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Volleyball starts UAA round robin play and falls at home

Senior libero Molly Higgins gets in position to hit the ball. Higgins has been a strong defensive player this year. (credit: Courtesy of CMU Athletics) Senior libero Molly Higgins gets in position to hit the ball. Higgins has been a strong defensive player this year. (credit: Courtesy of CMU Athletics)

The Carnegie Mellon women’s volleyball team began the University Athletic Association (UAA) conference play on Saturday with a disappointing pair of losses. They were defeated by Washington University in St. Louis 3–1, and they also fell to the University of Chicago, 3–2. These losses moved the Tartans to 15–4 on the season, but 0–2 in UAA play.

In the match against Washington University in St. Louis, the Tartans dropped the first set 19–25 before reversing the score in the second set and evening the match at 1–1. The Bears went on to take the next two sets, 25–17 and 25–13.

Sophomore Lauren Mueller led the offense in the first match for the Tartans with 13 kills. Senior Emily Newton recorded 32 assists and nine digs, while senior Molly Higgins had 23 digs. Junior Eliza Donahue had two block assists on top of five solo blocks.

In the second match against Chicago, the Tartans dropped the first 25–22 and the second 27–25. They rallied to win the third and fourth set 25–19 and 25–17, but could not complete the performance and lost the fifth set 15–12.

Junior Heather Holton had 14 kills in this match for the Tartans, and Mueller contributed another 13 kills as well. Donahue and sophomore Sarah Jurgens each had 10 kills in the offensive performance for the Tartans, and Newton had 43 assists. Higgins led the defense with 28 digs, while Donahue and Jurgens both had two solo blocks.

These losses will surely put a damper on the impressive run that the Tartans have put together in the beginning of this season, but they can learn from their mistakes in these games to get back into normal form.

On Sunday, the Tartans wrapped up UAA round robin play with a match against Brandeis University. The 3–0 win ended the Tartans' weekend on a high note and improves their record to 16–4. The Tartans won each set decisively, with set scores of 25–13, 25–16, and 25–23.

Senior setter Emily Newton had a strong offensive performance with 18 assists, while sophomore Lauren Mueller had 14 kills. Senior Jackie Gibbons also contribute five kill in the victory. Sophomore Amanda Thiele had eight assists of her own and first-year Maia So-Holloway had six. Senior libero Molly Higgins recorded 18 digs in the win.

The Tartans return to UAA play on Saturday, October 15 as they take on New York University in the second UAA round robin. The game will be played at Brandeis University and is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m.