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UAA play "anyone's game"

Peter Cooke

Issue date: 10/2/09 Section: Sports
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In the past nine years, the University Athletic Association has climbed the ranks to become Division III's premier volleyball conference. In continuance with their domination nationally, this year's group has the potential to do something that has never been done before. Just twice in the past nine years have at least six teams finished the season with a record above .500. Six teams did it in 2004 and seven teams did it last year.

Coming into the season's first UAA Round Robin, all eight squads in the conference have winning records, including CWRU's 12-2 mark. With the Spartans sitting in a prime position to gain an upper hand in the conference standings, they need to convert against the No. 5 team in the country, Washington University. The Spartans' other two opponents for the weekend are Brandeis and Rochester.

"The UAA has evolved into one of the best conferences in the nation…and it has gotten to the point where it's possibly anyone's game," WashU head coach Rick Luenemann said.

Luenemann would hate to see that happen; the Bears and Emory have dominated in recent memory, but he's seen the UAA develop into its current form over his 10 seasons and he knows anything's within the realm of possibility.

When the games start in Rochester on Saturday, it's bound to be a wild weekend with the potential for upsets.

Karen Farrell, coach of the Spartans, said of the weekend and her team's final match of the weekend against WashU, "I've got high hopes…I think we've got a chance, we're the underdogs so we're not under as much pressure. Anything's possible."
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