The John Carroll University women’s volleyball team traveled to Pittsburgh, Pa. this weekend to play in the Carnegie Mellon Crossover.
They entered this weekend feeling good and owning a record of 7-5. However, four tough opponents in a two-day span saw JCU drop four consecutive matches and fall to 7-9.
In the first match on Friday they faced a very tough Case Western Reserve University team who entered the match with a record of 7-2.
The Blue Streaks fought hard, but could not overcome the power of the Spartan offensive. They lost 25-22 in the first game, and 25-20 in games two and three.
“It’s tough losing three straight games,” said senior Laura Isbell. “We played hard but fell a few points short.”
Their next match was against Point Park University who entered the tournament with a record of 11-3.
John Carroll gave a noble effort in the first game, only to lose a very disappointing opener by the score of 29-27.
“The first game really took a lot out of us. We played extremely hard and it was just disappointing to come up short,” said senior MaryEileen Dalton.
In their next two games the ladies from Point Park controlled the flow of the game and JCU found themselves on the losing side in both games, 25-11 and 25-19.
The Blue Streaks got off to a sluggish start on Saturday to kickoff the second day of competition with senior outside hitter Laura Isbell not being able to play due to injury.
“Laura is a big part of our team. Her presence was definitely missed in our last two matches,” said Dalton.
In her place, the team turned to sophomore Kerry Fox and freshmen Rachel Hasel and Jessica Hammer to fill Isbell’s spot.
The Blue Streaks tried to forget about their play on Friday and shift focus to their two tough opponents on Saturday.
First up was Frostburg State University, who entered the match with a record of 11-3 and was reeling after losing both matches on Friday.
The Blue Streaks struggled early on and would never get on track, losing all three games 25-19, 25-21 and 25-9.
In their last and final match they took on host Carnegie Mellon University.
John Carroll won the first two games 26-24 and 25-21 before Carnegie Mellon rallied to steal the next three, dropping the Blue Streaks 25-16, 25-14 and 15-12 to take the match.
“This weekend was tough, but every match is an opportunity to progress as a team,” said senior libero Celia Mastroine. “I am confident that we have learned from this past weekend and will continue to work hard everyday to be the great team we know we are.”
Mastroine has already started looking forward to this week, adding that she can’t wait to return home to the Tony DeCarlo Center for tomorrow’s non-conference match.
JCU will play CWRU for the second time in a week, a tune-up for Ohio Athletic Conference play which begins Oct. 2 when JCU travels to Ada to take on the Polar Bears of Ohio Northern University.