Volleyball continues success at tournament

The Carnegie Mellon volleyball team headed to Boston to compete in the second University Athletic Association (UAA) round-robin over mid-semseter break. The Tartans split results on both days, defeating the University of Chicago and New York University but falling to Emory University and host Brandeis University. The team competed in the Wid Guisler Invitational at Juniata College last weekend, coming away with two wins and a loss.

Carnegie Mellon initiated play against Brandeis, coming away with a 3–1 loss. The team battled hard, winning the first game 25–21, but lost the next three 25–17, 25–18, and 29–27. The second match of the day was an entire reversal as the Tartans defeated the NYU Violets 3–1, losing the first game 25–20 but rallying to win the next three 26–24, 25–21, and 30–28.

On the second day, the Tartans opened up play with a 3–0 victory over the University of Chicago. The team pulled away in three close games with scores of 26–24, 25–23, and 25–22. Carnegie Mellon faced second-ranked Emory in the afternoon and fell 3–0 with game scores of 25–12, 25–20, and 25–22. Sophomores Caroline Size and Aislinn McCloskey led the Tartans in kills for the weekend, each tallying over 20. The Tartans are now 4–3 in UAA play and have been seeded third for the UAA championship.

Carnegie Mellon took a break from UAA play to attend the 2008 Wid Guisler Invitational hosted by Juniata College. On day one, the Tartans faced conference rival NYU in a non-conference match-up and again came out on top. The Tartans defeated the Violets 3–1, winning the first game 25–22, falling in the second 25–19, but dominating game three 25–5, and winning game four 25–23. On day two, the Tartans defeated Washington and Lee University 3–0 but lost to top-ranked Juniata. In the first match, Carnegie Mellon came away with victories of 25–22, 25–10, and 25–22, but could not repeat its success against Juniata.

The Tartans will conclude regular season play Saturday against Westminster College before heading to the UAA championships at Washington University in St. Louis Nov. 7 and 8.