Women’s volleyball sees first UAA play

Over the weekend, the women’s volleyball team traveled to Emory University in Atlanta to participate in the first round of the University Athletic Association (UAA) Round Robin. The team faced Emory, the University of Rochester, and Brandeis University. Suffering their only loss to Emory, the Tartans ended their weekend 2–1, bringing their season record to 9–9.

In Carnegie Mellon’s first match Friday afternoon, Emory defeated the Tartans 3–1. During the first set, the team came out playing hard to win 30–27, but then dropped three straight to lose the game.

“It was a really tough game,” head coach Kim Kelly said. “Our defense played really, really well and kept us in the game. Offensively if we could have just connected on a few more plays, the outcome could have been entirely different.”

The defense was lead by senior libero Kat Fox and senior outside hitter Amanda Bradford, who had 29 and 21 digs, respectively.
On Saturday, the Tartans recorded wins over both Rochester and Brandeis. In their match against Rochester, the Tartans fell behind after losing the first two sets 30–28. The Tartans rallied to win the next three sets.

The Tartans relied heavily on their bench to win the game. “I really have to give this game to the bench,” said Kelly. “Everyone took it in stride, and they all really clicked and played well to pull out a win.”

Senior middle hitter Malena Yablinsky led the team with 18 kills, while Bradford played another great match, recording 24 digs and 14 kills. Senior setter Brea Carlock aided the win with 48 assists.

Later in the day, the Tartans overtook Brandeis 3–0. Once again, the Tartan defense dominated the game, with Bradford and Fox having 14 and nine digs apiece. Carlock and first-year setter Samantha Carter contributed with a combined total of 38 assists.
Offensively, senior right setter Catie Fisher and Bradford led the Tartans with 12 and 11 kills, respectively. “We played really well, we really dominated the entire game, and we stayed intense,” said Kelly. “This is UAA play; we always have to play intense, and the team did a good job of that today.”

This weekend the Tartans will host the Carnegie Mellon Invitational. Hiram College, Penn State–Altoona, and Wooster College are among the attending teams.