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Volleyball team strikes at first invitational

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 ) 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)

With only the preseason and the first week of class under their belts, the Carnegie Mellon volleyball team hit the road last weekend to compete at the Ohio Northern University Invitational in Ada, Ohio. The Tartans played two games on both Friday and Saturday, coming out of the tournament with a record of 2–2. This past Wednesday, the Tartans hosted Marietta College and defeated the Pioneers 3–0.

In the Ohio Northern Tournament, the Tartans started off strong by topping Defiance College 3–1. Next, the Tartans faced the challenge brought by the No. 12 seed Heidelberg University. Heidelberg topped The Tartans 3–0. The Tartans struggled in their next game, suffering a 3–2 loss to Ohio Northern University. The Tartans returned to the court for their fourth game of the weekend and clinched a 3–2 victory over Trine University to end the weekend on a positive note.

“There are three freshmen on the team this year,” said sophomore Amy Friedman. “[A]nd as we get more comfortable on the court together our team continues to get stronger. I think we proved that with our win on Wednesday.”

The first-years are making their mark on the team. First-year Ali Celentano has had at least 6 kills each game — she put up ten against Ohio Northern. Sophomore Senna Parsa had a team-high in kills with 16 during the rally against Ohio Northern. On the defensive end senior Emily Baddock has been consistently good this season. Baddock has had at least 7 digs per game, with a high of 21 digs against Ohio Northern.

Sophomore Emily Wright has been a great asset to the Tartans in the transition game as she has had between 20 and 30 assists per game. Wright had 36 assists and 23 against Ohio Northern and Trine respectively and had a game high 19 assists against Marietta.

This Tuesday, the Tartans host St. Vincent College in Skibo Gym. The Tartans will look to improve their regular season record.