The ninth-ranked Carnegie Mellon volleyball team topped Brandeis University 3–2 in the opening round of the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship on Friday afternoon. The Tartans started as the number one seed for the tournament which was hosted by Emory University.
The Tartans (28–3) fell behind a set when the Judges (15–12) won set one by a 25–21 score. In a back-and-forth second set, the Tartans prevailed 30–28 after three straight kills to end the match, with the first two coming from sophomore Sahara Aqui and the set winner off the hands of junior Lauren Mueller, who had five kills in the set.
The Tartans jumped out to a 10–4 lead in the third set before extending the lead to 16–8. First-year Julia Kim served three straight points, starting with an ace, to give the Tartans their largest advantage of the set. The Tartans would later lead by eight three more times before the final set score of 25–17 was in their favor.
After the Tartans fell 26–24 in set four, they moved a 6–6 score in the fifth set to a 9–6 advantage before winning 15–8, with the final three points earned on kills by senior Eliza Donohue, sophomore Maia So-Holloway, and Donohue with the match point.
The Tartans hit their best in the fifth set with 11 kills and zero errors on 25 attempts. Mueller finished with a match-high of 20 kills, as Donohue and junior Sarah Jurgens each tallied 14. Donohue finished the match with zero errors and a hitting percentage of .438. So-Holloway put down six kills on 12 attempts with zero errors along with 48 assists and 24 digs for the match.
Sophomore Kayla Yew collected a career-best of 41 digs with seven assists while Aqui led with five block assists.
The Tartans then faced seventh-ranked Emory University in the semifinals on the same day. The Eagles pulled out a 3–2 victory, knocking the Tartans’ record to 28–4 for the year.
The Tartans pressured the Eagles into 30 attack errors for the match but only two came in the deciding fifth set when the Eagles hit a match-high .269 and won 15–12.
Emory won the first set 25–18 before a battle for the second set went to the Tartans, 29–27. Emory then took a 2–1 lead with a 25–23 win in set three before the Tartans answered with a 25–23 win in set four.
Mueller led the team with 18 kills while Hurgens had 17 kills and Donohue had 12 kills. Donohue led the Tartans, who had 18 block assists, with five block assists as Mueller and Aqui each tallied four block assists.
So-Holloway collected 37 assists and 27 digs while Yew had 40 digs.
On Saturday, the Tartans defeated no. 20 University of Chicago in the third-place match 3–1. With the win, the Tartans improve to 29–4 overall while the Maroons are now 23–8.
Carnegie Mellon won the first two sets by the scores of 25–22 and 26–24 before Chicago took set three 25–15. In the fourth set, in which the Tartans won 25–16, the score was tied at 9–9 before Carnegie Mellon took eight of the next nine points to grab a 17–10 lead and went on for the nine-point victory. During the stretch, So-Holloway recorded three of her four service aces.
The Tartans had two players with double-digit kills, as Jurgens and Mueller each tabbed 14. Jurgens hit .353 while Mueller hit .250. So-Holloway and senior Amanda Thiele totaled 38 of the Tartans’ 48 assists. So-Holloway handed out 22 and Thiele 16.
Yew continued her double-digit dig streak with 17 digs, and her streak is now at 39 dating back to last season. Mueller recorded 13 digs in the win. At the net, Jurgens and Aqui each had three block assists while Donohue tabbed two block solos and two block assists.
The Tartans finished the regular season tied with the most wins, 29, under 13-year head coach Kim Kelly and will wait to see if they receive an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament on Monday, Nov. 6. The selection show will be at 12:30 p.m.
The Carnegie Mellon men’s soccer team closed the regular season on the road at Case Western Reserve University Saturday evening. Despite scoring first for the 14th time this season, the Tartans fell 2–1 to the Spartans in UAA action. The Tartans close at 10–4–3 and 2–3–2 in the UAA while the Spartans finish the year at 7–9–2 and 3–4.
Sophomore Elliot Cohen put the Tartans ahead in the 16th minute when his shot from nearly 20 yards out hit the back of the net. Senior Ryan Stinebaugh earned the assist after crossing the ball from the right side across the pitch.
Case Western Reserve put in the equalizer in the 76th minute off a goal from inside the 18-yard box.
Less than five minutes later, another Spartan scored off a free kick from 25 yards out to give the home team the lead in the 81st minute.
Late in the 82nd minute, junior Zack Masciopinto put a shot on frame that the goalkeeper stopped. Boyle later stopped a shot by junior Anthony Gulli with two minutes and 15 seconds remaining in the game.
Gulli’s shot was the last of the game and the Spartans held on for the home win.
