(HUNTINGDON, Pa.) - The 24th-ranked Carnegie Mellon University volleyball team swept through two matches at Juniata College on Saturday, October 24, defeating Geneva College and Bridgewater College by 3-0 scores. The Tartans are now 24-6 on the year.
In the day's opening match against Geneva, the Tartans defeated the Golden Tornadoes by game scores of 25-16, 30-28, and 25-14. Freshman Lauren Mueller (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown SIEM Academy) led with 14 kills while junior Emily Newton (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Chadwick School) collected 41 assists. Junior Molly Higgins (Vero Beach, Fla./Vero Beach) led with 19 digs while freshman Sydney Bauer (Allen, Texas/Allen) had 16 digs.
In the team's final match of the weekend, the Tartans defeated Bridgewater 25-20, 25-11 and 25-16. Junior Casey Salandra (Carol Steam, Ill./St. Francis) led the offense with 10 kills while Newton collected 23 assists and sophomore Amanda Thiele (Lakeland, Fla./George Jenkins) picked up 15 assists. Higgins again led with 11 digs while junior Jackie Gibbons (Evanston, Ill./Evanston Township) had one block solo and four block assists. Salandra also picked up three block assists.
The Tartans will return to action on Friday, October 30 when they host Point Park University at 7:00 p.m. in Skibo Gymnasium for the last regular season match of the season.