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UAA Round Robin No. 1 preview capsules

Peter Cooke

Issue date: 10/2/09 Section: Sports
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WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
12-3
(0-0 UAA)

Coming off an impressive run into the NCAA Regional Finals, WashU needs to buckle down and remind the UAA they are the team to beat. WashU's non-conference schedule was extremely front-heavy, with nearly 10 opponents in the top 25. The Bears wouldn't back down, beating No. 2 Juniata, No. 6 St. Thomas, and at the time No. 18 La Verne in their annual Teri Clemens Invitational. WashU and their fearless coach aren't intimidated easily and it will take an amazing match to swipe a victory from the Bears.

Player to Watch: Freshman Meg Buker - After senior leader and WashU's 10th all time assists leader, Vicki Blood, went down with an injury, Buker stepped into the fray and is the key to the Bears' attack.

Quotable: Coach Rick Luenemann: "This weekend is going to be an absolute slugfest!"

BRANDEIS
10-5
(0-0)

The Judges come into the UAA Round Robin after rounding out the UMass Amherst Classic with a pair of victories of Westfield St. and Middlebury. Brandeis opens up their weekend with WashU and will need an excellent game to contend with the defending UAA champs. The Judges' second game matches them up against the Spartans, who they beat last year 3-0. Brandeis' third place finish last year can largely be credited to their size and tenacity. The Judge's aggressiveness allows them to quickly turn on their momentum and become a nearly unstoppable force.

Player to Watch: Junior Abby Blasco - Two years ago, Blasco stormed onto the UAA scene winning the 2007 Rookie of the Year award. At 5'10", her size is formidable but she plays set and averages 9.29 assists a game and also has an impressive serve, netting .38 aces-per-game.

Quotable: Case coach Karen Farrell: "Brandeis had a significant size advantage on us; we'll need an accurate attack to compete."

CASE WESTERN RESERVE
12-2
(0-0)

Coming off an impressive 3-1 victory over cross-town rival John Carroll, the Spartans have the inside lane to making a splash in the UAA standings. A half-dozen freshman bolster the incoming class, giving the team a young vibe. Along side the freshman are fellow underclassmen and strikers Tricia McCutchan and Rachel Suchy, who dominate at the net. Plagued with a schedule that lacks any perennial top-25 teams, Case's improvements aren't marked by big-name victories, but by their +27 game differential.
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News

  • Can you name this place?
  • Have you heard about Case Western Undergraduate Bioethics Society?
  • Homecoming at CWRU
  • Preparing for 2009's local and state elections
  • President Barbara Snyder engages the student body in first-ever student State of the University address
  • RAD classes aim to protect students
  • Six CWRU students test positive for H1N1
  • Students celebrate sustainability at campus-wide GreenFest

Sports

  • At least Anderson keeps it close
  • First round robin puts Spartans in driver's seat
  • Football Gameday: Case vs. Wooster
  • For Denison QB, first test is daunting
  • Judges bring Spartans down to earth

Fun Page

  • Combo Scramble Solution
  • Crossword Solution
  • Maze Solution
  • Sudoku Solutions

Opinion

  • Drastic healthcare reform unnecessary, wasteful
  • Editorial: USG must take action, stem abundance of resignations
  • Moore's Capitalism: an undeserved bully pulpit
  • Recycling: getting to know your plastics
  • State sex education legislation provides needed overhaul
  • State your case: what do you do on a rainy day?

Focus

  • Acappella for Africa successful fundraiser for Global Medical Initiative, showcases CWRU's multiude of a cappella talents
  • Baker-Nord Center to hold student-run Flip Camera Film Festival
  • Botanical Gardens, Baker-Nord Center present compelling afternoon of poetry reading and composition
  • Cleveland Museum of Art opens Paul Gauguin: Paris, 1889 exhibit
  • Eldred Theater season opens with Heidi Chronicles
  • GLTF season opens with gut-busting Edwin Drood
  • Hitting the Spot: Cody Wood
  • Kid Cudi brings introspective musical perspective to Case Western
  • The Buzz
  • Thinking about summer jobs and real-world employment can never start too early

Cross Country

  • Women emerge from "mud pit" with title

Football

  • Nicely catches 3 TDs in win

Sex and Dating

  • The real reason to get a flu shot

Soccer

  • Streak snapped: Spartans get first UAA win since '06

Spartan Spotlight

  • Spartan Spotlight: Brian Evans

Worst Case Scenario

  • Cold season
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