Sports

Week leaves volleyball at 9–8

A Tartan player leaps to slam the ball over the net. (credit: Jonathan Carreon/Photo Staff) A Tartan player leaps to slam the ball over the net. (credit: Jonathan Carreon/Photo Staff)

The Carnegie Mellon volleyball team has had a busy week. On Wednesday, the
Tartans competed against St.
Vincent College at home, a
game that ended in a 3–2 loss.
The Tartans dropped a close
decision to St. Vincent, who
is now 11–2 overall. Despite
the loss, the Tartans still had
stellar play, led offensively by
senior Caroline Size, who had
21 kills, and defensively by
first-year Emily Wright, who
had 56 assists and 16 digs.

Over the weekend, the volleyball
team traveled to the
2010 York College Spartan
Volleyball Invitational. On
Friday, the team opened with
a win over Rutgers-Camden,
3–0. Their second match versus
the host Spartans went to
fi ve sets, ending in a 3–2 loss
for the Tartans.
On Saturday, the team
started strong with a 3–2 win
over Johns Hopkins University.
But, the team slipped again
with a loss to St. Mary’s College
in a 3–2 decision for third
place.

“We had a couple of tough
losses this weekend,” explained
Wright. “In both of
our losses, the games went to
fi ve matches after we came
back from a 2–0 deficit. The
loss to the York College was
especially hard; the fifth game
ended in a score of 19–17.”
The Tartans left the invitational
2–2, but not without
excitement. Both the offense
and defense have reason to
celebrate. Size recorded her
1,000th career kill and her
current total has reached
1,005. In three out of the four
matches, Wright had over 50
assists.

The invitational marked
the last matches before the
start of UAA matches next
weekend. With an overall
9–8 record, the Carnegie Mellon
team will be facing some
tough teams. Starting opposite
hitter and senior Aislinn
McCloskey commented on the
Tartans’ upcoming matches:
“I think that we’re at a point
where we’re improving and
learning new things about
our team every weekend, and
since we’re so young this year,
that’s really important to be
continuously improving and
working to get better.” Wright
echoed McCloskey: “The team
is clearly getting better and
we’re expecting a good season,”
she said.

The Tartans will begin
round-robin UAA play next
weekend in Atlanta against
Case Western Reserve University.
The team will not play
at home again until Oct. 26,
when it faces Point Park.