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Springfield Hands W. Volleyball Season’s First Conference Loss

By Paul Dill

The women’s volleyball team suffered their first conference loss of the year last week and won two matches to bring its conference record to 6-1 and overall record to 20-5. MIT also maintained its fourth place ranking in the New England regional poll.

After losing their first conference match of the season to third ranked Springfield College 0-3, the Engineers faced 8th ranked Brandeis University two days later and won a hard fought match that took over two hours to decide.

After splitting the first two games 15-12, 12-15, the Engineers seemed to take charge of the match winning the third game 15-9. In the fourth game, however, with the score tied at 12-12, Brandeis pulled away to win 15-12 and force a deciding fifth game. This game was a real nail biter as both teams had a few match points before the Engineers finally got the victory 20-18 to win the match 3-2. It was the outside hitting duo of Jill R. Margetts ’00 with 20 kills, and Kathleen A. Dobson ’03 with 18 kills who led the team offensively.

Meanwhile, the team tallied a total of 117 defensive digs with Barbara J. Schultze ’02 and Parisa N. Habibi ’02 leading the way with 21 digs each.

MIT holds on against USCG

This past Tuesday, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy came to town fresh off their win against a tough Wheaton team. The Engineers, however, were not impressed as they took the first game easily 15-7. A bit of a let down in the second game allowed Coast Guard to take a hard fought game 17-15, before the Engineers regained control to take the next two games and the match 3-1 (15-7, 15-17, 15-9, 15-6). Setter Alarice Huang ’00 dished out 53 assists as Margetts put away 25 of them for kills. Kelly A. Martens ’03 also added 18 kills of her own while Shultze continued to dive and roll all over the floor to pick up balls and tally 21 digs.

The next home match for the Engineers is this Tuesday, October 26, at 7:00 p.m. against Wellesley College in Dupont Gymnasium. Wellesley is currently ranked first in New England and eleventh nationally.