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CMU volleyball impresses in penultimate home game

Seniors Rachel Miller (left) and Olivia Mora (right) each played two sets against Mount Aloysius College and finished the game with three kills each.  (credit: Jason Chen/Staff Photographer) Seniors Rachel Miller (left) and Olivia Mora (right) each played two sets against Mount Aloysius College and finished the game with three kills each. (credit: Jason Chen/Staff Photographer) Credit: Jason Chen/Staff Photographer Credit: Jason Chen/Staff Photographer

In its penultimate game before the University Athletic Association (UAA) championships, the Carnegie Mellon women’s volleyball team built impressive momentum with a dominating win over Mount Aloysius College.

The Tartans won the first seven points and never relinquished their lead once they scored. In a great team effort, the Tartans took the Wednesday game in straight sets 25–9, 25–10, and 25–8.

On the second point of the game, first-year defensive specialist Molly Higgins made a save in a play that ended up being Mount Aloysius’s last chance to tie the score.

With four aces and mistake-free play including eight digs, Higgins stood out among many strong performances from the Carnegie Mellon side.

She credited her success to the rest of the team. “As a defensive player, a lot of my play is supported by other players doing their jobs first,” she said.

“The block was really strong throughout the match, making it easy to read the opposing team’s offense. The setter was also reliable in getting to the ball every time I got a dig, making it possible for the point to continue,” she said.

Team captain and junior Ali Celentano echoed Higgins’s sentiments about the team’s strong performance.

“It was really good to see everyone on the team step up. We played at the level we wanted to and weren’t slowed down by what was on the other side of the court,” Celentano said.

She expressed optimism for the rest of the season, saying, “Focusing on our side of the court has been the goal for us this season, and I think how well we did today could very well translate into our upcoming matches at [the UAA Championships].”

The team’s net play was extremely impressive. With a 59 percent kill percentage, the whole team was locked in at the net. Mount Aloysius also finished the game with zero blocks, showing just how dominant Carnegie Mellon’s attack was.

First-year opposite hitter Kristen Flint and senior outside hitter Senna Parsa had 10 kills each, while first-year middle blocker Jackie Gibbons contributed both offensively and defensively with six kills and four blocks.

The game itself never felt close. In addition to scoring the first seven points of the game, the Tartans scored nine of the first 13 points in the second set, and 11 of the final 12 points of the game.

Each set was decided by at least 15 points, and the final score did not do justice to how strong a team performance the Tartans put on.

The Tartans kept their momentum going on Saturday, when they defeated Allegheny College in three sets. The two wins from last week improved their record to 23–8 for the season.

The team’s next and final challenge of the season is the UAA Championships held at Brandeis University this Friday.