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Wellesley Beats Women's Volleyball 3-1

Jiri Schindler--The Tech
Even the solid blocks of Stacey Y. Dozono '97 and Elisabeth A. Sailhamer '99 did not prevent Wellesley College from winning in four games 3-1 in Tuesday's volleyball match in DuPont Gymnasium.

By Erik S. Balsley
associate sports editor

The women's volleyball team played a hard-fought match against Wellesley College on Tuesday but lost 31.

Wellesley won the first game by a score of 159. Although the Wellesley team was taller than the Engineers, MIT did not let that advantage dominate the game very much and made Wellesley work for every point they earned.

The second game got off to a exciting start, and the score was was brought to 53 when Betsy Sailhamer '99 spiked the ball over the net to return control of the ball to MIT. Excellent serving by Nann Kronschnabel '00 led an MIT rally that soon brought the score to 96.

However Wellesley soon had control of the ball again after what seemed like a controversial call against Sailhamer to people in the stands. While playing at the net, Sailhamer and her Wellesley opponent jumped up at the same time, and the ball went out. To those in the stands, the ball last hit the Wellesley player's hand before going out. However, it was a close call and the judge ruled that Sailhamer hit it out, returning the serve to Wellesley.

Another penalty was shortly called against MIT for overlap. Overlap occurs when the players are not in the appropriate service order when the ball is served. However, the call was reversed when the judge realized it was a wrong call. In the end Wellesley won the second game 1511.

In a very close third game, MIT defeated Wellesley 1511 to make the match 21. Wellesley had the serve at first, and it appeared that the team would be off to an early lead when Michelle Fox '99 spiked the ball sideways across the net through Wellesley's net players to return the control to MIT.

The game was close throughout with the lead going back and forth between the two teams. The leads were rarely more than two points apart, and there were several ties during the game.

However, the Engineers soon had the score at 1411 when the serve was returned to Wellesley. A side out soon returned control of the ball to MIT, and the final point was scored to bring the game to 1511.

Entering the fourth game, the match was 21, and there was still a possibility for MIT to win the remaining games to win the match. Wellesley played aggressively and used their height to full advantage to put the ball over the net through the MIT players several times.

The Engineers pulled together and began to play as aggressively as their opponents. Stacey Dozono '97 set the ball for a beautiful spike by Fox which went through Wellesley to signal another MITsurge and brought the score to 127, Wellesley.

The score was soon 129, and a time out was called. After the time out, Wellesley rallied to win the game 1510 and the match 31.

Overall, the Engineers played well and hard. Dozono, the team's captain, said that she "wasn't disappointed in the playing but in the loss." The match was a hard one, and MIT played well against a tough opponent.

The team's record is 129 and 42 in the New England Women's Eight Conference. The next home game for the team will be next Thursday against Amherst College in DuPont Gymnasium at 7 p.m.