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Women’s Volleyball Earns 2nd In F&M Scramble Tournament

By Paul Dill

TEAM COACH

The 2001 women’s varsity volleyball campaign began with a special road trip to Pennsylvania to play in the Franklin and Marshall Scramble Tournament this past Labor Day weekend.

The day began with a 3-0 (30-28, 30-25, 30-23) win over Susquehanna University. Outside hitter Nydia M. Clayton ’04 led the way, with 13 kills and a .52 hitting percentage.

In the semi-finals, MIT faced host team Franklin and Marshall, which ranked in the top twenty in the country last season. After a tremendous battle, MIT came out on top 3-2 (28-30, 30-15, 25-30, 31-29, 15-10).

Middle hitter Kelly A. Martens ’03 tallied 23 kills, while Captain Barbara J. Schultze ’02 led the team with 26 digs.

The finals saw MIT face a very strong Catholic University team, who finished 2nd in the Mid-Atlantic region last season and cruised through their own semifinal game 3-0.

MIT put up a scrappy fight, but lost 1-3 (30-32, 24-30, 30-25, 28-30). However, the match was very close, with MIT losing two of those games by a mere two points. Senior Setter Christina Almodovar ’02 racked up 50 assists and 27 digs in the match.

Almodovar and Martens both made the All-Tournament Team. All in all, it was a great start to the season, and it looks as though the team has picked up where they left off at the end of last season.