GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Mount Union defeated Carnegie Mellon 3-0 in the first round of the NCAA regional tournament on Thursday evening in the Van Noord Arena at Calvin.

The Purple Raiders improve to 31-4 as the Tartans fall to 25-10. Mount Union advances to the second round of the tournament for the third consecutive year.

Mount Union defeated Carnegie Mellon 25-20, 25-23 and 25-21 to take the match in three consecutive sets. The Raiders were led by junior Nicole Snyder who recorded 13 kills and eight digs in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Juniors Sarah Schleich and Brittany Woodard each dished out double-digit assists as Schleich tallied 13 and Woodard had 12.

Freshman Allison Twining added eight kills and 10 digs to the victory. Junior Lauren Mastroine notched 17 digs in the win. Junior Sara Brown and Snyder led the team in blocks with four as sophomore Kara Berger and senior Taylor Webb each recorded three blocks on the night.