Volleyball suffers 3–2 loss to Geneva

Luck was not on the side of the Carnegie Mellon volleyball team, which last week traveled to local Geneva College but fell in five games 2–3. The Tartans’ record moves to 9–6 after this match.

The Tartans are currently in the midst of their University Athletic Association play, held in Rochester, N.Y.
The match momentum switched back and forth between the Tartans and the Tornadoes, with the Tornadoes grabbing the first game 19–25. The Tartans rebounded and took the second game 25–17 but dropped the third game at 22–25 after a tough back-and-forth battle. The Tartans won the next game by a hair (25–23) before falling in the tiebreak 10–15.

Leading the Tartans with kills were juniors Aislinn McCloskey and Caroline Size with 17 and 15 wins, respectively. Seniors Jess Brackin and Megan Killeen added nine to the total, followed by senior Sam Carter, who, in addition to six kills, added 50 assists and 14 digs. Junior Cameron Griffin kept the ball in play for the Tartans with a match high of 21 digs.

McCloskey, Size, and Killeen are currently the team leaders in kills, while Carter holds the title of most team assists and Griffin the record of most digs across all categories.
Killeen was optimistic about her team’s future performance, and noted some observations for the past games. “The game highlighted some of our weaknesses, and over the next week and the course of the season we will work on remedying those. When playing Mount Union, every aspect of our game broke down slightly — our offense, our defense, even our communication on the court was not where it usually is,” she said. “We have to work on maintaining all of these aspects of play even in high-stress situations.”

The Tartans will host Thomas More College Oct. 11, with serving set to begin at 2:30 p.m.