Sports

Volleyball defeats Waynesburg University 3–1 at home

Junior setter Emily Wright (No. 6) had three digs and four kills against Waynesburg University.
 (credit: Kate Groschner/Staff Photographer) Junior setter Emily Wright (No. 6) had three digs and four kills against Waynesburg University. (credit: Kate Groschner/Staff Photographer)

Carnegie Mellon’s volleyball team hosted the Waynesburg University Yellow Jackets last Wednesday.

The Tartans lost a close first game (25–22), so the team knew it needed to make some improvements.

“The game against Waynesburg started off slow,” first-year setter Emily Lawlis said. “But after the first match, we came together and agreed to focus on our side of the court. We picked up our energy level and cut down our errors.”

After the first game, the Tartans bounced back to end the match with a 3–1 (25–22, 25–16, 25–16, 25–10) victory.

Before the Tartans took the last three games, junior outside hitter Senna Parsa noticed some things that needed to change.

“It took us a while to get our hitting on point, and we as hitters weren’t being smart with our ball placement,” Parsa said. “Once we got comfortable with the holes they were leaving in the blocks and in the middle of the court, we mixed the offense up with some tips to the middle and some short kills through the seam of the block.”

Sophomore right side hitter Ali Celentano led the team with 14 kills against the Yellow Jackets. Parsa had 12 kills and 15 digs. Junior middle blocker Olivia Mora proved to be a presence at the net with nine kills and five blocks. Sophomore libero Ali Nichols tallied 27 digs. Lawlis collected a season-best 24 assists.

Although Lawlis is only a first-year, she loves the support from her older teammates.

“The upperclassmen are all helpful and encouraging to everyone,” Lawlis said. “They do their best to include the freshmen in everything, on and off the court. I couldn’t ask for better teammates.”

Last weekend, the Tartans traveled to the University of Chicago to play in the University Athletic Association Round Robin No. 1.
Their first match was against host University of Chicago, and then they played sixth-ranked Emory University.

The following day, the Tartans matched up against New York University.

In order to come home with victories, Lawlis believes enjoyment is a big part of the game.

“We need to have fun,” Lawlis said. “When everyone plays their best and has fun while doing so, we win.”

Parsa thinks that positive thinking can benefit overall performance.

“As a team we need to remember that there’s nothing we can do about that point that we just gave to the other team,” Parsa said. “We just have to shake it off and focus on what we can do to get the next point. Right here right now.”

The Tartans will then host the University Athletic Association Round Robin No. 2 in Skibo Gymnasium.