind with 50. Kocsis sets up the offense as she has tallied 121 assists for the season. Defensively, Isabel Jimenez has totaled 82 digs, while Hale has contributed 66 to the team total.

Geneva Golden Tornadoes (5-3)

Geneva will enter Friday's match coming off of a 3-1 loss to Westminster College on Wednesday evening. Kacey Costal led the squad with 14 kills, while Daphne Hunsinger set up the offense with 33 assists. The Golden Tornadoes have averaged 9.59 kills per set, 8.89 assists per set and 1.15 blocks per set this season.

Geneva will open the Bengal Challenge against Allegheny College on Friday and then face Buffalo State on Saturday at 11:00 a.m., before facing the Spartans at 1:00 p.m.

Buffalo State Bengals (3-7)

The host school will enter the tournament on Friday following a 3-2 victory over Medaille College on Tuesday evening. The Bengals were led by Alena McKelvey, who recorded a game-high 16 kills throughout the match. For the season, Buffalo State has averaged 8.8 kills per set, 8.2 assists per set and 1.2 blocks per set.

The Bengals will face the University of Rochester on Friday night, and then take on Geneva College before closing out the tournament against the Spartans.

Spartan Notes

Sophomore Anna Jaskoviak currently ranks second in the University Athletic Association with 139 digs and fourth with an average of 4.96 digs per set…Junior Haley Sims ranks third in the UAA with 1.19 blocks per set this season…Case Western Reserve is averaging 13.46 kills per set, 12.64 assists per set and 2.25 blocks per set.