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W. Volleyball Sweeps Past Babson, Smith

By Paul Dill

The women’s varsity volleyball team improved their conference record to 3-0 and their overall record to 6-2 this week with strong home wins over Smith College and Babson College.

In their match against conference rival Smith College this past Saturday, MIT got out to a quick start scoring the first 11 points of the match and winning the first game 15-1. Although the next two games were somewhat closer, the Engineers remained in control of the match the entire time winning the next two games 15-10, 15-10 to take the match 3-0. Kathleen L. Dobson ’03 led all hitters with 10 kills, while Amy W. Mok ’02 and Kelly A. Martens ’03 added eight kills each to the effort. Defensively, Barbara J. Schultze ’02 dug up 17 balls while defensive specialist Parisa N. Habibi ’02 dug up 10 balls.

In their second match of the week, the Engineers took on another conference foe, Babson College. After taking control of the first game and going up 8-2, MIT started to fall victim to Babson’s erratic style of play. Babson caught up and the score went back and forth until it was 13-13. After a decisive side out, Habibi served the final two points of the game to see MIT win 15-13. In the second game, Christina Almodovar ’02 was given command of the offense, and the setter tallied up 6 assists as MIT rolled to a 15-3 victory. The third game was more of the same as the Engineers won it by an identical score of 15-3 to wrap up the victory 3-0.

It was Dobson and Martens again who led the charge with 13 and 11 kills respectively. Dobson also added 3 service aces and 11 digs.

These victories helped to propel MIT to 4th place in the New England regional rankings out of 61 teams. The Engineers continue their home stand this weekend as they host their annual 16 team invitational tournament.

The field will include all of the best teams in New England. Play will begin in duPont Gymnasium and Rockwell Cage on Friday September 24th with game times at 4 p.m., 6 p.m., and 8 p.m., and will continue all day on Saturday, September 25.