Away Game Briefs
On Saturday, the Carnegie Mellon volleyball team finished off their regular season when they traveled to Allegheny College.
The Tartans quickly fell behind 2–0, losing the first two sets 16–25, 22–25 before rallying back to tie the match at 2–2, with back-to-back 25–18 wins. Unfortunately, Allegheny regained their composure and finished off the match 11–15 to win 3–2. Sophomores middle blocker Jackie Gibbons and defensive specialist Molly Higgins were dominant in both facets of the game, with Gibbons recording a team-high 15 kills and game-high five blocks, while Higgins led the team with 27 digs.
The Tartans will next host the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship beginning on Friday. Carnegie Mellon will enter the tournament as the third seed.
The Carnegie Mellon men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in the UAA Cross Country Championships on Saturday, hosted by Washington University.
For the women, junior Elizabeth Snyder was the highest placing finisher for Carnegie Mellon, placing eighth with a time of 22:13.04. Overall the Tartans finished fifth as a team, also helped by a strong showing from senior Erin Kiekhaefer, who finished 13th individually with a time of 22:36.61. Both Snyder and Kiekhaefer finished high enough to earn second team all–UAA honors.
On the men’s side, senior George Degen was the best for Carnegie Mellon, and everyone else racing, as he took the top individual spot with a time of 25:05.85, crossing the line more than two seconds before the next competitor.
Degen’s individual win was the Tartans’ first since 1993, when Jim Langer took the crown. His first place finish was also good enough for All-UAA first team honors.
As a team, the Tartans finished second overall, combining Degen’s win with 10th and 11th place finishes by junior Marc–Daniel Julien and senior Joshua Antonson. Julien finished with a time of 25:40.61, while Antonson finished in 25:41.24, with both times good enough to earn All-UAA second team honors.
The Tartans will next compete at the NCAA regionals on Saturday, Nov. 15.