Volleyball ends big week 6–1

The Carnegie Mellon volleyball team started their busy week by overcoming St. Vincent College 3–2 before hosting the Carnegie Mellon Crossover this past weekend, beating Westminster College 3–0 and Muskingum University 3–1 Friday night, but the next day dropping a match to Frostburg State University 0–3 before rebounding to defeat John Carroll University 3–2. This tournament puts the Tartans at 9–4 overall.

The Tartans kicked off their week by beating St. Vincent’s 7–25, 25–18, 17–25, 27–25, 15–11 to improve their record to 6–3. Senior outside hitter Megan Killeen led the way with 15 kills, and senior setter Sam Carter had 48 assists and 14 digs.

A few days later, the Tartans started out strong by outhitting Westminister to win in straight games, 25–17, 25–16, and 25–11. During the second game the Tartans found themselves behind 2–4, and after six more points still trailed 5–7. Momentum shifted in their favor when senior middle hitter Jessica Brackin and Killeen put away two spikes to bring the score to a tie. Junior left side hitter Cameron Griffin held serve for eight points and hit three aces. Junior outside hitter Caroline Size added three block assists and, along with sophomore outside hitter Megan Kaplon, registered several key kills. Carter gave 30 assists, 12 digs, and three kills, and Griffin added 17 digs.

Following the sweep, the Tartans overcame Muskingum in a close match. Brackin, junior opposite hitter Aislinn McCloskey, Size, and Killeen dominated the court with three kills apiece to help take the first game, 25–17. Muskingum rallied back and won the second game, 20–25, after being down 19–16. After a moment of regrouping, the Tartans grabbed game three 25–20 and closed out the match by decisively winning game four at 25–17. Griffin and Killeen led the team with 23 and 17 digs, respectively, while Carter had a game high of 40 assists and two block assists.

“We worked hard and put it away in three [games],” Size noted of the first match. “Hopefully we’re looking for a good season and a good run at UAAs again to get to the NCAAs.”

Carter also added her opinion of the team’s performance. “I think we played really well, and a lot of different people got to play and perform at a high level.”
The final day of the tournament had the Tartans scrambling during the first match against Frostburg, and lost in straight games 25–17, 25–23 and 25–18. Their tough luck followed them to the second match of the day, and the Tartans found themselves down 26–24 and 25–21. Brackin, McCloskey, Size, and Killeen took the lead in kills and helped the Tartans rally back to take the next two games decisively, 25–16 and 25–14. With newfound spirit, the Tartans outhit their opponents to take the final set 15–12. Leading the team in assists was Carter with 55, followed by Griffin with 29, and notable mentions by Killeen and seniors Julie Ng and Cara Fatigati.
The Tartans hit the court again next Saturday in Ohio against Mount Union College.