Volleyball dominates Elizabethtown, W&J to conclude season
The Tartans volleyball team had an impressive weekend, beating out Elizabethtown College on Friday with a score of 3–2 and Washington and Jefferson College on Saturday at 3–0. This successful weekend moves the Tartans’ overall record to 17–11 for the season.
The team started out their game against Elizabethtown with a loss for game one in a close match of 27–25. Carnegie Mellon was able to rebound quickly and win game two, 25–20. The Blue Jays won game three with a score of 25–17, but the Tartans rallied back to win game four 26–24. Tied at two sets each, the Tartans were able to pull out a win in game five.
The Tartans played well for their senior night, allowing for stunning performances from Jess Brackin, Megan Killeen, and Sam Carter. Brackin had 13 kills while Killeen raked in 12 kills. Carter had a great game, totaling 42 assists, 14 digs, and 5 kills by the end of the night. For the juniors, Caroline Size and Cameron Griffin had an impressive game to contribute to the Tartans’ win. Size tallied 13 kills in the game, and Griffin played defensively, leading the team with 25 digs. Sophomores Maddie Rosnick and Emily Baddock were also able to receive time in the game, with Rosnick tallying 10 kills and Baddock receiving 9 digs.
Baddock said that the game against Elizabethtown was “a little shaky and disorganized on our part, and they were playing well.” However, she said she was confident in her team: “But in the end, we were able to come together as a team and pull out a win.”
For the seniors’ match on Saturday, the Tartans were able to score another win, ending the regular season with a victory again Washington and Jefferson College 3–0. The final scores ended at 25–20, 25–18, and 25–23.
Performance-wise, the underclassmen played well, with sophomore Maddie Rosnick leading the team with nine kills, two block assists, and one block solo. To add to Rosnick’s game, first-year Aubrey Johnson added six kills to the Tartans’ offense. Baddock also contributed to the team with six digs.
Not to be outdone, the upperclassman Tartans also played well. Senior Jess Brackin had six kills during the game and Aislinn McCloskey tallied nine.
As far as the defense, Carter tallied 31 assists and Griffin led the team with 11 digs. Senior Cara Fatigati was also able to rack up three service aces in the Tartan win.
The Tartans will host the opening of the University Athletic Association Championship next weekend on Saturday and will play Chicago at 12 p.m.