Spartan Volleyball Falls in Straight Sets at Baldwin Wallace

Spartan Volleyball Falls in Straight Sets at Baldwin Wallace

The Case Western Reserve University volleyball team saw its three match winning streak come to a close on Wednesday night with a 3-0 loss to the Baldwin Wallace University Yellow Jackets at Ursprung Gymnasium in Berea, Ohio.

The Spartans drop to 8-4 overall, while the Yellow Jackets improve to 16-1 by set scores of 25-17, 28-26 and 25-22.

Junior outside hitter Karley King paced the squad with eight kills, with junior middle Haley Sims and sophomore outside hitter Jana Giaquinto contributing seven and five, respectively. Junior setter Faith Ellis led the squad with 13 assists, while sophomore libero Anna Jaskoviak had a Spartan-best 11 digs in the match. Sims chipped in seven total blocks, including three solo blocks.

The Spartans trailed early in the first set and were unable to gain any momentum as Baldwin Wallace won 25-17.

In the second set, CWRU gained an early 3-2 lead after a service ace from sophomore middle blocker Katie Kaminski. After some back and forth play, the Spartans were able to take a 24-22 lead after a kill from junior outside hitter Brianna Lemon. However, the Yellow Jackets rallied with a 5-2 run to close out the second set with a 28-26 victory.

CWRU jumped out to an early 3-2 lead in the third set, but BW answered quickly with a 6-3 run to take the lead at 8-6. The Spartans were able to even it at 9-9, before the Yellow Jackets went on a 9-3 run to lead by six points. CWRU continued to battle by cutting the deficit to one point at 19-18, but BW was able to close out the sweep with a 25-22 victory.   

Baldwin Wallace was led by Alicia Lortcher with a game-high 12 kills, while Taylor Browna and Ivy Earl contributed 11 and 10 kills, respectively.

The Spartans will return to action on Friday, September 21st and Saturday, September 22nd as they travel to Tiffin, Ohio for the No One Fights Alone Invitational, hosted by Heidelberg University. CWRU will open play against Mount St. Joseph College at 6:00 p.m. on Friday.