Women’s Volleyball Takes First Place At Williams’ Fall Classic TournamentBy Paul Dill
This past weekend, the women’s volleyball team traveled to Williams College to participate in the Fall Classic Tournament. Four matches later, the Engineers walked out of the gym as tournament champions.
In their first match against a scrappy Roger Williams team, MIT won, but not without a few hiccups along the way. In the first game, after taking a 14-7 lead, the Engineers got a bit complacent and let Roger Williams not only come back, but win 16-14. After that, MIT decided that enough was enough. Led by outside hitters Jill R. Margetts ’00 and Kathleen L. Dobson ’03 who had 16 kills each, and the back row contribution of Kateri A. Garcia ’03, the Engineers took the next three games and the match 3-1 (14-16, 15-8, 15-1, 16-14).
Determined to make up for their earlier play, MIT continued to roll right over Rhode Island College 3-0 (15-4, 15-8, 15-3). This time it was the serving of Barbara J. Schultze ’02 with five aces, and the solid front row play of Elizabeth A. Dewell ’02 and Meghan A. Hendry-Brogan ’03, which contributed to RIC’s demise.
MIT defeats Williams in four
Next was the rematch with Williams College, whom the Engineers had beaten the weekend before at the Bates Tournament. Williams was looking for some revenge, especially on their home court, but MIT had other ideas. After MIT took an 8-0 lead, Williams tried to fight back, but it was not enough and MIT took the game 15-12. In the second game, MIT found themselves down 4-9 before going on an 11 point run to win the game 15-9.
The third game was back and forth all the way down to the wire, with Williams fighting to stay in the match. They managed to pull it out with MIT coming up a bit short 14-16. Fueled with new confidence after beating MIT in the third game, Williams shot out to a 7-0 lead in the fourth game.
The Engineers slowly chipped away at the lead but still found themselves down 9-11. Kelly A. Martens ’03 then stepped back to the service line, and served six straight points to win the game and the match 3-1 (15-12, 15-9, 14-16, 15-11). Martens also led all hitters with 15 kills.
In the championship match, MIT faced a St. Anselm College team that is not only Division II, but had also beaten Williams 15-5, 15-4, 15-4 earlier in the day. The Engineers showed no fear and took the first two games 17-15, 15-2. The third game, however, saw MIT run out of gas as the fatigue of playing the third match of the day started to take it’s toll.
The Engineers lost the third game 6-15 and found themselves down 3-10 in the fourth game. MIT then decided to a take a gamble trying to make the opposition scramble around and use up as much energy as possible, while playing a very slow and methodical game on the MIT side of the net to conserve as much energy as possible for the fifth game.
The Engineers lost the fourth game 10-15, but the gamble paid off in the final game as an emotionally and physically drained St. Anelm team came out flat and folded early. MIT took advantage and won the two and a half hour battle 3-2 (17-15, 15-6, 6-15, 10-15, 15-8).
MIT athletes shine in tourney
Martens and Margetts led the team with 26 and 21 kills, respectively, but it was the star of setter Alarice Huang ’00 which shined brightest as she shattered a team single match record with 78 assists, breaking the old record by 10 assists. This assist performance along with 26 digs in the final match, and her overall play for the week, earned Huang NEWMAC Player of the Week for the second time this season.
MIT’s next home match is Tuesday, October 19 at 7pm in Dupont Gym against the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.