Women's Volleyball Captures ChampionshipBy Roger Crosley
sports information director
The MIT women's volleyball team captured the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III North championship by defeating Amherst (3-2), Tufts (3-2), and Wheaton (3-1). The Engineers avenged a regular season loss to Amherst and a loss in the New England Women's 8 (NEW 8) Finals. MIT, which won the NEW 8 regular season title, placed two members on the All-NEW 8 team, and also claimed the Coach of the Year. Sophomore Kamilah Alexander of Grand Blanc, Mich., was named the NEW 8 Player of the Year and was an all-conference selection along with senior Coleen Kaiser of Barneveld, Wis. Cindy Gregory, in her second season at MIT, was named NEW 8 Coach of the Year and was also honored as New England Women's Volleyball Association (NEWVA) Coach of the Year. Additionally, Alexander was named the most valuable player of the ECAC Tournament and was a first team All-New England selection by NEWVA. Kaiser was an honorable mention NEWVA selection and participated in the NEWVA Senior Classic. Teammate Mari Katada of Ikoma City, Japan, also competed in the Senior Classic.
The Eastern Collegiate Football Conference has also recently selected its all-star teams. Offensively, first teamers included freshman running back Jose DeLeon of Elsa, Texas, senior tackle Jeremy Pitcock from Lawrenceburg, Ind., guard Nick Bollweg, a junior from Canton, Minn., and Jon Duran, a tight end from Las Vegas, Nev. Included on the second team offense were two juniors, guard Corey Foster of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and kicker Dan McGahn from Brigantine, N.J. The first team defense is led by linebacker Nolan Duffin, a senior from Burke, Va., and sophomores Kevin Ferrigno, an end from Berwick, Pa., and cornerback Calvin Newman from Los Angeles, Second team selections were linebacker Andy Carnell, a junior from Cherry Hill, N.J., and tackle Chris Yanney. Yanney is a freshman from Las Vegas, Nev.
NEW 8 All-conference Teams
The end of the fall sports seasons brings the naming of various NEW 8 all-conference teams. MIT is prominently represented by athletes on the NEW 8 teams. In soccer, forward Becky Hill, a junior from Grand Blanc, Mich., was an All-NEW 8 selection. Junior Carol Matsuzaki of Los Angeles, was named to the tennis team in the #3 singles position, and the doubles team of senior Nicole Mitchell and first year student Lily Koo were doubles picks. Mitchell is from Seattle, Wash., an Koo is a Pepper Pike, Ohio, native.
Men's Cross Country
The MIT men's cross country team has moved up to the 19th ranking in Division III nationally. Junior Jesse Darley has qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships by virtue of his fifth place finish in last weekend's NCAA qualifying meet at University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. Darley, a native of St. Paul, MN, ran the 5.1 mile course in 24:49.
Three MIT wrestlers advanced to the finals of the Roger Williams College Hawk Invitational last weekend. Junior Chandler Harben in the 190-pound class from Bedminster, N.J., and senior Jeff Breedlove of Sioux City, Iowa, at 177 pounds each lost by fall to a 1993 All-America in the tournament. Drew Rideout, a junior from Wellesley Hills, Mass., lost a heartbreaking match by one point in the final 10 seconds in the 128-pound class.
Mid-year men's rankings have been released by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association on both the national and regional levels. MIT is currently ranked ninth in the East Region and 25th nationally as a team. The Engineer's top singles player, Jay Muelhoefer, a senior from Cambridge, has earned a 29th ranking nationally and is the eighth ranked player in the East. Muelhoefer and doubles partner Nick Tsai, a senior from Okemos, Mich., have earned the number three ranking in the East and are rated ninth nationally.
MIT Director of Crew Stu Schmill has recently been honored by Community Rowing, Inc. with the Outstanding Volunteer award in recognition of his leadership of the MIT program and his contributions to community rowing.