Volleyball goes 2–2 over weekend

This past weekend, the Tartan volleyball team traveled to Huntingdon, Pa., to compete in the Juniata Tournament.

The team’s first match was against Salisbury University, where the Tartans suffered a 3–0 (25–20, 25–20, 25–18) loss. Junior outside hitter Senna Parsa picked up eight digs and eight kills in the match. Junior middle blocker Olivia Mora tallied four block assists. The Tartans displayed strong defense against Salisbury, with the team finishing the game with 33 digs overall.

“Salisbury was a great team, and we played with them for most of the games, but just couldn’t get the ball back during crucial points in the match,” said junior libero Ali Nichols. “For the next game, we really decided to focus on communication and playing as a team.”

At the end the first day of the weekend-long tournament, the Tartans played Franklin and Marshall College. The team gained a 3–0 (25–23, 25–17, 25–20) victory. Parsa had 15 kills, while Nichols ended the match with nine digs. Junior setter Emily Wright had 17 assists.

On the second day of the tournament, the team matched up against Fairleigh Dickinson University at Florham. The Tartans had a 3–0 (25–8, 25–20, 25–16) victory. Parsa excelled in this match, picking up 10 kills, 10 digs, and four service aces. Nichols also had a great performance with 15 digs.

The Tartans played Juniata College in the last match of the tournament. Although they lost 3–1 (25–21, 25–18, 25–13, 27–25), the Tartans had a strong offensive match. Mora had 10 kills, Parsa and sophomore Alexandra Celentano each had eight kills, and first-year middle blocker Rebecca Wolfinger had six kills.

“Throughout the weekend, they played really well. The [Franklin and Marshall College] match was a really good win,” head coach Kim Kelly said. “They played together and our defense really came together.”

In Tartan victories, the players put together solid performances both offensively and defensively.

The next volleyball game is at home, where the Tartans will host Waynesburg University this Wednesday at 7 p.m.