(ADA, Ohio) – Head Coach Kim Kelly won her 500th career match and 250th at Carnegie Mellon University, as the Tartans opened the 2017 volleyball season at the Ohio Northern University Invitational on Friday, September 1. The Tartans finished play on Friday with two 3-0 victories, the first over Defiance College and the second over Thomas More College. Kelly currently ranks 28th on the Division III active win list with 501.
In the Tartans 25-13, 25-13, 25-21 win over Defiance, junior Lauren Mueller (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown SIEM Academy) led the charge with 12 kills. Classmate Sarah Jurgens (Eagan, Minn./Eagan) recorded nine while senior Heather Holton (Haslett, Mich.) added seven. Sophomore Maia So-Holloway (Oakland, Calif./Sacred Heart Cathedral) tabbed 21 assists and sophomore Kayla Yew (San Francisco, Calif./Sacred Heart Cathedral) had three service aces.
Defensively, Mueller recorded a match-best 14 digs, Yew had 13 and So-Holloway had 12. At the net sophomore Sahara Aqui (Miramar, Fla./Archbishop McCarthy) had three block assists and Jurgens finished with two.
The Tartans finished the day with a 25-13, 25-22, 25-20 victory over Thomas More. Once again Mueller led the way with nine kills followed by Jurgens and Holton each with seven. So-Holloway handed out 20 assists and junior Amanda Thiele (Lakeland, Fla./George Jenkins) chipped in with 11.
At the net, Aqui tabbed five block assists and Mueller along with senior Eliza Donohue (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) each had three. Yew tabbed 21 digs and Mueller had 20 in the win.
The Tartans return to the court on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. against the host Polar Bears before playing Ohio Wesleyan University at 2:30 p.m.