The Case Western Reserve University volleyball team split their two matches in the third University Athletic Association Round Robin held at the Veale Center in Cleveland, Ohio on Sunday afternoon, falling to top-ranked Emory University three sets to one and defeating the University of Rochester three sets to one in the later match.
With the split, the Spartans finish UAA round robin play with a record of 2-5 and an overall record of 8-14.
Leading the way for the Spartans was senior middle hitter Haley Sims with 25 kills across the two matches. Senior Faith Ellis and first-year Sara Rogers split the setting duties with Ellis tallying 33 assists and Rogers adding 31. Ellis also added six service aces against the Yellowjackets. Adding 20 kills in the two matches was senior outside hitter Brianna Lemon.
The Spartans started well in the first set against the Yellowjackets, going up 13-6. Rochester pulled within three, going on a 6-3 run, but Case Western Reserve pulled away, going on a 10-3 run to win the set. The Spartans took the back-and-forth second set 25-23. The team was down 22-19 late in the set, but closed it on a 6-1 run. Rochester took the third set 25-20. CWRU tied the set at 11 but could not come back from a seven-point deficit following a Rochester run. Following a 12-4 run to open the fourth set, Case Western Reserve did not look back, taking the set 25-14 and the match.
After dropping the first set 25-18 against Emory, Case Western Reserve battled back to take the second set. The Spartans started the set on a 9-5 run, and then took five of the next eight points to secure a seven-point advantage. The Eagles cut the deficit to one, 23-22, but Sims secured kills on the final two points to win the set for the Spartans.
In the third set, CWRU fought back to take a 13-12 lead, but Emory won 10 of the next 13 points to a decisive nine-point advantage. The Spartans cut the deficit to one late in the set, but the Eagles took the final point and the set, 25-23. The fourth and final set played out similarly, with the Spartans up by three early, 11-8. Neither team held an advantage greater than three until late in the set when Emory went on an 8-2 run to take the final set 25-21.
The team awaits their seed in the conference tournament, pending the results of the final contests in Round Robin #3. Next, CWRU travels to Ohio Wesleyan University on Saturday, October 26 for a match against DePauw University and one against the hosts. The team returns home for Senior Day on Saturday, November 2 to finish the regular season against the College of Wooster and Buffalo State University.