Tartans Finish Seventh at UAA Championship

(NEW YORK, N.Y.) – The Carnegie Mellon University volleyball team finished seventh at the University Athletic Association Volleyball Championship on Saturday, November 5, at New York University in New York, N.Y. The Tartans opened the tournament against nationally ranked Washington University on Friday.

The Tartans dropped a three-set match to the #3 Bears Friday morning by scores of 25-10, 25-13, and 25-19. Freshman Ali Celentano (Mission Viejo, Calif./JSerra Catholic) led with 10 kills while sophomore Rachel Miller (Ann Arbor, Mich./Ann Arbor Huron) picked up seven kills. Sophomore Emily Wright (Fairfax, Va./Chantilly) had 17 assists and four digs in the match. Sophomore Ali Nichols (Portland, Ore./Jesuit) tallied six digs as senior Emily Baddock (Houston, Texas/Dulles) had five digs.

Carnegie Mellon's second match of the tournament was against University of Rochester on Friday evening. It took five sets before the Yellowjackets knocked the Tartans into the seventh-place match. Scores of the match were 23-25, 25-17, 15-25, 25-18, 15-11, as the Tartans won sets one and three.

Celentano led the offense again with 13 kills as senior Maddie Rosnick (Fallsington, Pa./Pennsbury) had 11 kills, one block solo and one block assist. Miller picked up five kills and two service aces while assisting on defense with 10 digs, one block solo and one block assist. Wright tallied 34 assists and two service aces as Nichols collected 12 digs.

In Saturday's seventh-place match against Brandeis University, the Tartans won in three sets, 25-21, 25-23 and 25-20. Miller led with 13 kills as Rosnick had nine kills, sophomore Olivia Mora (San Antonio, Texas/Saint Mary's Hall) had eight kills and Celentano had seven kills. Wright had 33 assists for the match to go with three service aces. Nichols led with 11 digs as senior Kristin Castellano (New Canaan, Conn./Taft) had eight digs and Baddock had five digs. Rosnick finished the match with two block assists while Mora and Celentano each had one block solo and one block assist.

The Tartans finish the season with a 15-15 overall record and 2-5 mark in University Athletic Association play.