Head Coach Kim Kelly won her 500th career match and 250th at Carnegie Mellon, as the Tartans opened the 2017 volleyball season at the Ohio Northern University Invitational on Friday, Sept. 1. The Tartans finished play on Friday with two 3–0 victories, the first over Defiance College and the second over Thomas More College. Kelly currently ranks 28th on the Division III active win list with 501.
In the Tartans’ 25–13, 25–13, 25–21 win over Defiance, junior Lauren Mueller led the charge with 12 kills. Junior Sarah Jurgens recorded nine while senior Heather Holton added seven. Sophomore Maia So-Holloway tabbed 21 assists and sophomore Kayla Yew had three service aces.
Defensively, Mueller recorded a match-best 14 digs, Yew had 13 and So-Holloway had 12. At the net, sophomore Sahara Aqui had three block assists and Jurgens finished with two.
The Tartans finished the day with a 25–13, 25–22, 25–20 victory over Thomas More. Once again Mueller led the way with nine kills followed by Jurgens and Holton, each with seven. So-Holloway handed out 20 assists and junior Amanda Thiele chipped in with 11.
At the net, Aqui tabbed five block assists and Mueller along with senior Eliza Donohue each had three. Yew tabbed 21 digs and Mueller had 20 in the win.
On Saturday, Sept. 2, the Tartans started the day with a 3–2 win over the 22nd-ranked Polar Bears of Ohio Northern before topping Ohio Wesleyan 3–0 in the nightcap.
In the win over Ohio Northern, Carnegie Mellon scored 22–25, 27–25, 25–23, 22–25, and 15–12. Mueller tied a career-high with 19 kills to lead the Tartans. Holton tallied 17 kills while Jurgens and Donahue had 12 and 11 kills, respectively.
Thiele handed out a career-best 31 assists with So-Holloway also recording a career-high with 28.
Defensively, Yew and Mueller each recorded career-highs in digs. Yew led with 35 followed by Mueller with 25. First-year Diana Balta had 17 digs and senior Hannah Wooten had 15. At the net, Donohue recorded seven block assists, Aqui had five while Jurgens and Holton each had four. The team finished with four solo blocks and 24 block assists.
Against Ohio Wesleyan, Donohue led with 11 kills and Mueller had nine, as the Tartans won by the scores of 25–17, 25–23, 26–24. So-Holloway and Thiele combined for 34 of the Tartans 38 assists with So-Holloway leading with 21.
Wooten recorded 14 digs with Mueller and Yew each having 13. Donohue and Mueller both had four block assists and Aqui recorded two block solos and three block assists.
Mueller and Donohue were named to the all-tournament team for their performances over the four matches this weekend.
The 22nd-ranked Carnegie Mellon women’s soccer team faced Capital University on Friday, Sept. 8.
Scoring for the Tartans opened in the second minute when senior Katie Strycharz put in her second career goal and first career game-winning goal off an assist from sophomore Ryan Casey. Casey’s shot attempt was saved by Capital keeper, Kelly Bachman, but Strycharz was there to finish the rebound.
Casey was next to score when she picked off a pass back to the keeper that wasn’t strong enough and finished for her second goal of the season in the 12th minute.
Three minutes later, senior Haili Adams put in a goal off an assist by junior Emily Tolmer to extend the Tartan advantage to 3–0.
Sophomore Sydney Webber and senior Alyssa Brandt put in unassisted goals in the 24th and 41st minutes which ended the scoring for the game. Both players put their first shot of the game on frame shortly after entering the match.
First-year Carolyn Botz played all 90 minutes in goal for the third consecutive game, earning her second shutout after making one save.
On Saturday, the Tartans were unable to get one in the net in a 0–0 double-overtime tie at Ohio Northern University. The Tartans are now 3–0–1 on the year while the Polar Bears sit at 2–1–1.
The Tartans tallied 24 shots for the game and seven on goal that were stopped by the Polar Bears.
Two of the seven shots on goal came off the foot of senior Tori Iatarola.
Botz made one save for the Tartans which came in the 51st minute. She earned her third shutout of the season.
Aside from the two shots by Iatarola that were saved by the Polar Bear keeper, the senior put another two shots off the post in the 70th and 80th minutes.
Next up for the Tartans is a road game at second-ranked Messiah College on Saturday, Sept. 16.
On Friday, Sept. 1, the 20th-ranked Carnegie Mellon men’s soccer team forced overtime at 5th-ranked Kenyon College but were defeated by the Lords by a golden goal in the 107th minute in the season opener for both teams.
