CWRU Volleyball Notches Wednesday Win over Oberlin

CWRU Volleyball Notches Wednesday Win over Oberlin

The Case Western Reserve University volleyball team returned home Wednesday night from a nine-match road stretch and  topped Oberlin College 3-1 (25-21, 24-26, 25-13, 25-22) inside of Horsburgh Gymnasium in Cleveland, Ohio.

The Spartans improved to 11-6 overall with the win, while Oberlin dropped to 4-8 with the loss.

Junior Karley King led the team with 16 kills, hitting .351 in the match and junior Haley Sims totaled three block solos, four block assists and 11 kills, hitting .500.  Sophomore Katie Kaminski added a .524 mark for the match with 13 kills, while freshman Lauren Carmon registered a double-digit kill total for the second-straight match, finishing with a career-best 12 terminations.  Junior Faith Ellis led the team with 31 assists, matching her season-high, and marking the third time this year she's finished a match with 30 or more assists.

CWRU needed a late rally to secure the first set of the match, scoring nine of the final 13 points in the frame to take the lead in the contest.  The Spartans rallied off a time-out, trailing 18-16, scoring the next four points off Ellis' serve and taking advantage of four-straight errors by the Yeowomen to take a lead.  A kill by King clinched the first set for CWRU, which out-hit Oberlin .367 to .189 in the opening stanza.

The second set would be played closely as well, but Oberlin would ultimately prevail 26-24.  Trailing 24-22, the Spartans fended off a pair of match points with two kills from Carmon to tie the score at 24 apiece, but the Yeowomen claimed the next two to even the match score at a set apiece.  However, the Spartans rebounded in the third set with a resounding 25-13 win to regain the lead in the match, buoyed in the frame by four kills apiece from King and Kaminski.

Case Western Reserve wrapped up the win with a strong fourth set, jumping out to a 15-8 lead.  Oberlin pulled back within two points, 20-18, before the Spartans won four of the next five points to go ahead 24-19.  The Yeowomen would win three straight, but a kill by Sims ended the Oberlin threat and closed out the victory.

The Spartans finished the match hitting .308, the fifth time this season the team has recorded an attack percentage of .300 or better in a match.  CWRU was also able to take advantage of 26 attack errors by Oberlin on Wednesday, en route to the win.

The Spartans will now turn their attention to the first University Athletic Association round robin of the season, as the team will head to Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts this weekend.  CWRU will open conference play against eighth-ranked Washington University on Saturday, September 29 at 12:00 p.m.