Volleyball stands at 1–2 for UAAs

Junior Caroline Size serves the ball while part of the team looks on. The Tartans are 1–2 for UAA play. (credit: Devin Beahm) Junior Caroline Size serves the ball while part of the team looks on. The Tartans are 1–2 for UAA play. (credit: Devin Beahm)

The Carnegie Mellon volleyball team got off to a rough start as they traveled to Rochester, N.Y. last weekend for the opening round robin of University Athletic Association play. The team played New York University on Saturday and third-ranked Emory University in their first match Sunday but fell 0–3 to both teams.

Their luck improved later in the day against the University of Chicago, when they triumphed over the Maroons 3–2. The Tartans’ record for UAA play currently stands at 1–2.

The team was up against NYU to open up the first tournament of the UAA season. After the Tartans started off the first set up 7–3, the Violets rallied back, sending the Tartans to a 22–25 loss. Carnegie Mellon went on to drop the next two games 12–25, 16–25 to wrap up the match. Junior Caroline Size led the attack with a recorded seven kills while junior Cameron Griffin led the backline with 10 digs.

To start off Sunday, Carnegie Mellon dropped a harsh decision against Emory 0–3 with the scores of 23–25, 13–25, 14–25. Seniors Jess Brackin and Megan Killeen each recorded a total of seven kills in the game. Senior setter Sam Carter also finished the game with 29 assists and three digs. Junior Aislinn McCloskey also played well with seven kills.

In their second matchup on Sunday, Carnegie Mellon found their way to victory over the University of Chicago 3–2. After losing the first game 19–25, the Tartans brought it back by winning the next two games 25–18 and 25–22 to take a 2–1 lead. Chicago pushed back at the Tartans’ win in the fourth game 25–21, but the Tartans were able to pull it out in the end, finishing game five 15–9. McCloskey led the attack with 12 kills, followed by Carter with a total of 40 assists and 12 digs.

Griffin was optimistic about this past weekend despite injuring her elbow on the first day’s match. “I felt that my team really stepped up their play in order to help me out. We really came together on the second day of the tournament, and we played as a cohesive unit,” she observed.

Carter tried to bring up the team’s energy as she worked to “fire up the team by focusing on and calling out positive and crazy plays.” Carter also believed her team played well this weekend, saying, “We still passed — set and hit with a lot of success — but we need to focus on perfecting everything since our conference is full of teams that lead Division III volleyball.”

The Tartans hosted Thomas More College on Sunday Oct. 11 at 2:30 p.m. They will head to New York City for the second UAA round robin on Oct. 17–18.