Sports Briefs


The 10th-ranked Carnegie Mellon women’s volleyball team pushed its record to 20–1 for the season and 4–1 in the University Athletic Association (UAA) on Saturday, Oct. 14, with two wins at the UAA Round Robin no. 2 hosted by the University of Chicago. The Tartans opened the day with a 3–0 win against the University of Rochester before topping the hosts by a 3–1 score.

Against Rochester, the Tartans won by set scores of 27–25, 25–17, and 25–23, and hit .211 while limiting the Yellowjackets to a .179 hitting percentage. Junior Lauren Mueller hit .259 and registered 11 kills while senior Heather Holton and junior Sarah Jurgens had nine kills apiece. Sophomore Maia So-Holloway assisted on 24 points for the Tartans, while senior Amanda Thiele dished out 10 assists.

Defensively, the Tartans were strong at the back line against the Yellow Jackets where sophomore Kayla Yew led the team with 20 digs. So-Holloway and junior Sydney Bauer each had nine digs.

The second match of the day pitted the Tartans against 13th-ranked Chicago who entered the match unscathed in UAA play. The Tartans took set one, 25–22, before falling in set two, 27–25. A strong third and fourth set for the Tartans gave them the victory after 25–18 and 25–22 scores.

The Tartans hit .291 for the match and .312 and .318 in the third and fourth sets, respectively. Mueller led the attack with 18 kills and a hitting percentage of .302 while Jurgens put down 16 kills and Holton smacked down 13 to go with a hitting percentage of .343. So-Holloway collected two career bests with 39 assists and four service aces.

Play at the net was critical for the Tartans, blocking 10 Chicago attempts. Sophomore Sahara Aqui collected two block solos and five block assists to lead the way while senior Eliza Donohue and Jurgens each had three block assists.

Yew once again led the team with 32 digs, as Mueller tallied 21 and So-Holloway had 13.

UAA play continues on Sunday, Oct. 15, at Chicago where the Tartans will play Brandeis University at 10 a.m. central before facing fourth-ranked Emory University at 2 p.m. central.

Men’s Tennis

Carnegie Mellon men’s tennis junior Daniel Levine competed in the finals of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Oracle Cup on Saturday morning in Rome, GA, and finished as the National Singles Runner-up. The three-day event was held at the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College.

Levine, the no. 2 seed, played top seeded Mohanad Alhouni from Gustavus Adolphus College and fell 6–4, 6–4. The junior received the James O’Hara Sargent Sportsmanship Award, which was voted on by the coaches.

The James O’Hara Sargent Sportsmanship Award honors players who display outstanding sportsmanship and exemplify the spirit of college tennis during the ITA Oracle Cup. To be eligible for this award, the players must reach the finals in their divisional draw. The award is given in memory of Jim Sargent, former Media Manager for Rolex Watch, USA, who was the victim of a fatal car accident in 2000. Jim was a great friend of college tennis, an ITA All-American who competed with outstanding success and sportsmanship at Lynchburg College, and afterwards continued as a special partner to the ITA in his role with Rolex.

Women’s Tennis

In a battle for fifth place at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Oracle Cup on Saturday, Oct. 14, the Carnegie Mellon women’s tennis pair of sophomore Vinaya Rao and first-year Melissa Strome used a second–set comeback to win the match and finish fifth.

Rao and Strome were pitted against their counterparts from UAA rival Washington University in St. Louis. After a 6–3 setback in the first set, Rao and Strome battled back in the second set to force a super tiebreaker.

In the second set, Rao and Strome found themselves down 3–1 before they tied it at 3–all. The Tartan pair faced match point down 5–3, but pulled even at 5–5, took the lead at 6–5 and then fell behind 5–0 in the tiebreaker before rallying for an 11–9 win. The second-set tiebreaker set the match up for a third-set super tiebreaker with the first side to 10 winning the match.

Rao and Strome rode the momentum to a 5–0 lead and then a 9–2 advantage, before winning the set by a 10–4 score.

Men’s Soccer

The Carnegie Mellon men’s soccer team traveled to Chicago, IL, for a Friday evening tilt with the 14th-ranked University of Chicago Maroons. The Maroons used three second half goals to pull away from the Tartans who are now 8–3–1 on the year and 1–2 in the UAA.

The Tartans had back-to-back corner kicks in the 18th and 19th minutes but weren’t able to fire off a shot until the 35th minute when junior Philip Petrakian’s attempt was wide.

