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Women's Volleyball Defeats Tufts 3-1

By Paul Dill
Team Coach

The women's volleyball team opened its season with a big win over Tufts University lastTuesday. Although Tufts was heavily favored with the number five ranking in New England, MIT was able to win the match 31, which should propel them into the top eight in New England.

Tufts was one of the teams from the Northeast division to make it to the NCAA Division III Nationals last year.

After a slow start, down 132 in the first game, MIT was able to come back and score 10 straight points due to great serving and scrappy defense. Tufts was able to close out the first game 1512, but the momentum had definitely shifted in MIT's favor.

Led by setter Alarice Huang '00 who had 39 assists on the night, the Engineers were able to take the next two games 1510, 1512.

The fourth game was hardly a challenge as outside hitter Jill Eich '00 and middle hitter Betsy Sailhamer '99 dominated the game with kill after kill leading to a 153 romp. Eich and Sailhamer ended the night with 12 and 15 kills respectively.

Sailhamer said that defeating Tufts was something that the team has strived for and that they "worked together as a team well."

"We started off slow, but we gained a lot of energy and momentum and carried that over into the next three games" to win the match, Sailhamer said.

The next match for the team is tomorrow, against second-ranked Springfield College. The match will be in Dupont Gymnasium at 7 p.m. On Saturday, the Engineers will take on Smith College at 1 p.m.