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Tartans Top #10 Berry, Battle with #1 Juniata

women's volleyball player jumping to set the ball near the net

(HUNGTINGDON, Pa.) - The Carnegie Mellon University volleyball team gave it their all this Saturday with a 3-1 win against 10th-ranked Berry College and a 3-0 loss against first-ranked Juniata College in the Asics Invitational hosted by Juniata College, moving to 5-2 for the season.

Inside The Box Score Against Berry

  • The Tartans won the first two sets by scores of 25-23 and 25-13 before Berry won the third set 25-22 to force the fourth which the Tartans won 25-22.
  • The Tartans hit .252 for the match with Berry hitting .165.
  • Sophomore Elizabeth Schlemmer led the squad with 15 kills while hitting .371 in 35 attempts.
  • Senior Laura Reichard led the squad with 35 digs.
  • Senior Mindee Lai picked up 40 assists.
  • Schlemmer led in service aces as well, collecting three while Lai and freshman Zoe Gavros collected two.

Inside The Box Score Against Juniata

  • The Tartans were leading 19-16 in the first set, and again 22-19, before Juniata rattled off four straight points to take its first lead at 23-22.
  • Juniata was then able to win the set after a 24-24 tie with a kill and a service ace.
  • The Eagles used that set-closing momentum to start the second set with a 5-1 lead. The Tartans took their first lead at 11-10 but it was short lived and the Eagles didn't trail again in the set.
  • The Tartans hit .114 for the match against Juniata's .213.
  • Reichard led the squad with 14 kills out of 30 attempts, hitting .367.
  • Reichard also led the squad in digs with 24 in the match, with junior Abby Chen following with 17.
  • Lai picked up 19 assists.
  • Freshman Neha Tummala picked up five service aces.

Thoughts from head coach Anne Bock

"The competition we faced this weekend was some of the best in the country. After an unfortunate loss on Friday our team's ability to rebound with a very conclusive win against Berry showed just what this team is made of. Juniata is a tough place to play and the Tartans showed tremendous fight. Laura Reichard was just tremendous hitting .367 with 24 digs. We're already a good defensive team and our serving continues to win games for us. This team will just keep getting better offensively as we get deeper into the season."


  • Tummala set a new career record in service aces.
  • This is the Tartans second time facing Berry, with the first meeting coming in the second round of the NCAA tournament last year. The Tartans are now 1-1 against Berry.
  • The Tartans' win against Berry marks the first against a ranked opponent this season.

Next Up

The Tartans will travel downtown to take on Point Park University on Tuesday, September 12 at
7:00 p.m.