The Case Western Reserve University volleyball team saw its win streak come to a close on Wednesday night with a 3-1 loss to the Baldwin Wallace University Yellow Jackets at Horsburgh Gymnasium in Cleveland, Ohio.
The Spartans drop to 4-8 overall, while the Yellow Jackets improve to 13-0 by set scores of 20-25, 28-26, 25-18 and 26-24.
Senior outside hitter Karley King paced the squad with 13 kills, with senior outside hitter Brianna Lemon and senior middle hitter Haley Sims contributing nine and eight, respectively. Junior setter Jordyn Harberts added 19 assists in the match, and Lemon had a Spartan-best 12 digs in the match. Junior middle hitter Katie Kaminski chipped in a team-best five total blocks.
CWRU trailed by as many as three in the first, but were able to even the score at 9-9 after a service error by Baldwin Wallace. After some back and forth play, the Spartans were able to gain a 22-17 lead after a service ace from senior setter Faith Ellis. CWRU then closed out the match with a 25-20 final after a kill from freshman outside hitter Meara Reeder.
The second set saw the Spartans take leads of 5-0 and 12-6, but the Yellow Jackets would go on a 22-14 run to secure a 28-26 win. CWRU would fall 25-18 in the third set and then BW clinched the match in the fourth with another strong finish that allowed the Yellow Jackets to earn a 26-24 win in the final set.
Baldwin Wallace's Ivy Earl finished with a match-best 18 kills, while Alexis Garrett added 15 kills on Wednesday for the Yellow Jackets.
Case Western Reserve 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. The Spartans will open conference play against Washington (Mo.) University on Saturday, September 21st at 2:00 p.m.