Volleyball impresses at Case Western

The women?s volleyball team lost their first non-tournament match last Wednesday, pushing their record to 3?5, and 1?5 in their last six matches. On Friday and Saturday, however, looking eye to eye with a tournament that could have put the team in an insurmountable hole, the Tartans stepped up their game to complete four consecutive sweeps.
Playing in their first non-tournament match against Washington & Jefferson College, the volleyball team lost a four-game set: 25?30, 30?28, 26?30, and 21?30. Junior Amanda Bradford, an All-UAA Honorable Mention selection last year, finished the match with 16 kills and 21 digs. Junior Becky Metler added 14 kills, and junior Catie Fisher came away with 21 more digs.
Junior setter Brea Carlock, who in 2004 ranked third in the nation in assists per game, amassed a total of 45 assists in
the Washington & Jefferson match, while junior Kathryn Fox tallied 21 digs. The team as a whole finished with ten blocks against the Presidents.
Despite the players? promising individual statistics, the loss put the team two games under .500 in a very competitive league. The Tartans needed a major spark to reignite their season. They got what they were looking for in their September 16?17 tournament at Case Western Reserve.
On Friday, Carnegie opened their tournament with a sweep versus John Carroll. With their backs against the wall, the Tartans never let the game get close, winning 30?20, 30?16, 30?21.
An hour and a half later, CMU took down Case Western in similar fashion, fulfilling a 30?13, 30?19, 30?21 lopsided sweep. Against Notre Dame the Tartans were again dominant, exploding to their third sweep of the day; 30?24, 30?22, and 30?19.
On Saturday, after beating three tough teams 3?0 in succession the day before, the stage was set for a W&J?CMU rematch in the final game of the tournament.
To open the match, Carnegie dropped its first game of the tournament, in a heated 29?31 loss. The Tartans, though, rebounded and won their next three games, 30?19, 30?28, and 30?12 to take the victory.
With its undefeated tournament, Carnegie currently stands at 7?5, and head coach Kim Kelly is very pleased with her team?s keep-fighting mentality. Kelly, in her first season as the Tartans? head coach, had previously held a head coaching job at Gettysburg College. There she coached the Bullets to a
250?82 record, eight Centennial titles, and eight NCAA championship appearances in eight years.
The Tartans will play their second non-tournament match at home on Tuesday, at 7 pm, against Marietta College.