(ST. DAVIDS, Pa.) - The sixth-ranked Carnegie Mellon University women's volleyball team played Ithaca College and Stevens Institute of Technology on Saturday, October 28 at Eastern University. The Tartans fell to Ithaca 3-1 before topping Stevens 3-0 and are now 27-3.
Against Ithaca, senior Eliza Donohue (Lancaster, Pa. / Hempfield) led the Tartans with 12 kills, three blocks, and four block solos. The senior middle blocker hit .407 for the match, as the Bombers won 25-22, 25-22, 20-25, and 25-15. Junior Lauren Mueller (Downingtown, Pa. / Downingtown STEM Academy) hit down 11 kills while junior Sarah Jurgens (Eagan, Minn. / Eagan) put down nine kills. Sophomore Maia So-Holloway (Oakland, Calif. / Sacred Heart Cathedral) had 16 assists, as senior Amanda Thiele (Lakeland, Fla. / George Jenkins) dished out 14 assists. Defensively, junior Kayla Yew (San Francisco, Calif. / Sacred Heart Cathedral) collected 14 digs.
The Tartans faced Stevens in the second match of the day. Mueller hit .533 in the first set with eight kills, as the Tartans took a 1-0 lead with a 26-24 victory. Carnegie Mellon went on to win the second set 25-13 and the third set 25-19.
Mueller finished the Stevens match with 17 kills and a hitting percentage of .395 while Jurgens finished with nine kills. Senior Heather Holton (Haslett, Mich. / Haslett) added a hitting percentage of .462 with seven kills. Yew collected another 14 digs while Mueller had 12 digs. So-Holloway had 19 assists and four services aces.
The Tartans will next play in the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship tournament at Emory University on November 3. The Tartans will open the tournament as the number one seed and face Brandeis University at 12:00 p.m.