#10 Volleyball Defeats Brandeis and #4 Emory to Close UAA Round Robin Play

#10 Volleyball Defeats Brandeis and #4 Emory to Close UAA Round Robin Play

(CHICAGO, Ill.) - The Carnegie Mellon University women's volleyball team, ranked 10th nationally, continued its historic season with two more wins on Sunday afternoon at the University Athletic Association (UAA) Round Robin #2 hosted by the University of Chicago. The Tartans opened the day with a 3-0 win against Brandeis University and then closed play with a 3-2 win over fourth-ranked Emory University to improve to 22-1 overall and 6-1 in UAA play.

The Tartans defeated Brandeis by the scores of 25-13, 25-18 and 25-21. Junior Lauren Mueller (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown STEM Academy) led Carnegie Mellon with 14 kills while sophomore Sahara Aqui (Miramar, Fla./Archbishop McCarthy) recorded nine while hitting .471. Sophomore Maia So-Holloway (Oakland, Calif./Sacred Heart Cathedral) handed out 28 assists and junior Amanda Thiele (Lakeland, Fla./George Jenkins) had 10.

Defensively, sophomore Kayla Yew (San Francisco, Calif./Sacred Heart Cathedral) led with 14 digs. Mueller and So-Holloway each had 12 and 10, respectively. The Tartans totaled 10 blocks with Aqui leading with three block assists.

Carnegie Mellon defeated Emory by the scores of 21-25, 25-23, 25-19, 21-25 and 15-13 in the nightcap. Three Tartans recorded double digits in kills as senior Eliza Donohue (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) put down 19 and hit .447. Mueller recorded 15 kills while junior Sarah Jurgens (Eagan, Minn.) had 14. So-Holloway and Thiele combined for 52 of the Tartans 57 assists with So-Holloway leading with 37.

Yew tabbed a career-best 39 digs to lead the defense. The sophomore has now recorded double digit digs in every match this season. So-Holloway had 12 digs while freshman Diana Balta (Media, Pa./Penncrest) had 11 and Mueller 10.

The Tartans will continue the season at home on Friday, October 20 when they host Denison University at 8:00 p.m. in the opening day of the Carnegie Mellon Mini Invitational.