(ATLANTA, Ga.) - The ninth-ranked Carnegie Mellon University women's volleyball team faced seventh-ranked Emory University in the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship semifinals Friday afternoon on Emory's home court at the Woodruff PE Center. The Eagles pulled out a 3-2 victory, knocking the Tartans' record to 28-4 for the year.
The Tartans pressured the Eagles into 30 attack errors for the match but only two came in the deciding fifth set when the Eagles hit a match-high .269 and won, 15-12.
Emory won the first set 25-18 before a battle for the second set went to the Tartans, 29-27. Emory then took a 2-1 lead with a 25-23 win in set three before the Tartans answered with a 25-23 win in set four.
Junior Lauren Mueller (Downingtown, Pa. / Downingtown STEM Academy) led the team with 18 kills while junior Sarah Jurgens (Eagan, Minn. / Eagan) had 17 kills and senior Eliza Donohue (Lancaster, Pa. / Hempfield) had 12 kills. Donohue led the Tartans, who had 18 block assists, with five block assists as Mueller and sophomore Sahara Aqui (Miramar, Fla. / Archbishop McCarthy) each tallied four block assists.
Sophomore setter Maia So-Holloway (Oakland, Calif. / Sacred Heart Cathedral) collected 37 assists and 27 digs while fellow sophomore Kayla Yew (San Francisco, Calif. / Sacred Heart Cathedral) had 40 digs.
The Tartans will now face 20th-ranked University of Chicago on Saturday, November 4 at 10 a.m. in the third-place match.