(CHICAGO, Ill.) - The 19th-ranked Carnegie Mellon University volleyball team will now face Washington University in St. Louis in the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship third-place match on Saturday, November 9 after falling to second-ranked University of Chicago in the semifinals, 3-0, on Friday.
The Tartans opened the UAA Championship tournament with a 3-0 victory against New York University as the four-seed. The Tartans won by set scores of 25-15, 25-15, and 25-17 while hitting .259 for the match with just seven errors.
The offense was spread around by senior setter Maia So-Holloway (Oakland, Calif. / Sacred Heart Cathedral) and freshman setter Stella Yan (Coppell, Texas / Coppell) with So-Holloway dishing out 15 assists and Yan 14 assists. Sophomore Vivian Beaudoin (Washington, N.J. / Warren Hills) and Erin Westberg (Cary, N.C. / Cardinal Gibbons) each hit above .400 with eight kills and no errors apiece. Senior Erika Foose (Allentown, Pa. / Parkland) also had no errors with her six kills. Senior Kayla Yew (San Francisco, Calif. / Sacred Heart Cathedral) picked up 21 digs while junior Diana Balta (Media, Pa. / Penncrest) had 12 digs. Senior Sahara Aqui (Miramar, Fla. / Archbishop McCarthy) led the Tartans at the net with four block assists.
The win pitted the Tartans against one-seed and host Chicago in the semifinals. The Maroons won the match by set scores of 25-8, 25-17, and 25-12, hitting .320 for the match with 12 service aces.
Yew picked up 21 digs and is now second all-time in CMU history with 2,280 digs, needing 77 to be the all-time leader. Beaudoin had eight kills in the loss to led the attack.
The Tartans, now 22-6, will face Washington U. (23-8) on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. in Chicago.