Volleyball wins last home game of season

The Tartans’ play above the net was key in their two wins this past week. (credit: Thomas Hofman/ Photo Editor) The Tartans’ play above the net was key in their two wins this past week. (credit: Thomas Hofman/ Photo Editor)

On Wednesday, the Tartans hosted their last home volleyball game of the season, a change from the University Athletic Association round robins from the past few weekends. Carnegie Mellon played a non-conference game against Frostburg State University, dominating the Bobcats 3–1. The scores of each game were 25–20, 25–18, 21–25, and 25–17, with the Tartans dropping the third game.

At the games, the seniors on the team were honored for the time, effort, and dedication that they have shown Carnegie Mellon throughout the years.
For the Tartan offense, first-year Ali Celentano led the Tartans with 21 kills; sophomore Rachel Miller was a close second with 17. Miller also put up four service aces for the team.

Another key performance came from sophomore Emily Wright, who had five digs, three blocks, and 29 assists.
First-years Taylor Bell and Ali Nichols were significant contributors to the Tartan victory as well. Bell had seven assists, three kills, and four blocks, while Nichols had 14 digs and two service aces.

On Saturday, the Tartans hit the road and traveled to Johns Hopkins Univeristy in Baltimore. Here the Tartans first played the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays, coming up short in a 3–0 loss. It was a rough match for the team, as the offense was not as strong as in the prior game.

After the 3–0 loss, Carnegie Mellon bounced back with a decisive 3–1 victory over the University of Mary Washington.
After last week’s short break from UAA games, the Tartans currently sit one game above .500 at 14–13.

Next weekend, the Tartans return to UAA round robins and will travel to New York University for this year’s UAA Championship.

“After this weekend we know what we have to do to prepare ourselves for next weekend, and we are ready to work hard,” sophomore Amy Friedman said.