Volleyball tops Brandeis, U. of Rochester

The Carnegie Mellon University volleyball team played at New York University Oct. 17 and 18 for their second set of University Athletic Association competition. The Tartans triumphed over Brandeis University and the University of Rochester but dropped close decisions to Case Western Reserve University and number 4 Washington University. The Tartans moved their record to 13–10 for the season and 3–4 for UAA play.
The Tartans defeated Brandeis 3–0 in the first game of the weekend. Junior Aislinn McCloskey had a stunning 16 kills in the game, while junior Cameron Griffin had 16 digs. Senior Jess Brackin also contributed to the team at the net with four block assists and one block solo.

In Saturday’s second match, the Tartans fell 2–3 to Case Western after a long back-and-forth battle. The final game led to the Spartans’ win with a 15–12 score. Senior setter Sam Carter collected eight kills and 46 assists during the game while fellow seniors Julie Ng, Megan Killeen, and Cara Fatigati had 15, 12, and 11 digs respectively.

The Tartans started Sunday’s round robin game against Rochester, ending the morning by winning 3–1. Junior Caroline Size led the Tartans’ offense with 10 kills.

Despite the easy win during the morning, the Tartans could not achieve the same results against Washington and dropped a 3–2 decision. The Tartans were very successful, though, being the only UAA team to even score against the Bears. McCloskey again led the offense with 14 kills, and Griffin had 28 digs. Also contributing a spectacular performance was sophomore Emily Baddock with 17 digs.

On Oct. 23, the Tartans faced number 2 Juniata College away. The Tartans put up an amazing fight against the team, but lost 3–0. The team totaled 39 digs against Juniata and earned six blocks in the game, losing in a close three-setter. The Tartans led the second set, but the Eagles were able to tie it up 12–12 and 24–24, pulling it out in the end 26–24.

Rosnick said, “The second and third games were really close. We played well but just couldn’t take the game.”

“They were quick and good — their offense was hard to stop,” added Baddock.

The Tartans will play York College and Geneva College this Saturday at the Juniata Tournament. They will play York College with serving set to start at 1 p.m.