The equalizer for the Tartans came with less than two minutes remaining when senior Jimmy Jameson connected on a header that went over the goalkeeper. The shot was the sixth of the period for the Tartans and came shortly after a shot by junior Zack Masciopinto went wide.
The Lords took the lead in the 50th minute when a shot from the left side made it past junior Alec Lam to the far corner.
Carnegie Mellon had a corner kick and two shots in the first overtime but couldn’t get a shot in for the win, pushing the game to the final 10-minute session.
After a corner kick by Greg McNeer, the Lords put in the game winner when Oliver Wynn finished a rebound off a defender.
The Tartans outlasted seventh-ranked University of Redlands on the Bulldogs’ home field, 1–0, Friday, Sept. 8. The Tartans advanced to 2–1 on the season while the Bulldogs fell to 1–3.
Lam made three saves to earn his first shutout of the season and second victory while sophomore Elliot Cohen was the goal scorer for the Tartans.
Cohen’s goal came after 17 minutes ticked off the clock when he finished a cross by junior Anthony Gulli.
The Tartans had three other shots stopped by the Bulldog keeper within the first 24 minutes of play, while a shot by Masciopinto hit the post in the 12th minute.
In the 30th minute, the Bulldogs hit the post with a shot and Lam made his second save of the period 51 seconds before the end of the half.
Lam’s final save of the game came in the 49th minute, as the remainder of the game witnessed four shot attempts by the Bulldogs go wide or high while the Tartans were off the mark on five opportunities.
After facing Pomona-Pitzer Colleges on Sunday, Sept. 10, the Tartans will next play against Westminster at home on Friday, Sept. 15.
Men’s Cross Country
The Carnegie Mellon men’s cross country team opened its 2017 season at the Duquesne University Duals on Saturday, Sept. 2 in Schenley Park. The Tartans defeated Youngstown State University and Indian University of Pennsylvania, as they competed against three Division I schools and one Division II squad in IUP.
The Tartans were led by junior Aadi Mhatre who finished the 8K race 11th overall in a time of 26:26.1. Senior Jordan Safer finished 3.5 seconds behind Mhatre in 12th with a time of 26:29.6.
The next five Carnegie Mellon runners finished intermittently in the top 23. First, was first-year Andrew Singh with a time of 26:32.3 followed by sophomore Liam Walsh with a time of 26:35.1. Next to finish were junior Kevin Cory with a time of 26:40.8 and sophomore Evan Yukevich finishing for the Tartans with a time of 26:42.5. Josh Kalapos finished 23rd with a time of 26:48.1, beating the next runner by 0.7 seconds.
The Tartans will be back on the course on Saturday, Sept. 16, when they travel to Meadville, PA to race in the Allegheny Invitational.
Women’s Cross Country
The Carnegie Mellon women’s cross country team started the 2017 season at the Duquesne Duals in Schenley Park on Saturday, Sept. 2. With the dual scoring, Carnegie Mellon defeated Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Robert Morris University and Youngstown State University.
Senior Aparna Alavilli led the Tartans against a field of Division I and II runners, placing 13th overall in a time of 19:07.9 along the 5K course. Finishing second for the Tartans was sophomore Abigail Levine in a time of 19:26.5.
Sophomore Emmalyn Lindsey crossed the finish line in 19:39.1 and placed 23rd overall and third for the Tartans. Behind Lindsey were first-year Jill Nelson in 20:02.8 and sophomore Kate Reilly in 20:26.8.
The sixth Tartan to finish the race was first-year Parvathi Meyyappan in a time of 20:53.3 to place 48th overall in her first collegiate race. Junior Alice Duan recorded a time of 21:17.7.
The Tartans will next race at the Allegheny Invitational in Meadville, PA, on Saturday, Sept. 16.
The Carnegie Mellon women’s tennis team opened its season with a 5–0 victory at Grove City College on Tuesday, Sept. 5. The Tartans lineup consisted of six first-years while the match was halted during singles play due to rain.
First-years Elizabeth Schulz and Nila Ramaswamy gave the Tartans their first point of the match with an 8–1 win at No. 3 doubles. Shortly after, first-years Hannah Rosenfield and Alex Iordache won by the identical score at No. 2 doubles. First-years Melissa Strome and Alexandra Cash finished the sweep of doubles play with an 8–4 win at No. 1.
Ramaswamy and Iordache both won in straight sets in singles play to seal the Tartan victory. Ramaswamy won 6–0, 6–0 at No. 6 singles and Iordache won 6–1, 6–1 at No. 4.
The Tartans will next compete at the Kenyon Invitational from Saturday, Sept. 16 to Sunday, Sept. 17.