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Rival Wellesley Stops Spikers In Hall of Fame Tournament

By Paul Dill
Team Coach

The women's volleyball team placed highly again at the 16-team Hall of Fame Tournament this past weekend at Smith College.

MIT started pool play against No. 8 ranked Tufts University, with whom MIT had split the previous two meetings. This time MIT dominated Tufts, winning their opening match 31 (1511, 158, 715, 159).

Co-captain Michelle Fox '99 had a career night with 10 kills, 10 digs, and a .40 hitting percentage. Setter Alarice Huang '00 added 47 assists and 19 digs, while the tough serving of Jill Eich '99 took Tufts completely out of their game.

Next, the Engineers took on Bridgewater State University and continued their strong play by dispatching them 31 (157, 155, 815, 1513). This time the charge was led by Mayleen Ting '00, who had 10 kills and a .53 percentage, and Katy Conley '01, who had a .67 hitting percentage for the match.

The final match of pool play saw MIT facing Clark University who never knew what hit them as the Engineers rolled over them 30 (152, 1510, 155). Cocaptain Betsy Sailhamer '99 led all hitters with 12 kills while setter Jenn Svendson '01 added 20 assists and solid play in the final two games.

After winning their pool, MIT was set to face arch rival No. 1-ranked Wellesley College in the semifinals. Wellesley had beaten MIT the week before so with upset on their minds, the Engineers came out strong to win the first game 1512 behind the strong serving and defense of Jennifer Elizondo '99. However, Wellesley proved to be a little too strong and took the next three games to win the match 31.

Wellesley went on to beat No. 2-ranked Springfield College in the finals 30. MIT then continued its winning ways this past Tuesday at home by beating Western New England College 30 (153, 151, 152).

This gives MIT a 179 overall record and a 51 conference record. The Engineers will play their final home match of the season next Thursday 7 p.m. in DuPont Gymnasium as they host the first round of the NEW8 Conference Tournament.