Volleyball rebounds with wins on Sunday

After a challenging weekend Aug. 29 and 30 at Ohio Northern University, the Carnegie Mellon volleyball team headed to Washington, Pa. to take on Muskingum College and Capital University in the Washington & Jefferson Holiday Invitational this past weekend. The team started out the tournament with two losses before rebounding Sunday with two wins, moving their record to 2–6.

The volleyball team began its season at the Ohio Northern Tournament playing four quality teams, including the host Ohio Northern, College of Mount St. Joseph, and Hiram and Calvin colleges. The team went home with four losses. The disappointing tournament started with a 3–1 defeat by Mount St. Joseph, in which junior setter Sam Carter recorded 30 assists, 11 digs, and two blocks solo.

The second day of play ended in a 3–0 loss to 11th-ranked Ohio Northern. Carnegie Mellon came ready to play against Hiram. However, they could not hold the Terriers in the third game and lost 3–1. The Tartans finished the weekend strong in their match against Calvin, winning the first two games, but the Knights came alive and recovered in the third game to win 3–2.

Carnegie Mellon entered this weekend’s Washington & Jefferson Holiday Invitational ready to prove themselves after a week of practice focused on defense. Friday night was not what the Tartans had planned for their redemption, as the night began with a 3–0 loss to Muskingum and ended with a 3–2 loss to Capital.

When asked what the team needed to do to turn the season around, junior Cara Fatagati lightheartedly responded, “We need to get to 25 [points] first.”

On a serious note, the veteran believes the wins will come with time. “We need to start to work as a team more consistently and start to trust each other more, which will come with time.”

The Tartans turned their season around the next day, posting their first two wins of the season. Carnegie Mellon took it to the Franklin and Marshall Diplomats, defeating them three games to none. Later in the afternoon, the Tartans continued their streak, beating Penn State Altoona 3–1.

The teams competes in the Gettysburg College Blast this weekend.