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Women's Volleyball Team Ends Regular Season With Victories


Garry Maskaly -- The Tech
Amy Mok '02 readies herself for a powerful serve in Thursdays game against Tufts University. In the three matches, MIT won 153, 1614, and 1513.

By Paul Dill
Head Coach

The women's volleyball team finished off its regular season in strong fashion with two solid wins over eighth ranked Tufts University and conference rival Clark University.

MIT first played Tufts in a match that the Engineers needed to win in order to solidify their position in the New England regional rankings. After playing all their matches on the road since Oct. 6, the Engineers found their return home to their liking as they started the match with a 153 first game win.

The Jumbos came back strong in the second game and before MIT knew it, they found themselves facing game point at 1014. However, it was the serving prowess of Jennifer Elizondo '99 that once again sparked the Engineers as she served five straight points to give MIT the lead 1514. After trading side outs, MIT finished the game giving them a 20 game lead in the match.

The third game was more of the same with Tufts storming out to an 116 lead. This time it was the serving of Julia Ruiz '99 that rained on the Jumbos parade. Ruiz served five straight points to get MIT back into the match. The Engineers finished off the game to win the match 153, 1614, 1513. Michelle Fox '99 led the team with 14 kills and 14 digs, while Alarice Huang '00 distributed 30 assists and three service aces in the match.

The Engineers played their last regular season match against Clark University. MIT made light work of the weaker Clark squad, beating them 154, 152, 153). Betsy Sailhamer '99 led the team with 12 kills and an incredible .846 hitting percentage, while Christina Almodovar added six kills.

MIT ended their regular season with a 258 record which earned them a fifth rank in New England. MIT also finished with an 81 record in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference, second to Wellesley College. The Engineers go into the NEWMAC tournament this coming weekend at Babson College as the second seed.