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Lady Engineers Stay Perfect in Conference

By Paul Dill

The women's volleyball team continued their successful season with a third place finish at the Eastern Connecticut State University Invitational this past weekend. They then followed this up with a solid conference win against Springfield College this on Tuesday.

The Engineers opened up the weekend against a very strong Middlebury squad. After losing the first game 915, the Engineers seemed to have the match in hand winning the next two games 1510, 158. However, Middlebury caught fire and took MIT by surprise, winning the final two games to take the match 915, 1510, 158, 715, 1115. Betsy Sailhamer '99 led the team with 18 kills while Barb Schultze '02 led the defense with 15 digs.

The next match put MIT against Wesleyan College. After losing the first game, the Engineers found their old form and rolled through the next three games to win the match 1015, 1512, 153, 159. Michelle Fox '99 had 13 kills in the effort while Alarice Huang '00 distributed 35 assists and had 14 digs.

MIT next faced rival Wheaton College for the third time in two weeks. The result was the same as the last two meetings with MIT victorious. After having control of the match and winning the first two games, Wheaton found new life and won the third game. The Engineers responded and won the fourth game 1614 in a hard fought battle to take the match. It was Fox again who led the team in kills with 14, while Jennifer Elizondo '99 added 3 aces and 16 digs.

The loss to Middlebury earlier in the tournament put Tech in second place in their pool. They next faced the Coast Guard Academy for third place in the tournament. The Engineers wasted little time in disposing of them winning the match easily 158, 159, 1510 to secure third place in the tournament.

This strong tournament performance was again due in part to the fine defensive play of the Engineers. Also, the depth of the bench was key in keeping players fresh during the long two day tournament. At the end of the tournament, Fox was rewarded for her outstanding play by being named to the All-Tournament team.

The Engineers continued their fine play on Tuesday as the traveled to conference rival Springfield College. Again MIT started slowly and lost the first game 815, despite their improved playing as the game wore on. In the next three games, MIT was able to find their stride. The Engineer's team defense again confounded the opposition as MIT had 74 team digs and 16 team blocks. It was again Sailhamer and Fox who led the way with 19 and 13 kills respectively to give MIT the victory 915, 1513, 157, 156.

This win over Springfield brings the women's volleyball team to a 60 conference record and a 186 overall record. They are also currently ranked fourth out of 60 teams in New England.