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Women's Volleyball Plays Well to Avenge Earlier Season Losses

By Paul Dill
TEAM Coach

The women's volleyball team sent some shockwaves through the New England Women's Eight conference this past weekend by upsetting Wellesley College and Smith College to finish second out of 16 teams in the Hall of Fame Classic Volleyball Tourn-ament.

In pool play, MIT first defeated Bowdoin College 30 (158, 1513, 157). In their second match, the Engineers had to face off against Wellesley to whom they had lost earlier in the week at MIT. This time MIT got revenge by beating Wellesley in a five-game match 32 (415, 1510, 1513, 1115, 1512).

The Engineers played their final match of pool play against Bridgewater State College. MIT beat their opponents easily to win the match 30 (1614, 154, 1513).

Having won their pool, the Engineers then went on to the semifinals to face Smith, a team that also had beaten MIT earlier in the season. This time the Engineers took the match 32 (159, 615, 159, 815, 1512) to surprise Smith.

This victory put MIT into the finals of the tournament against Springfield College, which is ranked second in all of New England. Unfortunately, the Engineers could not quite put together three upsets in one weekend and were shut out by Springfield 30 (1513, 157, 156).

The team was led by Betsy Sailhamer '99, who not only made the all-tournament team but had 74 kills for the weekend. Jill Eich '99 had 72 kills for the weekend while Mayleen Ting '99 and Michelle Fox '99 had 25 and 27 kills apiece.

Senior setter Stacey Dozono '97 was also instrumental to the team's success with 168 assists for the tournament.

The Engineers continued their winning ways Tuesday night to beat Western New England College 30 (150, 1512, 159) to improve their record to 1710.

The team's next home match will be against Worcester Polytechnic Institute on Saturday in Dupont Gymnasium at 1 p.m.

The Engineers will also host the first round of the NEW 8 tournament on Thursday, Nov. 7 in Dupont at 7 p.m.