Volleyball emerges victorious at CMU quad

After a week of matches against four different opponents, Carnegie Mellon’s volleyball team emerged victorious.

The team started out on Tuesday with a five-game win over St. Vincent College, playing the matches in Bearcat territory in Latrobe, Pa. With a strong comeback, they were able to defeat the Bearcats in an intense fight for the victory title. The 3–2 victory evened the Tartans’ record to 5–5, and left the team confident to play in the following two matches on Friday and Saturday.

With intense conditioning and a tough preseason under their belts, Carnegie Mellon was able to quickly spring back into shape after the summer. Also, having only four newcomers to the team, they established a strong team chemistry that helped them stay “friends on and off the court, so when they practice it’s like hanging out with friends,” said seniors Emily Baddock and Kristin Castellano.

The Tartans opened up their quad tournament at home with a 3–0 win over Adrian College last Friday.

Sophomore Rachel Miller kept the team strong with 10 kills, with sophomore Senna Parsa totaling a close nine. Sophomore Emily Wright was also a key asset to the match, leading the team with 21 assists as well as eight digs. The match was an overall strong start to the women’s last day of the tournament.

The Tartans’ tournament finished on Saturday, after they emerged with two wins.

Carnegie Mellon started the day out with a match against John Carroll University. Although they lost the opening game 25–22, the Tartans came back and finished with three wins at 25–14, 25–17, and 25–21. Sophomore Rachel Miller led the offense with 17 kills and a .250 hitting percentage. Parsa was again a strong contributor, totaling 15 kills, and first-year Ali Celentano collected nine kills of her own.

The second match was against the Westminster College Titans, where the Tartans emerged victorious 3–2 after two initial losses. However, the last three games, ending with scores of 25–17, 25–21, and 15–11, gave Carnegie Mellon the win. Senior Maddie Rosnick was a key player at the net, collecting five block assists.
As a senior on the team, Rosnick’s goal is to help lead the team to the NCAA tournament this year. “I was lucky enough to experience the NCAA tournament as a freshman and would love to be able to have that experience again. The team has a lot of talent, and I believe we deserve a chance in that tournament,” Rosnik said.

The Tartans will have their next match this coming weekend when they host an invitational on Friday and Saturday in the University Center. Their own matches will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, as they will attempt to extend their wining streak.