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Springfield Defeats Volleyball in Semis

By Paul Dill

The MIT women’s volleyball team advanced to the semi-finals of the NEWMAC Conference Tournament where they were defeated by Springfield College.

Entering as the number three seed in the weekend tournament, the Engineers first hosted Wheaton College in the quarterfinals. This match turned out to be another nailbiter as it took MIT five games and over two hours to prevail.

After taking the first game 15-11, Tech dropped the second game 8-15. The next two games were more of the same as MIT took the third game 15-8, but then lost the fourth game 11-15. Even though it seemed that MIT was in control of the match most of the time, Wheaton would just not go away. Finally in the fifth game, MIT took charge and won easily 15-8 to take the match three games to two.

MIT was led by the outstanding play of outside hitter Jill R. Margetts ’00 who had a record setting match. Margetts had 33 kills on the night breaking the old team record of 32 kills set by Betsy Sailhamer ’99 last season. Margetts also added two service aces and 14 digs. Alarice Huang ’00 also had a tremendous match dishing out 66 assists and digging 17 balls.

In the semifinal match, MIT met Springfield College for the third time this season and lost for the third time in as many meetings. Although MIT played one if its best matches of the season, they could not pull out the upset losing 1-3 (3-15, 13-15, 15-9, 13-15).

The middle duo of Kelly A. Martens ’03 with 13 kills and Lauren “Wall” Frick ’03 with seven kills, led the way for the Engineers. Defensively, Margetts led the team with 22 digs, while Barbara J. Schultze ’02 added 20 digs of her own to the effort.

MIT’s performance throughout the season earned them a 25-9 record and a number three seed in the ECAC post season tournament. The Engineers will travel to host Bates College this weekend where they will face Wesleyan College in the quarterfinals.