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Women’s Volleyball Takes Tournament Over Gordon

Tech Defeats Hosts with Perfect 3-0 Win

By Paul Dill

TEAM COACH

MIT defeated Bates College, Wheaton College and Gordon College to take the championship trophy at the Gordon College Invitational, MIT’s first victory since it began attending in 1998.

MIT began the day against Bates College, who MIT had not beaten in their previous four matches. After a back and forth first game, MIT found themselves down 20-24, before staging a comeback to win 30-27. After that, the Engineers never looked back, winning the next two games fairly easily (30-20, 30-18) to win the match 3-0.

MIT stumbled in the first game against Wheaton College 29-31 after failing to convert the first game point. MIT gathered themselves, however, to win the next three games (30-26, 30-22, 31-29) and the match 3-1.

In MIT’s final match of the day, MIT faced the hosts, Gordon College. Steady play by the Engineers throughout the match produced another 3-0 win (30-23, 30-18, 33-31), and earned MIT the tournament trophy. Middle hitter, Lauren E. Frick ’03 dominated the net in the final match, getting six kills and six blocks.

Throughout the day, it was the steady play of right side hitter Barbara J. Schultze ’02 and outside hitter Amy W. Mok ’02 that proved too powerful for opponents to overcome. Also, outside hitter Nydia M. Clayton ’04 found ways to punish the opposition, posting 9, 16, and 14 kills respectively in each match.

However, it was setter Christina Almodovar ’02 and middle hitter Kelly A. Martens ’03 who stole the show, as Almodovar earned All-Tournament Team honors and Martens earned the tournament’s Most Valuable Player award. Martens’s performance also earned her the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference Player of the Week award.

MIT now enters their conference schedule with a 6-1 record under their belt. The Engineers will face Mt Holyoke College on Saturday in DuPont Gymnasium at 1:00 p.m.