Volleyball finishes third in UAA, awaits playoff fate

Carnegie Mellon volleyball finished the regular season with one of the strongest performances in school history and now has the chance to receive an NCAA tournament bid. The Tartans finished third overall in University Athletic Association (UAA) play after four strong performances against Case Western Reserve University, New York University, Washington University in St. Louis, and Brandeis University.

The weekend started with two 3–1 wins over Case Western Reserve and New York. In the match against Case Western Reserve, sophomores Aislinn McCloskey and Caroline Size led with 23 and 15 kills, respectively. The Tartans won games one, two, and four with strong defensive performances by sophomore Cameron Griffin and senior Liz DeVleming recording 23 and 13 digs, respectively. In helping defeat NYU, senior Chisom Amaechi tallied 10 kills, three block solos, and five block assists.

On day two of the championships, the Tartans fell to #4 Washington University, which went on to win the conference title. The Tartans came out strong with a 28–26 victory in game one, but the Bears stepped up in the next three games to defeat the Tartans 25–20, 25–10, and 25–14. McCloskey recorded nine kills and three block assists, and junior Jess Brackin added seven kills and two block assists.

The Tartans then played Brandeis in the third-place match, coming away with a 3–0 victory. After losing 3–0 to Brandeis earlier this season, the Carnegie Mellon players were determined to prove themselves and had to work through three long games, but ended up on top with scores of 26–24, 25–21, and 27–25.

“We are really happy with how we played this weekend,” said junior Cara Fatigati. “We played four strong matches and we’re very excited about the possibility of a postseason.”

The team finished the regular season with a record of 22–15 and now awaits its playoff fate, which will be released this afternoon.