Tartan volleyball wins two

The Carnegie Mellon women’s volleyball team traveled to Chicago last weekend for its second University Athletic Association (UAA) round robin. The two-day tournament was hosted by the University of Chicago. Carnegie Mellon played four games, winning two and moving its season record moved to 14–11 and 4–3 in UAA competition.

The Tartans faced New York University (NYU) and Case Western Reserve University on Saturday, falling to the NYU Violets 3–1 but taking Case 3–0. On Sunday, the Tartans again split their decisions, losing to Washington (Mo.) University 3–0 and beating Chicago by the same score.

Saturday morning the Tartans faced 15th-ranked NYU, falling to the Violets 30–24, 25–30, 30–27, and 30–26.
Middle hitter Malena Yablinsky led the Tartans offense with nine kills. Setter Catie Fisher and outside hitters Amanda Bradford and Becky Metler followed with eight kills apiece.

“We had a few chances to put games away, but we just choked and couldn’t finish,” middle hitter Abbie Toney said. “It’s frustrating to be so close but shoot yourself in the foot and miss serves or not pass easy balls up.”
On defense, libero Kat Fox led the team with 26 digs, followed by Bradford, who had 24. Setter Brea Carlock had 18 assists, and setter Samantha Carter recorded 17 assists and four service aces. Yablinsky and Bradford had seven and four block assists, respectively.

“Our defense was on this weekend,” Toney said. “The NYU coach said we were annoying just because our defense wasn’t letting anything down. We made people earn their points.”

Carnegie Mellon next played Case, sweeping the Spartans in three matches 30–26, 30–22, 30–27.

Bradford led the Tartan offense with 11 kills. Fisher recorded eight kills, and Yablinsky and outside hitter Megan Killeen both had seven kills.

Fox again led Carnegie Mellon’s defense with 15 digs. Bradford followed closely with 14. Bradford also contributed three block assists and three service aces to the Tartans’ defense. Carlock and Carter had 19 and 14 assists, respectively.

On Sunday at 9 a.m. the Tartans faced Wash. U., the number-two team in the nation. The Bears tore Carnegie Mellon apart, winning the match 3–0 (30–24, 30–15, and 30–26).

Bradford again led the Tartan offense with 10 kills. Fisher and Toney had nine and seven kills, respectively. Carlock added 18 assists and Carter added 10 to the team’s offense. “Against Wash. U. we had a no-fear, nothing-to-lose attitude,” Toney said.

Bradford led defensively as well, recording 12 digs during the game. Fox followed with 10. Metler recorded two solo blocks, and Yablinsky had two block assists.

The Tartans finished the round robin on a high note, defeating Chicago 3–0 (30–20, 30–21, and 30–24) early Sunday afternoon.

Fisher collected 11 kills, followed by Bradford and Killeen, who each had eight kills. Carlock picked up 20 assists and Carter had 12.

Defensively, Bradford had 15 digs and three solo blocks. Fox had nine digs, and Carlock had eight digs and four service aces. Yablinsky added three block assists and four service aces. Middle hitter Jessica Brackin contributed three solo blocks and three block assists. Metler rounded out the Tartan defense with two solo blocks and one block assist.

“Chicago wasn’t much for competition, but it was nice to have a victory to head home on,” Toney said.

The Tartans are back on the road this weekend when they travel to Huntingdon, Pa., for the Juniata Tournament. Carnegie Mellon will face Juniata College, Franklin & Marshall College, and Rutgers–Newark in the two-day tournament.