Rego, Parris lead spikers in 3-1 win
By Jordan J. Ditchek
There are certain moments in sports that we appreciate for the exhibitions of finesse. We enjoy other plays for their displays of sheer power. During the women's volleyball team's victory over
Mt. Holyoke College Tuesday evening, senior Debbie Rego's soft sets and the devastating spikes of Cindy Parrish '92 provided both types of thrills in spans of only seconds.
Superb efforts by Rego and Parrish were supported by a solid team effort as MIT defeated the visiting Lyons, 3-1 (15-9, 7-15, 15-11, 15-7), in a New England Women's Eight Conference matchup.
Effective passing enabled the Engineers to control the flow
of each point for most of the match. They refused to give up a free ball, and for the most part, points were decided by the accuracy of the MIT kill attempts.
Playing aggressively, the Engineers took the first three points of the night, but errant spikes by MIT allowed the Lyons to tie game one at 6-6. The free balls that were then served up by MHC, combined with the diving defensive efforts of An-Na Liu '91, helped MIT win the next seven points en route to a 1-0 lead in the match.
The second game started on a similar note. Five service points by Parrish, including two line-drive aces, enabled MIT to gain a seemingly insurmountable 7-0 lead. Then things got sloppy.
The Engineers were penalized three times on overlap calls. These violations, which result from a player in an illegal position as the team receives the serve, were quickly followed by several unforced errors. Capitalizing on this lapse of concentration by MIT, the Lyons took the next 15 points with confident passing and some impressive kills by freshman Cathy Gustavson. The final six service points of the game were earned by MHC co-captain Jen Mattson.
Game three featured the most exciting action of the evening. Several long volleys were highlighted by great digs and blocks as the teams vied for the lead
in the match. MIT head coach Karyn Altman '78 called timeout as the Engineers faced a 9-4 deficit. Play resumed, and the Rego-Parrish connection contributed four successive kills. The Lyons watched their lead shrink to 11-9, and MIT won the last six points of the third game, aided by
the strong serving of Colleen Johnson '93.
The teams switched sides for the fourth game, but the momentum remained with the Engineers and carried them to a comfortable 10-2 lead. Rego assisted on 13 points in this game, and finished the night with 38 total assists. The match ended fittingly on a powerful kill by Liu.
Although Coach Altman was happy to see her team's record improve to 5-2 (4-0, conference), she was not completely satisfied with the level of the team's play.
"We need to play more consistently if we want to continue to win games," she said. She attributed the comeback in third game to better serving and the defensive play of Parrish and Denise Nemchev '92.
MHC coach Penny Curtis congratulated the Engineers on their victory, saying after the match that "MIT is always a strong team, and we'd like to have the opportunity to play them again later in the year." She praised the overall effort of her young team, which had three sophomores in the starting lineup Tuesday night.
The Engineers travel to Salem State University this evening for a two-day tournament.