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Spartans earn best UAA finish since 2000, grab first ever NCAA berth

Peter Cooke

Issue date: 11/12/10 Section: Sports
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A fourth-place finish, the team's best since 2000, at the University Athletic Association championship came with a cherry on top. On Monday, the Case Western Reserve University volleyball team earned its first-ever berth to the NCAA Division III National Championship, a pleasant surprise for a team that thought its season over after its loss to New York University on Saturday.

"It's great to have gained new respect from our conference and regional opponents," said head coach Karen Farrell. "Earning a bid to the NCAA Championship was certainly a goal for our program, but it wasn't the focal point of our efforts, just the result of doing all the little things well in practice and playing with confidence and determination one match at a time."

The Spartans, along with the University of Chicago, earned their first-ever tournament berth in an unprecedented five UAA teams that qualified for the NCAAs.

CWRU will travel to Frostburg State University in Northern Maryland this weekend to compete in the regional round. The Spartans will open the tournament against SUNY-Cortland on Nov. 12. Cortland is an NCAA veteran, coming into the championship with 22 total appearances and a 33-7 regular season record. The Spartans are the sixth seed in the Frostburg regional and, with a victory, will face the winner of the Frostburg State and Pitt-Bradford University. If the Spartans manage to win their region they will travel to the "Elite Eight" at Washington University on Nov. 19-21.

The Spartans came into the UAA championship as the fifth seed, with their eyes on a finish in the top half of the conference and a slim chance for a playoff bid. CWRU went 2-2 on the weekend, losing to American Volleyball Coaches Association No. 1 Emory University 3-0 in their first match. The Eagles (31-4) took first place in the UAA with a win over third-seeded Washington University (31-3). The Bears were ranked No. 1 in the country but ended up sliding to No. 3 after their second-place finish.
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