Two goals by senior Sienna Stritter led the ninth-ranked Carnegie Mellon University women’s soccer team to a 3–1 victory at Case Western Reserve University on Saturday evening. The Tartans finished the regular season with a 13–2–2 mark and 5–1–1 UAA record while the Spartans finish the year at 7–11 and 1–6.
Stritter put in the game’s first goal when her corner kick in the 27th minute curved over the keeper and in the far corner netting for her second score of the year.
Two minutes and 20 seconds later, sophomore Emery Noll sent a free kick from 25 yards out on the left side of the field to the far post. Her service sailed over the keeper, grazed the crossbar and bounced across the goal line for her first tally of the season.
Stritter’s second goal of the game came in the 34th minute when she struck a shot from 26 yards in the center of the field to the upper left corner. First-year Ashley Akin assisted on the play with a pass back to Stritter for the shot.
The Spartans broke up the shutout on a penalty kick in the 77th minute.
The Tartans finished the season third in the UAA and ranked first in the Great Lakes region. The Tartans will now wait to see if they receive an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament when the selection committee announces the bracket on Monday, Nov. 6 at 1 p.m.
Women’s Swimming & Diving
The Carnegie Mellon women’s swimming and diving team hosted Division II Clarion University on Saturday, Nov. 4 and won the dual meet 212–88 after winning 12 events and sweeping six.
First-year Stefanie McMillan touched first in the 1,000-yard freestyle in a time of 10:47.17 which was five seconds faster than her previous best time for the season.
The first-year also bettered her time in the 500-yard freestyle when she won the event in 5:17.89.
Sophomore Emma Nicklas-Morris led a sweep of the 200-yard freestyle by finishing in 1:57.21 while first-year Jessica Chau bettered her previous best time in the 100-yard backstroke when she won the event in 59.06.
Senior Kim Hochstedler led a sweep of the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:07.29 with junior Cassidy Smith touching in 1:08.55 and first-year Eliza Bell touching in 1:08.87. Hochstedler also led a sweep of the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:24.17.
First-year Jessica Li was also a double winner for the day when she won the 200-yard butterfly in 2:07.70 and the 100-yard freestyle, which the Tartans swept, in 53.17.
Sophomore Teagan Goforth won the 200-yard backstroke, more than two seconds faster than the second-place finisher in 2:09.74.
First-year Sophy Peng touched first in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:00.05 with senior Mary St. John touching second in 1:00.29 and senior Anna Wong finishing third in 1:00.46.
In diving, first-year Maddie Mianzo was the top Tartan on both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards, placing fourth with 186.83 points on the 1-meter and fifth on the 3-meter with 180.75 points.
The Tartans will next compete against Grove City College and Washington and Lee University on Saturday, Nov. 11 at home. The meet is set to begin at 11:30 a.m.
Men’s Swimming & Diving
The Carnegie Mellon men’s swimming and diving team hosted Division II Clarion University on Saturday, Nov. 4 and won the dual meet 218–83 after winning 12 events and sweeping two.
The Tartans opened the meet with a victory in the 200-yard medley relay with first-year Justin Britton, junior Winston Chu, first-year Max Gonzalez, and sophomore Richard Deng finishing the relay in 1:35.02.
Sophomore Sam Hawke was victorious in the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 1:46.90 while Britton followed with a win in the 100-yard backstroke in 52.97. Hawke won his second event of the day when he touched first in the 100-yard freestyle in 48.09.
Chu won the 100-yard breaststroke in 57.02 and the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:10.31. Senior Matthew Chu was second in the 100-yard breaststroke in 58.88.
Gonzalez led a sweep of the 200-yard butterfly when he finished in 2:01.97. First-year Emmanuel Eppinger was second in 2:03.01 with first-year Bradley Chen touching third in 2:05.08.
Deng won the 50-yard freestyle in 21.51 with sophomore Ryan Fitzpatrick finishing second in 22.15.
First-year Andrew Joyner won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:52.05 with sophomore Rip Lyster touching second in 4:53.49. First-year Thomas Delauro knocked more than two seconds off his previous top time with a third-place finish in 4:55.95.
First-year Tyler Duic recorded a new season best when he won the 100-yard butterfly in 54.00 and the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Britton, Deng, first-year Lukas Marxer, and Hawke closed the meet with a top finish in 1:26.39.
In diving, junior Gabe Bamforth led the Tartans with a first-place showing on the 3-meter with 300.00 points and a second-place showing on the 1-meter with 275.48 points.
The Tartans will next compete on Saturday, Nov. 11 at home against Grove City College and Washington and Lee University. The meet is set to begin at 11:30 a.m.