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Women’s Volleyball Ends Season on Win

By Paul Dill

The women’s volleyball team ended their regular season on a strong note with wins over Tufts University and Clark University last week.

Against Tufts, the Engineers came out of the gate quickly gaining an 8-1 advantage in the first game before Tufts had a chance to wake up. Wake up they did however, and clawed their way back into the game. In the end, MIT prevailed 15-13 to take the first game.

After that, the spirit of Tufts had been broken, as MIT rolled over them in the next two games to take the match 3-0 (15-13, 15-7, 15-8). Kelly A. Martens ’03 led the team with 8 kills and 5 service aces, while setter Alarice Huang ’00 dished out 28 assists.

In their match against Clark University, the seniors were given a rest as only first- and second-year players took to the court. Clark did not put up too much of a struggle as the Engineers took the match 3-0 (15-7, 15-6, 15-10).

Setter Christina Almodovar ’02 had 29 assists while Lauren E. “Big” Frick ’03 had a field day with 8 kills, 2 solo blocks and a hitting percentage of 67 percent. Defensively, Kathleen A. Dobson ’03 and Barbara J. Schultze ’02 led the way with 15 digs each.

MIT ended the regular season with a 24-8 overall record, and a 7-2 conference record. The Engineers enter the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference Tournament as the third seed this weekend, and hope to gain a post-season bid in either the NCAA Tournament or the East Coast Athletic Conference Tournament.