Tartans Open Home Invite with Two Wins

(PITTSBURGH, Pa.) – The Carnegie Mellon University volleyball team opened it's home invitational with two wins Friday, September 23 in Wiegand Gym. The Tartans move to 10-5 on the season as they defeated King's College 3-0 and the University of Scranton 3-1. Freshman Ali Celentano (Mission Viejo, Calif./JSerra Catholic) led the offensive charge in the close match with Scranton.

Against King's College, the Tartans won by scores of 25-12, 25-17 and 25-11. The team totaled 28 kills as freshman setter Taylor Bell (Shelby Twp., Mich./Detroit Country Day )collected 22 assists. Sophomore Senna Parsa (Bellevue, Wash./Newport) finished with eight kills while Celentano hit .300 with four kills. Bell also recorded two kills in three attempts while sophomore Kerry Hennessy (Walnut Creek, Calif./Bentley) hit .429 with three kills and no errors in seven attempts.

Defensively, sophomore Ali Nichols (Portland, Ore./Jesuit) led with six digs as sophomore Olivia Mora (San Antonio, Texas/Saint Mary's Hall), Celentano and junior Emma Olsen (Oakland, Calif./Bishop O'Dowd) had three block assists apiece.

Celentano followed her .300 hit performance against King's with a .535 hitting percentage against Scranton with 16 kills and only one error. Sophomore Rachel Miller (Ann Arbor, Mich./Ann Arbor Huron) tallied 12 kills while Parsa finished the match with 11. Also having a great offensive match was senior Maddie Rosnick (Fallsington, Pa./Pennsbury) with six kills and zero errors.

Sophomore Emily Wright (Fairfax, Va./Chantilly) collected 37 assists in the four game match along with a block assist. Nichols led with 19 digs while Miller had 11 and senior Emily Baddock (Houston, Texas/Dulles) picked up 10.

The Tartans will continue action in their home tournament with a 4:00 p.m. match against DeSales University on Saturday.