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Griffin sets school record as volleyball battles in Elizabethtown

The women’s volleyball team played two neck-and-neck matches in Elizabethtown, Pa. on Saturday, losing both 3–2. The first match was against the home squad, the Elizabethtown College Blue Jays, and the second was against the Susquehanna College Crusaders.

In the match against the Blue Jays, the Tartans got off to a great start, winning the first two games of the match by a score of 25–15. They lost the next three matches 25–20, 25–17, and 15–12. Senior Aislinn McCloskey led the team with with 17 kills, with senior Caroline Size right behind her with 16 kills for the match.

The second match began with a Crusader victory over the Tartans in a hard-fought battle, 31–29. The Tartans won the next two games behind the defense of senior Cameron Griffin, who set a new school record in career digs during the match. While it was a special day for Griffin, the Tartans fell 25–20 and 15–13 in the final two games.

Griffin, a senior from Lake Forest, Ill., was so close to the digs record before Saturday that the Tartan players came into the game with it in the front of their minds. “It seemed like Cameron’s teammates were more concerned about her breaking the record than she was. They kept asking assistant coach Erica Rau how many more digs she needed when they were on the bench,” sophomore team manager Taylor Gaston said.

Cameron contributed 16 digs in the first match and 22 in the second, which put her two digs past the program’s old record. With a lot of season left this fall, she is expected to significantly increase the gap between her new record and the broken record.

After this memorable weekend, the Tartans find themselves at 11–15 on the season, looking to come back from a rough weekend in Elizabethtown and get a victory against Point Park University today. The volleyball team also plays in the Wittenberg Tournament in Springfield, Ohio this weekend.