Junior Alec Lam made three saves in net for the Tartans in the first half to keep the score knotted at 0–0 following the first 45 minutes of action.
A minute and 52 seconds into the second half, Chicago (12–1, 2–1), previously ranked first in the nation for three weeks, scored on a breakaway.

Junior Anthony Gulli’s attempt to equalize in the 52nd minute was turned away by the Maroons’ goalkeeper.

Two minutes later, Chicago converted a penalty kick to go up 2–0.

With the Tartans playing down a man, Chicago extended the lead to three in the 80th minute.

The Tartans will continue a three-game road stretch at Washington University in St. Louis (7–3–1, 1–2) on Sunday, Oct. 15 at 11 a.m. central.

Women’s Soccer

The 10th-ranked Carnegie Mellon women’s soccer team traveled to UAA counterpart and No. 1 University of Chicago for an afternoon tilt on Friday, Oct. 13. The Maroons defended their home field with a 2–0 victory. The Tartans are now 8–2–2 overall and 1–1–1 in the UAA while the Maroons sit at 13–0 and 3–0.

First-year Carolyn Botz made six saves for the Tartans who gave up goals in the 10th minute and three minutes before the end of the first half.
Senior Katie Strycharz and first-year Taylor Cammarata put shots on goal for the Tartans while senior Sienna Stritter was off the mark on three attempts.

The Tartans will next face second-ranked Washington University in St. Louis on Sunday, Oct. 15.

Men’s Cross Country

The 16th-ranked Carnegie Mellon men’s cross country team finished second at the Rowan Inter-Regional Invitational hosted by Rowan University with 62 points. Leading the Tartans in the 28-team race was sophomore Evan Yukevich.

The top five finishers for the Tartans all crossed the finish line within a 16 second span. Yukevich finished the race in fifth place after crossing the finish line in 25:06.8. Junior Aadi Mhatre was the second to cross the finish line for the Tartans, finishing 3.5 seconds behind Yukevich in tenth with a time of 25:10.3.

Senior Jordan Safer was only 2.2 seconds behind Mhatre, finishing 11th in 25:12.5, while sophomore Liam Walsh and junior Kevin Cory placed 16th and 20th, respectively. Walsh posted a time of 25:17.3 and Cory crossed in 25:22.0.

Sophomore Stephen Law and junior Jared Moore crossed with times of 25:31.4 and 25:37.4 to place 28th and 35th in the field of 250 runners.

The Tartans will next compete at the UAA Championships on Saturday, Oct. 28, at New York University in New York, NY.

Women’s Cross Country

The Carnegie Mellon women’s cross country team finished the Rowan Inter-Regional Invitational hosted by Rowan University in sixth place out of 26 teams on Saturday, Oct. 14. Leading the team for the fifth race this season was senior Aparna Alavilli.

Alavilli finished eighth in a field of 239 runners with a time of 21:50.9. Sophomore Abigail Levine was next to cross for the Tartans, as she placed 16th with a time of 22:21.3.

Sophomore Emmalyn Lindsey ran the course in 22:54.0 to finish third for the Tartans and 28th overall followed by sophomore Kathryn Reilly. Reilly placed 31st with a time of 22:55.9.

The fifth Cardinal and Gray runner to cross was senior Rhiannon Farney with a time of 23:43.2 in 81st place.

The Tartans will next compete at the UAA Championships on Saturday, Oct. 28, at New York University in New York, NY.

Men’s Golf

On Sunday, Oct. 8, Carnegie Mellon men’s golf team carded a 289 for the second round of the Oglethorpe-Royal Lakes Fall Invitational in Flowery Branch, GA to finish with a team score of 585 (296–289) to place third in a field of 18 teams. The 36-hole event was played at the par-72, 6,856-yard Royal Lakes Golf and Country Club.

The Tartans were led by first-year Jason Li who carded back-to-back rounds of two-under par 70 to finish with a 140. Li tied for third place in the 102–player field. Junior Patrick Tan recorded back-to-back rounds of one-under 71 to end with a 142 and place eighth.

First-year Trevor Arashiro entered the clubhouse on Sunday with a 74 to go along with his opening round score of one-over 73 for a 147. Senior Nikhil Mohan improved eight strokes from his opening round to fire a two-over 74 on Sunday and shoot 156 (82–74) for the 36-hole event. Senior Adrian Del Bosque ended with a 165 (83–82).

The Tartans had one individual enter the invitational, as first-year Jason Folker finished with a 171 (80–91).

Carnegie Mellon will conclude its fall season on Oct. 23–24 when they compete at the O’Briant-Jensen Guilford College Memorial which is being held at the Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, NC.