The Carnegie Mellon University volleyball team had a busy week, playing three games. They hosted Saint Vincent College on Tuesday and breezed to any easy straight set victory. Carnegie Mellon won the first set 25–21 and dominated the second set 25–14. The Bearcats made it a contest in the third set, keeping it close until the very end when Carnegie Mellon pulled out the 25–22 set win. First-year outside hitter Heather Holton led the Tartans with 10 kills in the match, followed by senior right setter Ali Celentano, who had nine kills.
On Saturday, the Tartans played two matches at the Bethany College Quad. Unfortunately, Carnegie Mellon had an off day and lost their first two matches of the season. The Tartans lost both matches in straight sets 3–0. In the first match against Thomas More College, the team came out slow dropping the first two sets 25–14 and 25–12 before putting up a fight in the third set, only to lose 25–21.
In the second game of the double header against Bethany, the Tartans looked less like the undefeated team they were becoming, losing 25–22 and 25–23 in the first two sets and pushing the third set into tiebreak points before falling 27–25.
Sophomore middle blocker/outside hitter Casey Salandra’s 10 kills were one of the few high points for the Tartans in the second game along with sophomore defensive setter Molly Higgins’s 21 digs.
The Tartans will play again next Wednesday when they travel to Marietta College.
Men’s and Women’s Cross Country
On Friday, the Carnegie Mellon men’s and women’s cross country teams competed at the Slippery Rock University Invitational, with each squad placing second.
Senior George Degen led the men with his third place finish in a time of 26:15.03, followed up closely by sophomore Ryan Archer in fourth place, crossing the line at the 26:34.91 minute mark.
The next five runners for the Tartans finished in a bunch among the top 12 with senior Joshua Antonson, first-year Ryan Auld, junior Marc-Daniel Julien, sophomore Curtis Watro, and junior Brian Bollens finishing eighth, ninth, 10th, 11th, and 12th respectively, all of them crossing the line between 26:56.86 and 27:18.17.
On the women’s side, junior Elizabeth Snyder placed second overall with a time of 22:57.88.
In a similar fashion to the men’s team, the next set of runners was clumped together, this time between 13th and 19th place with random Slippery Rock and Mansfield University of Pennsylvania runners caught in the middle. Junior Taylor Maggiacomo, senior Erin Kiekhaefer, junior Priya Patel, senior Hailey Brown, and junior Haley Bryant all finished between 24:26.23 and 24:44.01 in the listed order.
Both Tartan teams race next Saturday at Dickinson College.
The inaugural season for the Carnegie Mellon women’s golf team had another first on Tuesday as the team won its first ever tournament as an official NCAA team.
Playing at the Grove City College Women’s Golf Fall Invitational, first-years Summer Kitahara and Robin Tan took first and second overall, shooting 79 and 80, respectively. Fellow first-years Emma Hoskins and Isabelle Tseng rounded out the team, placing sixth and 19th while shooting 86 and 100, respectively.
On Saturday, the Tartans won their second straight tournament, winning the Thiel College Invitational with a combined team score of 341.
Once again Kitahara and Tan took first and second overall, this time with a 77 for Kitahara and another 80 for Tan. Hoskins shot a 88 this time, and first-year Diana Zhou played as part of the team after entering the previous tournament as an individual, shooting a 96.
Carnegie Mellon will next tee off Tuesday at the Saint Vincent Invitational.
On Sunday and Monday of last week, the Carnegie Mellon men’s golf team competed in the Hal Hansen Invitational.
The Tartans placed sixth overall on the 72 course, shooting a 298 on the first day and a 309 on the second for a combined 607.
Senior Justin Fischler placed the highest individually, with a seventh place finish and a 148 between the two days. Senior Cameron Low and sophomore Jordan Klodowski tied for 16th with a 151. Sophomore George Qian rounded out the scoring team with a 158 across the two days.
The Tartans started competing on Sunday in the Guy W. Kuhn Invitational, finishing up the two-day tournament on Monday.