Volleyball hosts Crossover Tournament, finishes weekend 3–1

Credit: Yihuan Zhou/Photo Staff Credit: Yihuan Zhou/Photo Staff Credit: Yihuan Zhou/Photo Staff Credit: Yihuan Zhou/Photo Staff

The Carnegie Mellon women's volleyball team hosted the Crossover Tournament last weekend, competing against Trine University, John Carroll University, Allegheny College, and Johns Hopkins University. The Tartans finished with a record of 3–1, defeating Trine, Allegheny, and Johns Hopkins, and moved to 7–5 overall.

The Tartans began their Friday night by topping Trine 3–1, with scores of 25–23, 25–19, 21–25, and 25–14. The second and the fourth games of this series were especially exciting to see. Seniors Aislinn McCloskey (12 kills and four blocks) and Caroline Size (10 kills and five digs) led the team. Fellow senior Cameron Griffin managed 18 digs on the defensive side. First-year Rachel Miller also made a huge contribution with 10 kills, seven digs, and one block assist. First-year Olivia Mora added four block assists while junior Maddie Rosnick made three. First-year Emily Wright and sophomore Kasey LaMothe made 27 and 16 assists, respectively.

The second game of Friday evening was against John Carroll, where Carnegie Mellon lost 3–0, with games of 26–24, 25–19, and 25–19. The ladies had some success, with Size making eight kills and Wright tallying 18 assists and 10 digs. Griffin also picked up 18 digs. At the end of the day, however, the Tartans couldn't break through to overcome John Carroll.

On Saturday, the Tartans' luck turned around as Carnegie Mellon won both matches against Allegheny and Hopkins. The 3–1 victory over Allegheny was aided by Miller, who contributed 17 kills, followed by Rosnick with 11. Wright picked up 42 assists and three service aces. On the defensive side, Griffin seized 14 digs. First-year Ali Nichols and junior Kristen Castellano both contributed 13 digs, and Rosnick made four block assists. While the first two games were close, at 23–25 and 25–21, the Tartans had more stamina and finished strong with two victories of 25–17 and 25–12.

After the match against Allegheny, the Tartans continued their winning streak by crushing Johns Hopkins in a 3–0 victory, with matches of 25–21, 25–9, and 25–16. McCloskey added 13 kills, followed by Miller with 12. Wright and Griffin picked up 14 and 20 digs, respectively, while Nichols added 13 more. First-year Senna Parsa made five blocks, while Rosnick and Mora made four each.

Great teamwork is what pushed the Tartans ahead at the end of the day. Every kill and block was met with a loud cheer and a round of high fives from encouraging teammates.

With the success of the Crossover Tournament, the Tartans' record now stands at 7–5. Look for the women's volleyball team later this week as Carnegie Mellon takes on Point Park University on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in Skibo Gymnasium.