The Case Western Reserve University volleyball team won by a score of 3-0 to New York University in the fifth-place match at the 2019 University Athletic Association Championship on Saturday afternoon at the Ratner Athletics Center in Chicago, Illinois.
The Spartans conclude the season at 13-16. This is the first time since the 2017 season that CWRU has finished fifth at the conference tournament.
The Spartans edged the New York (25-8) by scores of 25-23, 25-16 and 29-27.
The teams went back and forth in the first set as senior setter Faith Ellis notched a kill that evened the score at 10-10. The Violets then went on 3-0 run to take a 13-10 lead, however the Spartans answered with a 6-2 run of their own after a kill by senior middle hitter Haley Sims that gave CWRU a 16-15 lead. NYU rallied back to go on a 7-3 run, but the Spartans closed them out with a 6-1 run that was capped off by a kill from senior outside hitter Karley King.
The Spartans came out firing in the second set by leading 11-5, but the Violets responded with a 5-0 run to cut the lead to 11-10. CWRU then increased the advantage with a 9-3 run after a kill by senior outside hitter Brianna Lemon pushed the lead to 20-13. The Spartans would close out the set with a kill from Sims, and a service ace by Ellis to secure the 25-16 victory.
NYU came out strong in the third set to get out to a 5-0 lead. CWRU answered with a 20-15 run after a service ace by Sims evened the score at 20-20. After some back and forth play, the Spartans rallied off three-straight points after being down 27-26 to clinch the 29-27 win. Lemon and Sims each accounted for kills to help clinch the match victory.
Statistically, Lemon led the Spartan attack with 11 kills, while Sims contributed 10. First-year setter Sara Rogers paced the offense with 23 assists.
Defensively, Lemon led the Spartans with 19 digs, while junior libero Jana Giaquinto added 18. Sims led in blocks with five total.
Maddie DeJong led the Violets with 15 kills, while Nicole Daoe set the NYU offense with 28 assists. Jacqueline Kupeli and Caroline Rapp led the defense with 17 and 12 digs, respectively.