Tartan volleyball struggles at UAA Round Robin No. 1

Volleyball team has disappointing weekend.

The Tartan volleyball team traveled to the University of Chicago Sept. 29 and 30 to play in the University Athletic Association (UAA) Round Robin No. 1.

“It wasn’t really a great weekend, but that’s expected with [the] UAA,” sophomore right side hitter Ali Celentano said. “A lot of the teams are top, nationally ranked teams, and we started out with two of the top teams in the conference.”

Their first match was against host University of Chicago, ranked No. 14, which swept the Tartans 3–0 (25–14, 25–16, 29–27). Celentano had seven kills, and junior outside hitter Senna Parsa had six kills and two block assists. Junior libero Ali Nichols led the team with 13 digs.
“I was most proud of how we played in the third set against Chicago,” junior setter Emily Wright said. “We gave a good showing and Chicago did not win easily. The game could have gone either way.”

The team’s next match was against sixth-ranked Emory University Eagles. The Tartans fell to the Eagles 3–0 in three quick games (25–10, 25–13, 25–18). Celentano collected 10 kills, and first-year setter Emily Lawlis had 14 assists.

“We need to buckle down on our serve receive,” head coach Kim Kelly said. “[Emory] ran quite a few serves off of us in one segment, and we just couldn’t recover from that. They ran a very fast offense, and we have to catch up to that offense.”

The Tartans faced New York University for its final match of the Round Robin No. 1. Although Carnegie Mellon won the first game (25–18), New York University won the overall match 3–1 (25–22, 25–15, 25–17). Parsa tallied 11 kills, 11 digs, and two block assists, while Nichols led the defense with 21 digs.

“This past weekend did not go how we would have liked,” Wright said. “However, it was definitely an eye opener for us, and it taught us a lot about how we function as a team. Luckily we have two more weeks to work hard and prepare for our next UAA tournament.”

Carnegie Mellon will host the UAA Round Robin No. 2 this weekend, where the Tartans will play the University of Rochester, Case Western Reserve University, Washington University in St. Louis, and Brandeis University.