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Volleyball finishes fifth in UAA

No. 6 junior setter Emily Wright sets the ball to her teammates in an effort to finish the play. (credit: File photo by Jonathan Carreon/Photo Editor) No. 6 junior setter Emily Wright sets the ball to her teammates in an effort to finish the play. (credit: File photo by Jonathan Carreon/Photo Editor)

Carnegie Mellon’s volleyball team competed in the University Athletic Association (UAA) tournament last week, playing Case Western Reserve University on Friday and the University of Rochester on Saturday.
In the first game against Case Western Reserve, the Tartans won 25–19, but then lost the next two games 25–15 and 25–13, respectively.

With a 25–20 win in the fourth game, the Tartans forced a tie-breaking fifth game. But the Tartans came up short, losing that game 15–11.

Sophomore right side hitter Ali Celentano gave a strong performance, recording 30 kills in this match. First-year setter Emily Lawlis racked up 26 assists and junior setter Emily Wright added 15. Junior defensive specialist Ali Nichols led the defense with 21 digs, and junior outside hitter Rachel Miller had 17.

The loss put the Tartans in the fifth-place consolation match on Saturday against the University of Rochester Yellowjackets.

Every game in Saturday’s match was tightly contested. The Tartans won the first match 25–22 before dropping the second one 28–26. Then they won the third game 29–27, lost the fourth 25–13, and closed out the match with the victory in game five with 15–9.

Celentano topped her performance on Friday, accumulating 36 kills in this match to lead the Tartans to their 3–2 victory. She also added 19 digs. Junior outside hitter Senna Parsa added 16 kills, and Miller had 12.
Nichols had 23 digs on the defensive end, Miller added 12, and Lawlis had 11. At the net, junior middle blocker Olivia Mora had six blocks.

“I’m proud of the team for playing their hardest, even up to the last match of the season,” said senior defensive specialist Kasey LaMothe.