The Case Western Reserve University volleyball team fell to the University of Mount Union 3-2 (20-25, 25-21, 20-25, 25-23 and 14-16) on Wednesday night at Horsburgh Gymnasium in Cleveland, Ohio.
With the loss, CWRU dropped to 3-4 overall on the season. The Purple Raiders improved to 8-2 on the year with the win.
The Spartans were led on the attack by junior middle hitter Katie Kaminski who tallied 17 kills. Senior outside hitter Karley King contributed 12 kills, while senior outside hitter Brianna Lemon added 11 kills and a team-high 19 digs. Senior setter Faith Ellis rounded up 25 assists. In the back row for the Spartans, junior libero Jana Giaquinto tallied 16 digs and Ellis contributed 12 throughout the match.
After tying the score early twice in the first set, the Purple Raiders took a 11-9 lead. CWRU was able to cut the deficit within a point at 12-11 after a kill from senior Haley Sims, however Mount Union would go on a 13-9 run to close out the set for a 25-20 win.
The Spartans opened the second set with 8-5 lead after a service ace from Giaquinto. CWRU would then outscore Mount Union 12-9 to increase the lead to 20-14 after a kill from Sims. After the Purple Raiders closed the gap to three points, 23-20, the Spartans scored three of the last four points to secure the 25-21 victory.
CWRU dropped the third set, and fell behind 20-18 in the fourth, before rallying to score seven of the next 10 points and regain control of the game, en route to a 25-23 victory.
The Spartans and Purple Raiders battled back and forth in the fifth set as the score was tied at 7-7. Mount Union then pushed out in front by scoring four of the next five points to take an 11-8 lead. CWRU rallied back to even the score at 14-14, but Mount Union would win the next two points to clinch the match victory.
Case Western Reserve will return to action on Friday, September 13th and Saturday, September 14th as they travel to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for the Carnegie Mellon DoubleTree Invitational. CWRU will open play against Susquehanna University at 2:00 p.m. on Friday.