Volleyball wins two matches

The Carnegie Mellon Tartans continued their hot streak, winning two out of three matches last weekend in the Round Robin Tournament at New York University. The two wins for the Tartans brought their season record to 9–8.

On the first day of tournament play, the Tartans squared off against Washington (Mo.) University, ranked seventh in the nation. The Tartans would not let the rankings intimidate them.

“The fact that they were ranked so highly pumped us up a lot and gave us a lot of energy,” sophomore setter Samantha Carter said. The Wash. U. Bears displayed their experience in tournament play by jumping out to a quick two-match lead with scores of 30–23 and 30–27, respectively.

The Tartans conveyed the meaning of “never say die” as they came back and won the next two matches by scores of 30–27 and 30–28, respectively, to force a final and decisive match.

“We felt like we had nothing to lose so we felt like we could go all out in the match,” junior middle hitter Chisom Amaechi said. Though the Tartans put up a valiant effort, they would fall short of victory with a 15–7 loss in the fifth and final match. “I was proud but also hungry for that win,” Carter said.

Amaechi led the offense for the Tartans with 15 kills. Carter, reigning University Athletic Association Player of the Week, also aided the offense, providing 53 assists during the game. Meanwhile three other Tartans would help out the offense by scoring in double-digit kills. Senior Abbie Toney provided 10 kills, sophomore Jessica Brackin scored 13, and first-year outside hitter Caroline Size supplied 11.

Despite the loss, the Tartans would not let the match faze them. They continued their tournament play by successfully winning two games on Sunday against the University of Chicago and Case Western Reserve University.

In the first game against Chicago the Tartans proved their ability. Despite losing the first match of the game 24–30, the Tartans hung on and took the next three matches 30–20, 30–28, and 30–26, respectively.

The Tartans did not stop there. In their second game of the day against Case the team took two quick matches by scores of 30–24 and 30–17. Though they would lose their next two games 26–30 and 15–30, the Tartans recovered to defeat the Spartans in the final game 15–8.

After starting out a bit shaky with a record of 4–6, the Tartans have turned on the engine, winning five of their last seven matches.

“I think we’re on a role,” Carter said. “Especially taking Washington to five games, it shows what we’re capable of.”

The Tartans continue their season this weekend with the Carnegie Mellon Invitational. Over the two-day event, the Tartans will face off against the likes of Franklin and Marshall College, Lake Erie College, and the University of Pittsburgh–Greensburg.

“I think now we are in the groove and that it is all uphill from here,” Amaechi said. The Tartans begin their climb this Friday night at 6:30 p.m. against Franklin and Marshall in the UC gym.