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Volleyball team hosts invitational

First-year outside hitter/defensive setter Hannah Wooten blocks a shot by the Mary Washington Eagles, leading to a 3-1 win for the Tartans. (credit: Kevin Zheng/) First-year outside hitter/defensive setter Hannah Wooten blocks a shot by the Mary Washington Eagles, leading to a 3-1 win for the Tartans. (credit: Kevin Zheng/)

This weekend, the Carnegie Mellon volleyball team hosted the DoubleTree Invitational at Skibo Gymnasium. The Tartans hosted five teams and played a total of four games over the course of Friday and Saturday, ultimately finishing the weekend 3–1 against the stiff competition.

In the first match of the weekend, Carnegie Mellon took on the University of Mary Washington and opened the invitational on a high note, winning 3–1.

After eking out a win in the first set, 27–25, the team breezed through the second set 25–12. The Tartans stumbled in the third, falling 23–25, but ultimately put away Mary Washington 25–17 in the fourth and final set. Senior right setter Ali Celentano dominated the service game with five aces, while first-year outside hitter Heather Holton and Celentano racked up the kills for the Tartans with 11 and nine, respectively.

Sophomore setter and opposite hitter Emily Newton and first-year setter Amanda Thiele led the team with 14 and 13 assists, respectively.

Next up for Carnegie Mellon was the 5th ranked University of Mount Union. The Tartans again took the first set, this time 25–23 before dropping the second 16–25. They then rallied and put away the nationally ranked opposition 25–14 and 25–23 in front of a packed home crowd. Celentano followed up the previous game with another five aces and increased her kill total to 22 over the course of the double header. Sophomore defensive specialist Molly Higgins spearheaded the defensive effort with 23 digs.

In the third match of the weekend, and the first on Saturday, the Tartans took on John Carroll University. There appeared to be a bit of a hangover following the big win over Mount Union, with Carnegie Mellon quickly falling.

Not as devastating as the blowout losses last week, the Tartans were able to keep things competitive falling 24–26, 21–25 and 23–25. While the service game was slightly weaker than the night before, the major change was in the number of kills, with John Carroll nearly doubling the Tartans totals 53 to 27.

The final match of the weekend offered some semblance of redemption for Carnegie Mellon as they defeated La Roche College 3–1. They came out strong, just as they had in their previous wins 25–19, before falling in the second set 21–25. Determined to end the invitational on a high note, the Tartans won the remaining two sets 25–17 and 25–12.

Newton and Thiele repeated their performances from earlier in the weekend against Mary Washington, again leading the team, this time with 14 assists a piece.

The Tartans play DePauw University next on Sunday at the College of Wooster.