Senior outside hitter Brianna Lemon and senior middle hitter Haley Sims racked up 20 and 13 kills, respectively, to lead the Case Western Reserve University volleyball team a 3-2 win versus Hiram College on Wednesday evening.
The Spartans are 7-13 on the season and head into a weekend of competition as the host of the third University Athletic Association Round Robin in 2019.
Senior Faith Ellis and junior Jordyn Harberts split the setting duties, tallying 28 and 15 assists, respectively. Lemon led the Spartans with a season-high 30 digs, while Ellis and junior middle hitter Katie Kaminski each added 19 to the team total.
The Spartans trailed by as many as 10 points in the first set, but were able to cut deficit to just three at 23-20 after a service ace by Sims. Following a Hiram timeout, the Terriers scored the next point, but a kill from Kaminski put the score at 24-21. However, Hiram closed out the set with the next point to claim the 25-21 victory.
CWRU hit the ignition in the second set and was tied with Hiram at 10-10 after a kill by King. The Terriers then went on a 12-8 run to take the 22-18 advantage, but the Spartans came back with 7-2 run to take the 25-24 lead after a kill by Lemon. After some back and forth play, the Spartans closed out the set with kills by Kaminski and Lemon to earn the 30-28 victory.
In the third set, CWRU jumped out to the 7-1 lead after a kill by Sims. The Spartans continued to dominate in the set as they extended their lead to 15-8. Hiram attempted a comeback with a 5-4 run of their own, but CWRU claimed the final six points of the set to win 25-13. The Spartans dropped the fourth set by a score of 25-20.
CWRU closed out the back and forth match in the fifth set, after securing the 15-13 victory.
Hiram was led by Lindsey Walker with 18 kills, 21 assists and 14 digs.
The Spartans return to action on Sunday as they the University Athletic Association Round Robin #3. CWRU is set to play top-ranked Emory University at 10:00 a.m. and then conclude the round with a match against the University of Rochester at 12:00 p.m.