(CHICAGO, Ill.) - The 10th-ranked Carnegie Mellon University women's volleyball team pushed its record to 20-1 for the season and 4-1 in the University Athletic Association (UAA) on Saturday, October 14 with two wins at the UAA Round Robin #2 hosted by the University of Chicago. The Tartans opened the day with a 3-0 win against the University of Rochester before topping the hosts by a 3-1 score.
Against Rochester, the Tartans won by set scores of 27-25, 25-17, and 25-23, and hit .211 while limiting the Yellowjackets to a .179 hitting percentage. Junior Lauren Mueller (Downingtown, Pa. / Downingtown STEM Academy) hit .259 and registered 11 kills while senior Heather Holton (Haslett, Mich. / Haslett) and junior Sarah Jurgens (Eagan, Minn. / Eagan) had nine kills apiece. Sophomore Maia So-Holloway (Oakland, Calif. / Sacred Heart Cathedral) assisted on 24 points for the Tartans while senior Amanda Thiele (Lakeland, Fla. / George Jenkins) dished out 10 assists.
Defensively, the Tartans were strong at the back line against the Yellow Jackets where sophomore Kayla Yew (San Francisco, Calif. / Sacred Heart Cathedral) led the team with 20 digs. So-Holloway and junior Sydney Bauer (Allen, Texas / Allen) each had nine digs.
The second match of the day pitted the Tartans against 13th-ranked Chicago who entered the match unscathed in UAA play. The Tartans took set one, 25-22, before falling in set two, 27-25. A strong third and fourth set for the Tartans gave them the victory after 25-18 and 25-22 scores.
The Tartans hit .291 for the match and .312 and .318 in the third and fourth sets, respectively. Mueller led the attack with 18 kills and a hitting percentage of .302 while Jurgens put down 16 kills and Holton smacked down 13 to go with a hitting percentage of .343. So-Holloway collected two career bests with 39 assists and four service aces.
Play at the net was critical for the Tartans who blocked 10 Chicago attempts. Sophomore Sahara Aqui (Miramar, Fla. / Archbishop McCarthy) collected two block solos and five block assists to lead the way while senior Eliza Donohue (Lancaster, Pa. / Hempfield) and Jurgens each had three block assists.
Yew once again led the team with 32 digs, as Mueller tallied 21 and So-Holloway had 13.
UAA play continues on Sunday, October 15 at Chicago where the Tartans will play Brandeis University at 10:00 am CT before facing fourth-ranked Emory University at 2:00 p.m. CT.