Volleyball places sixth in UAA Championships

The Carnegie Mellon women’s volleyball team placed sixth overall in the University Athletic Association Championship last weekend at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, bringing the team's record to 12–22 overall and 3–8 in the UAA.

To start the tournament, the Tartans fell 3–0 to No. 1 Washington University (who finished third in the tournament) 25–12, 25–9, and 25–13. Senior Aislinn McCloskey and junior Maddie Rosnick anchored the offense with a total of four kills each, while first-year Emily Wright chalked up 16 assists. On the defensive end of play, senior Cameron Griffin totaled a hard-fought 12 digs.

Later that day, the team lost 3–1 to No. 15 New York University, winning the first set 25–19 before falling 25–18, 25–12, and 25–20 to the hard-nosed Violets. McCloskey once again directed the court with 15 kills and six block assists, while first-year Senna Parsa and senior Caroline Size totaled 11 and nine kills, respectively. The Tartans fought hard to stay strong defensively, as Griffin led with 19 digs, first-year Ali Nichols had 10 digs, and Rosnick accumulated six block assists. Wright totaled 37 assists overall.

The tide turned for the Tartans on Saturday, as they brought in a commanding 3–0 victory over Brandeis University (25–20, 25–20, 25–17) that earned them a spot in the fifth-place match. Parsa had 16 kills, one block solo, and three block assists, while McCloskey accumulated 11 kills. Rosnick had eight kills, while Wright dominated both offensively and defensively, tallying 40 assists and nine digs. Griffin led the defense once again with 17 digs (teammate Nichols also picked up nine), while first-year Olivia Mora dominated at the net with two block solos and five block assists.

In the fifth-place game, Carnegie Mellon faced No. 23 University of Chicago but fell 3–1 (sets 25–12, 21–25, 25–20, 25–15). McCloskey and Parsa had 11 kills each as Wright had 36 assists. Griffin had 24 digs, while Rosnick had four block assists.