Volleyball drops 3–2 decision to Case, loses 3–0 to Emory
The Tartans’ volleyball team opened up University Athletic Association (UAA) round-robin play in Atlanta this weekend with a nail-biting loss to Case Western Reserve University on Saturday. The team began the match by crushing Case Western Reserve 25–14 in the first game, but dropped two games before recovering to send the match to a deciding fifth game. Carnegie Mellon went down after fighting hard in the fifth.
The women’s team had to turn right back around and play UAA competitor Emory University early Sunday morning, so it was important for the Tartans to stay positive. Junior Kristin Castellano was able to see past this one loss. “Even though we didn’t win today, we saw our true potential. Sunday is a new day and we are ready to take on some of the best volleyball teams,” she said.
In the disappointing loss to Case Western Reserve, senior Aislinn McCloskey and first-year Senna Parsa led the charge offensively with 16 kills each. Rosnick continued her consistent play with 13 kills, while first-year Emily Wright recorded a stellar 44 assists. The women’s team was also strong defensively, as senior Cameron Griffin led the team with 27 digs. First-year Ali Nichols contributed a career high 18 digs, and Castellano followed with 10. Unfortunately, the Tartans could not defeat the third-ranked Emory Eagles. The women played hard but fell in straight sets, 3–0, to Emory. This brings their record for the season to 9–10 overall and 0–2 in the UAA. The volleyball team had to recover again to play later in the afternoon on Sunday against New York University, results available on the Carnegie Mellon athletics website (www.cmu.edu/athletics).
In the match against Emory, the Tartans kept each game close, but dropped the first three to lose the match. The top performers of the day were once again Parsa and Rosnick, who recorded an impressive 10 and six kills, respectively. Griffin was solid again on defense, recording 11 digs, but the Tartans struggled to counter Emory’s attacks.
With one more game to play in Atlanta, the women once again had to keep their spirits up and focus on the next opponent. Rosnick held high hopes for the rest of the season as she commented, “Looking ahead, I’m really excited because we are finally playing up to our potential.”
The Carnegie Mellon volleyball team plays again Oct. 16–17 in another UAA round-robin hosted by Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass. The Tartans will take on Rochester University, Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Chicago, and Brandeis University that weekend. The team’s next home match is on Oct. 26 against Point Park University.