(PITTSBURGH, Pa.) - The Carnegie Mellon University volleyball team finished its home DoubleTree Invitational with a clean slate, earning two more victories on Saturday, September 22. The Tartans opened the day with a 3-0 victory against previously undefeated University of Mount Union before closing the night with a 3-0 win against the University of Mary Washington. The Tartans improved to 10-5 after four weekend victories.
In the match versus Mount Union, the Tartans won by set scores of 25-20, 25-17, and 26-24 to give the Purple Raiders their first loss of the season. The Tartans hit above .300 in both the first and second sets and tallied 45 kills for the match.
Leading the Tartans offense was three with double digits kills. Senior Lauren Mueller (Downingtown, Pa. / Downingtown STEM Academy) had 13 kills while senior Sarah Jurgens (Eagan, Minn. / Eagan) and junior Erika Foose (Allentown, Pa. / Parkland) each had 11. Jurgens also hit .417 for the match with two block assists. Mueller was also involved defensively, as she and junior Kayla Yew (San Francisco, Calif. / Sacred Heart Cathedral) each recorded 15 digs. Junior Maia So-Holloway (Oakland, Calif. / Sacred Heart Cathedral) was the distributer for the match, as she picked up 41 assists. At the net, junior Sahara Aqui (Miramar, Fla. / Archbishop McCarthy) had one block solo and four block assists.
The Tartans put down another 45 kills against Mary Washington with Mueller leading the pack with 15. Jurgens followed with nine, Foose eight, and freshman Carrie Stewart (Victor, N.Y. / Victor) with six. So-Holloway dished out 33 assists while she picked up three block assists. Foose led all Tartans at the net with four block assists. Yew picked up 14 digs, as the Tartans won by set scores of 25-21, 25-23, and 25-21.
Next up for the Tartans is the University Athletic Association (UAA) Round Robin #1 to be played at Brandeis University. The first of three matches will start at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 29.