Volleyball takes fourth in UAA championship

Last weekend, the Carnegie Mellon women’s volleyball team hosted the University Athletic Association (UAA) championships. The Tartans finished fourth overall out of eight teams. Second-ranked Washington (Mo.) University escaped with a narrow victory against the 13th-ranked Emory University in the final round to win the tournament 3–0 (30–20, 31–29, 32–30). New York University defeated the Tartans in the third-place match.

On Friday, Carnegie Mellon started off strong in its first match against Case Western Reserve University, defeating the Spartans 3–1 (29–31, 30–13, 30–27, 30–11). “I think we did well,” senior outside hitter Amanda Bradford said. “We had a little slump against Case, but we recovered.”

The Tartans carried momentum from the first match to easily defeat the University of Rochester in the second match of the day 3–0 (30–20, 30–25, 30–18). “They are doing really well right now. They’re starting to click,” head coach Kim Kelly said after the game. “If we play like how we can, it’s going to be a great match against [Washington University]. It’s a matter of who shows up today.”

Although the Tartans entered the evening game against Wash. U. with confidence, they fell short, losing to the Bears 3–0 (30–23, 30–20, 30–16). The women’s team played strong in the first two sets, but the Bears’ defense proved to be too much in the end. The Tartans lost to the Bears but placed second in their pool play to advance to the semifinals.

On Saturday, the Tartans lost the semifinal match to Emory 3–0 (30–23, 30–24, and 30–16). Carnegie Mellon added a loss against NYU in the consolation match 3–0 (30–21, 30–23, 30–22) to finish out the tournament.

Senior right side Catie Fisher and junior middle hitter Abbie Toney posted 12 and nine kills, respectively, in the third-place match. For the defense, senior libero Kat Fox and Bradford had 19 and 14 digs, respectively. Bradford also had three blocks, while senior setter Brea Carlock and first-year setter Samantha Carter each had 16 assists.

Although the Tartans were ranked to finish fourth, they had hoped for a better finish playing at home. The Tartans ended their regular season with a 20–15 overall record.