Women’s volleyball dominates tournament

The Carnegie Mellon women’s volleyball team played host this past weekend to seven other teams as they engaged in the Carnegie Mellon Crossover tournament. Teams from Eastern College, Muskingum College, John Carroll University, Capital College, Geneva College, and Otterbein College participated in the annual event. Carnegie Mellon fared well in the tournament, finishing with three wins in four games over the two-day competition.

On the first day of competition, the Tartans faced off against Otterbein College. Carnegie Mellon appeared to pull away, taking as much as a seven-point lead in the match. Otterbein fought back to bring the match within two but could not take the lead, falling 30–26.

The Tartans continued to strike quickly and early in the second match of the game, taking a six-point lead against Otterbein. Once again, however, the Tartans struggled to close out the match. Otterbein was able to close the gap and even take the lead. Despite these struggles, the Tartans fought back and went on to take the match 31–29.

As the first two matches of the game indicate, this competition would be close all of the way through. In the third game with Carnegie Mellon looking for the sweep, Otterbein jumped out to lead the Tartans by seven early on. Carnegie Mellon was able to chip away at the lead and eventually tie the match at 26 apiece. Unfortunately for the Tartans, this comeback was not enough and Otterbein took the match 30–28.

The fourth match also provided a nail-biting contest. Neither team gave much ground as the score remained close for most of the match. However, the energy of the Tartans provided the spark they needed to ultimately come away with the match and the game, 30–24.

“We pretty much had our energy,” first-year defensive specialist Cameron Griffin said. “We picked it up. Our passing was good, our setting was good, and out hitters put it away.”

Immediately following the first match, Carnegie Mellon went on to face Capital College. It was obvious from the start of the match that the Tartans were still exhausted from their previous competition.

“I think we were just tired,” sophomore setter Samantha Carter said. “We still gave it a lot of heart, but just being tired was probably why we played a little worse.”
The fatigue was evident in the scoring as Capital swept the Tartans in three straight matches with scores of 30–21, 30–18, 30–23.

The Tartans did not let the loss get them down, however, as they were eager to face the next day of competition.

Carter mentioned that the team would regroup easily after the loss with a simple solution. “Lots of rest and thinking about not making mistakes,” she said.

Day two of the Crossover tournament started on a high note for Carnegie Mellon, as it defeated John Carroll University 3–2. The Tartans were able to defeat John Carroll with scores of 36–34, 30–19, 27–30, 17–30, 15–12.

The second game of the day for the Tartans saw them play familiar rival Muskingum College, whom Carnegie Mellon had already faced this season. In their previous game with Muskingum, the Tartans had suffered defeat 3–1. The Tartans had not forgotten about that loss.

“Muskingum we’ve faced before,” Carter said. “So we’re going to try to think of what we can do from last time.”

Carnegie Mellon appeared to have put that loss behind them as they were able to sweep Muskingum College in three straight matches with scores of 30–14, 30–28, 30–27.

The win brought Carnegie Mellon’s record to .500 on the year at 7–7. The Tartans have now won six of their last seven competitions and do not have any intentions of slowing down. They continue competition this weekend at the University Athletic Association round robin tournament in New York.