Volleyball falters at Wittenberg Classic

First-year Olivia Mora (No. 4) reaches up to block a kill attempt. (credit: Jonathan Carreon/Photo Staff ) First-year Olivia Mora (No. 4) reaches up to block a kill attempt. (credit: Jonathan Carreon/Photo Staff )

The Carnegie Mellon volleyball team played a talented Point Park University team last Tuesday in Skibo Gymnasium. The Tartans dropped three straight in this match, losing a hard-fought contest 3–0. The scores of each game were 25–18, 25–16, and 25–19.

Junior Maddie Rosnick led the offensive attack for the Tartans with seven kills, along with senior Aislinn McCloskey and senior Caroline Size, who had six and five kills, respectively. First-year Ali Nichols had 12 digs in the match, and the recent career record-breaker, senior Cameron Griffin, added seven more digs to her new record.

Over the weekend, the Tartans competed in the Wittenberg Fall Classic, where they played some of the top teams in the nation. Their matches were tough, losing each 3–0, as they played the College of Mount St. Joseph on Friday, and Juniata College and the host team Wittenberg University on Saturday.

The team from Mount St. Joseph is one of the best in the nation. The Tartans lost in three games, 25–12, 25–6, and 25–23 in a competitive game three. While the Tartans’ offense was a balanced attack throughout the match, the primary distributor was first-year Kerry Hennessy with 13 assists. She also held down the defense with nine digs, followed by Griffin who contributed seven.

The Tartans’ next match in the tournament against Juniata — recently rankedfourth by the AVCA Division III Coaches Top 25 Poll — ended in a 3–0 defeat, Carnegie Mellon losing the games 25–23, 25–21, and 25–20. First-year Senna Parsa and McCloskey contributed seven kills each, with Hennessy assisting 21 times. Griffin added 15 digs, leading the defense.

The last match of the weekend against top team Wittenberg — polled third in the nation — ended in a 3–0 loss for the Tartans, losing 25–8, 25–22, 25–15. Senna had eight kills, and McCloskey had seven. Hennessy put up 19 assists, and Nichols grinded out 12 digs.

It was a challenging weekend for the Tartans, going up against some of the best competition they will see this season. The Tartans were also without their usual setter, first-year Emily Wright, due to an illness. Hennessy stepped in for Wright and racked up the assists, leading the Tartans in that category in every match at the Wittenberg Fall Classic.

The Tartans’ next match is this Friday, when they play their first round at the UAA Championships.