Volleyball keeps perfection past Marcia French games

Junior outside hitter Lauren Mueller gets ready to serve against Saint Vincent College. The Tartans won 3–0. (credit: Courtesy of CMU Athletics) Junior outside hitter Lauren Mueller gets ready to serve against Saint Vincent College. The Tartans won 3–0. (credit: Courtesy of CMU Athletics)

On Wednesday, Sept. 6, the Carnegie Mellon volleyball team, ranked 24th nationally, hosted the Bearcats of Saint Vincent College and swept the match in three sets by the scores of 25–12, 25–5, 25–13.

Carnegie Mellon hit a season-best .450 in the win. For the third time this season junior Lauren Mueller recorded double-digit kills and led the Tartans with 12. Sophomore Erika Foose and junior Sarah Jurgens each finished with six. It marked a career-best for Foose.

Junior Sydney Bauer recorded a career-best six service aces in the victory as the Tartans totaled 13 as a team. Sophomore Maia So-Holloway tallied 20 assists with junior Amanda Thiele handing out 11. Sophomore Kayla Yew led the Cardinal and Gray with 17 digs.

On Friday, Sept. 8, and Saturday, Sept. 9, the Tartans took part in the 19th Annual Marcia French Memorial Invitational hosted by Case Western Reserve University. Against John Carroll University, the Tartans won 3–0 by the scores of 25–17, 25–15, 25–22.

Three Tartans recorded double-digit kills with Jurgens leading the way with 13 while hitting .458. Senior Heather Holton and Mueller each added 10. So-Holloway tallied 26 assists in the win.

At the net, sophomore Sahara Aqui tabbed four block assists with Mueller collecting two. Yew had a team-high of 21 digs and So-Holloway and Mueller added 12 and 13, respectively.

The Tartans opened Saturday with a 3–0 victory against North Carolina Wesleyan, winning the sets by scores of 25–14, 25–15, and 25–14. The team recorded 40 kills for the match with Aqui leading the charge with 10. Holton tallied seven kills on 16 attempts with no errors for a hitting percentage of .438 for the match.

So-Holloway picked up 27 assists while Yew led the defense with 17 digs. Holton and senior Lizzy Thrasher each had two block assists in the win.
Against Hiram, the Tartans dropped the first set, 25–23, before winning the 25–22, 25–21, and 25–15 for their eighth win of the year. 51 kills were put down by the Tartans, including 18 in the fourth set when the Tartans hit .349.

Mueller led three players in double-digit kills with 15 with Holton and senior Eliza Donohue putting down 10 apiece. So-Holloway and Thiele split action at the setter position and dished out 23 and 21 assists, respectively. Yew collected 29 digs while So-Holloway and first-year Diana Balta had 15 digs with senior Hannah Wooten digging up 14 Hiram attack attempts.

The Tartans recorded five block solos and 14 block assists with Donohue leading the charge with three solo blocks and two assists. Aqui was tall at the net with two solo blocks and four assists.

The Tartans are now a perfect 8–0 for the season. The Tartans will next participate in a tournament at Susquehanna University on Friday, Sept. 15 through Saturday, Sept. 16, where the Tartans will open the tournament against the College at Brockport at 5:00 p.m.