Cameron Griffin sets school record for digs

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It is a rare and celebratory event when a Carnegie Mellon athlete breaks a school record. During a match against Susquehanna University last week, senior policy and management major and volleyball libero Cameron Griffin broke the 2,000 mark and school record for digs, previously held by current volleyball team manager and alumna Lauren Schmidt. Griffin, a four-year varsity letter winner and team co-captain, has been playing volleyball for 14 years. She has played every position on the team, including setter during Senior Night after a teammate became sick.

After close losses to top-polled teams and three UAA weekends of round-robin play, the sixth-seeded volleyball team will compete in the UAA Championships this weekend.

“It’s really anyone’s game at this point,” Griffin said. “This isn’t our best year, to be honest. We play a lot of top-25 schools, and we’ve had approximately 11 close losses in five games, where we lose the last game 15–12. We just have some trouble concentrating and finishing up the match. We have a young team so sometimes we lose focus. We just want to stir things up, and our goal is to have fun.”

One of Griffin’s best memories with the volleyball team is when the team qualified for the NCAA Championships in 2008 and beat Lebanon Valley College, a school with a nearly flawless 21–1 record at the time, 3–0 in the opening round. To Griffin, this was a statement that proved Carnegie Mellon was among the best teams in the nation and was a force to be reckoned with.

Griffin is graduating early this year, after which she will spend a few months traveling around Europe and looking for a job. This semester, Griffin is overloading her classes and has a busy schedule with volleyball, but still finds time to have fun with team members, with whom she considers to be good friends. She also has a lot of respect for volleyball head coach Kim Kelly, who Griffin said is very maternal and treats the team like her own children. As captain, Griffin helps build cohesiveness and camaraderie with team outings, ice cream runs, and team-building exercises during practice.

“The freshmen can mature a bit and get to know their roles. They are a great but young team. We’re going to just play the best we can,” she said.