Volleyball ends busy week at 4–4

Coming into this weekend, the Tartan volleyball team sat at 2–3 after a disappointing performance at the Haverford College tournament. The women opened up their season with a win at Marietta College, but then dropped matches to Stevens Institute of Technology, Frostburg State University, and Haverford College. In the midst of their three losses at the Haverford tournament, they defeated Neumann College.

This Friday, the Tartans lost another match to Penn State Behrend, but they turned things around quickly on Saturday by defeating Grove City College and D’Youville College, evening out their record at 4–4.
“We played a lot better as a team.... We started to mesh and definitely began to show our true potential,” junior Maddie Rosnick said about the weekend’s matches.

The season has been highlighted so far by strong, consistent play from upperclassmen and impressive performances from a couple of first-years. Seniors Cameron Griffin, Aislinn McCloskey, and Caroline Size have been setting the tone for the Tartans, while juniors Kristin Castellano and Rosnick have been following their lead and playing well. McCloskey is averaging a team-high 2.89 kills per match, and she recorded a whopping 20 kills in the Tartans’ win against Neumann. Size and Rosnick have also been solid at the net, as they are tied for the team lead in blocks. Griffin and Castellano have been forces defensively, averaging 4.05 and 2.23 digs per match, respectively.

Even with sound performances from the upperclassmen, a few of the first-years have been able to assert themselves for the volleyball team. Among those who stand out are Emily Wright and Rachel Miller. Wright is averaging a team-high 7.06 assists per match and also contributing 2.06 digs per match. For her performances, Wright was named the University Athletic Association Athlete of the Week for the first week of the season. Miller has also been solid, averaging 1.94 kills and 2.78 digs per match. While these two first-years lead the pack of underclassmen, the Tartans have also witnessed good play from sophomore Kasey LaMothe and first-years Senna Parsa and Kerry Hennessy.

The volleyball team plays its first home matches of the season in the Carnegie Mellon Crossover Tournament this weekend. Their opponents will be Trine University, John Carroll University, Allegheny College, and Johns Hopkins University. After getting back to .500, the Tartans are looking forward to success for the rest of the season.

“We are a young team, but we are coming together and we have a lot of potential to grow and challenge the big competitors in our league,” Castellano said.