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Volleyball starts hot, cools down

Peter Cooke

Issue date: 9/10/10 Section: Sports
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The Case Western Reserve University volleyball team traveled to California last weekend and took the west coast by storm. The Spartans swept the opening games on Friday, dropping Chapman University 3-1, and beat hosts Pomona Pitzer College 3-2. Saturday found the Spartans playing the #1 and #2 seeds in the Pacific Coast Classic, Claremont M.S. and University of Redlands. CWRU would fall 3-1 and 3-2 respectively and returned home 2-2 on the year.

The Spartans opened the weekend with a quality match against Chapman, going 25-21, 24-26, 25-22, and 25-17. Forward Rachael Suchy stepped up and led the attack with a team-high 14 kills. Sophomore Breana Freeman led CWRU on defense, notching team-highs in both assists and digs with 29 and 23 respectively.

The team was dealt a huge blow when Senior Beth Karpinski sprained her ankle against Chapman. Karpinski, who missed nearly all of last season with a knee injury, is a key leader on and off the court. Luckily, the team was able to adapt despite the absence of one its best outside hitters.

The Pacific Coast Classic's second game saw some turmoil for the Spartans as they dropped their first set. Suchy and Junior Tricia McCutchan led CWRU at the net, combining for 42 of the team's 65 kills. Suchy averaged a .420 attack average, well above her average of .253 last year.

The team would battle back as CWRU took the next set before storming Pomona Pitzer 21-25, 23-25, 25-17, 17-25, and 15-12.

CWRU met the tournament's top two seeds the second day and were able to play up to the level and style of play on the west coast. Unfortunately, the loss of Karpinski forced Coach Karen Farrell to set a new, unfamiliar lineup.

"We needed to play perfect in order to win on Saturday, and with a new lineup and tougher competition we didn't quite step up enough," said junior Ellie Lyman.

The team would drop the first match in three sets, losing 25-16, 23-25, 25-21, 25-21.

The Spartans limped out of the gate against Redlands, losing the first set by nine points. The team would wake up and alternate the next three sets with Redlands, going 16-25, 25-18, 23-25, 25-23.
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