Volleyball digs a weekend win

Senior Samantha Carter sets up a ball for sophomore Madeline Rosnick. Senior Samantha Carter sets up a ball for sophomore Madeline Rosnick.

The opening week for volleyball proved to be a full one for the Tartans, who dropped their opening match to Marietta College 3-1 on their home court, but rallied quickly to offer up a decent 2–2 showing at the Battlefield Classic, hosted by local Gettysburg College. They continued their momentum and took the Oberlin College Invitational by force, emerging victorious both days, winning 3–2 on Friday against Notre Dame College, followed by 3–2 and 3–0 victories on Saturday against Manchester College and Oberlin College, respectively. The Tartans now stand at 5–3 overall for the season.

Home court advantage did not prove to be helpful in the first game of the season against Marietta, where the Tartans took the first set 25–15, but found themselves overpowered the rest of the match, losing the next three 16–25, 17–25 and finally 20–25.

Four days later, the Tartans geared up again to participate in the Battlefield Classic in Gettysburg, Pa. They got off to a good start, putting away Gallaudet University 26–24, 25–13, 25–9 and St. John Fisher College 25–18, 25–16, 25–16. However, the Tartans dropped the next two matches against Salisbury College 0–3, and Gettysburg 1–3. Senior Samantha Carter was very productive, ending the weekend being named to the All-Tournament Team with 103 assists and 34 digs. Junior Caroline Size also shined for the Tartans with 19 total kills, while junior Cameron Griffin contributed 18 digs and six aces.

A week later, the Tartans traveled to Oberlin, Ohio for the Oberlin Invitational and wowed fans with an exciting five-set victory against Notre Dame College. After dropping the first set 24–26, the Tartans battled back to claim the next two, winning both by a score of 25–23. The Blue and White fought back to snatch the fourth set 18–25 to force a tiebreaker. The Tartans stepped up their game and finished off their opponents 15–8. Juniors Aislinn McCloskey and sophomore Maddie Rosnick each had 12 kills, while senior Jessica Brackinand, McCloskey, and Size led in blocks, with eight for Brackinand and seven each for the other two.

Still feeling adrenaline from their exciting victory, the Tartans took care of business Saturday by shutting down Oberlin 3–2 and Manchester 3–0 to take the trophy. Against Manchester, the Tartans rolled easily through three sets to take the win 25–17, 25–16, 25–22. McCloskey led the team in kills with 16, followed by senior Jess Brackin with 11. Senior Sam Carter put in 75 total assists, while Size contributed eight kills each game.

Competition resumes next Tuesday in Latrobe, Pa. against St. Vincent College, and on the weekend when the Tartans play host to the Carnegie Mellon Crossover.