Volleyball struggles in weekend tilts

Three consecutive defeats threatened to send the women?s volleyball team to a last-place finish this weekend at the Fifth Annual Marcia French Memorial Tournament held by Baldwin-Wallace College. However, an inspired effort in the last game led the Tartans to a seventh- place finish in their bracket.

The Tartans lost their first match to Hope College (Mich.), 26?30, 30?16, 30?17, 30?20. Junior right side hitter Catie Fisher led the Tartans with 12 kills and also picked up 11 digs in the match.

In their second tilt, the team dropped a decision to the host team, 21?30, 15?30, 29?31 to place themselves in an 0?2 hole. Fisher again led the team offensively, while junior outside hitter Amanda Bradford picked up 17 digs.

The team dropped one more match to Wisconsin-Whitewater 21?30, 19?30, 17?30, before finally getting their first victory of the tournament. The Tartans took out their frustrations on Oberlin College (Ohio), cruising to a 3?0 (30?16, 30?8, 30?25) victory. Junior setter Brea Carlock had 38 assists, 14 going to Fisher for the match. Junior Kat Fox had four aces and 11 digs to balance off a strong team attack.

This performance came after a strong opening showing at the Ohio Northern University Tournament, where they placed second.

The team?s results were the opposite of their most recent tournament, as they won their opening matches and lost their final showdown against 10th-ranked Ohio Northern in the championship match.

The Tartans rolled past Muskingum College of Ohio and Alma Liberal Arts College of Michigan in 3?1 victories to earn their berth in the tournament championship.

Fox and Fisher each had outstanding performances, leading the team in digs and kills and earning selections to the All-Tournament Team.

The Tartans will play their first non-tournament match next Wednesday when they travel to Washington & Jefferson University. The non-conference showdown will begin at 7 pm.