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Women's Volleyball Wins Two Straight Behind Sailhamer's Play

By Paul Dill
Head Coach

The women's varsity volleyball team increased their conference record to 30 and 63 overall as the beat Smith College 30 this past Saturday, and Babson College 30 this past Tuesday.

The team arrived at Smith College expecting the usual battle that takes place between the two. After just keeping even with Smith during the early stages of the first game, MIT came alive and left Smith in the dust as they pulled away and won 158. Expecting Smith to come back strong in the second game, MIT pushed hard and grabbed an early lead. The expected onslaught never came as the Engineers cruised through the second game 152 behind the 24 assists of Alarice Huang '00, and the 13 kills of Betsy Sailhamer '99. The third game turned out to be more of the same as Jenn Svendsen took over the setting reigns and added eight of her own assists on the way to a 151 victory. Barb Schultze '02 added seven kills and four service aces, and Lijin Aryananda G added five kills.

The Engineers next faced Babson College and made short work of them as well. Although MIT did not play with the same fire that they had against Smith College, they were still able to win in three games 158, 1510, 156. Again Sailhamer '99 led the way with 10 kills and eight digs, while outside hitter Christina Almodovar '02 added eight kills to the effort.

The next test for the Engineers comes at the two day MIT Invitational 16 Team Tournament featuring the top eight ranked teams in New England. MIT will play against Skidmore College and Eastern Connecticut State University on the first day.