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Women's Volleyball Team Defeats Second Ranked Williams College

By Paul Dill
Team Coach

The women's varsity volleyball team had another successful weekend as it traveled up to Bates College for a 16 team tournament.

The Engineers opened the tournament against Plymouth State College and rolled over them easily 152, 156, 1510. Betsy Sailhamer '99 and Michelle Fox '99 led the team with 10 kills each.

The next test was against the second ranked team in New England, Williams College. MIT started strong and had control of the first game at 1210 before letting it slip through their fingers, losing 1315. In the second game, Williams jumped out to a huge lead 123 but the Engineers were able to make a huge run to bring the score to 1113. It proved to be too little too late as Williams got the much needed side out, and then finished the game 1513. MIT never recovered and lost the third game 815 without much of a struggle. Sailhamer again led the Engineers with 20 kills, while Julia Ruiz '99 almost single handedly kept MIT in the match with her great serving and back row play.

The following day the Engineers faced a tough Springfield College team without middle hitter Lijin Aryananda G who went down with an injury. Outside hitter Fox took Aryananda's place at middle, and back row specialist Ruiz filled in the outside hitter position. Getting used to new positions and a new team lineup proved to be a difficult task especially against Springfield, and MIT quickly found themselves down two games to none. However, with a team total of 20 aces, and exceptional play by co-captains Alarice Huang '00 with 42 assists and Sailhamer with 24 kills, the Engineers clawed their way back into the match winning the next two games 159, 158. MIT then used the momentum to their advantage and pulled away at the end for a dramatic five game victory.

The final match of the tournament saw MIT face Wheaton College, who they had beaten earlier in the week 31. This meeting proved to be more of the same as the Engineers again won, 154, 915, 1614, 1512. This match saw Fox find her stride in the middle with timely kills and blocks. Christina Almodovar '02 also had a strong showing with 15 kills of her own. This victory proved to be a true team effort as everyone on the roster was used to help the team fight both mental and physical fatigue.

With their strong showing, the Engineers are currently ranked fourth in New England with a 135 record.