Volleyball Ranks 2nd in RegionBy Paul Dill
The women’s varsity volleyball team received it’s highest regional ranking in at least 10 years last week when the Engineers came in second out of 64 colleges in the NCAA poll for the New England region.
This ranking comes fresh on the heels of MIT’s two conference wins this past week against Mount Holyoke College and Clark University. These victories gave MIT a record of 8-1, which is the strongest start for the team since 1993.
The Engineers disposed of Mount Holyoke rather unceremoniously this past Saturday, winning 3-0 (30-15, 30-14, 30-17). Middle hitter Kelly A. Martens ’03 led the way offensively with 16 kills and a .636 hitting percentage. Amy W. Mok ’02 added 14 digs to the defensive effort, while Linda M. Yu ’02 served the opposition off the court with six service aces. Back-up setter Samantha K. Brenner ’04 and defensive specialist Alice H. Chou ’05 also came off the bench to contribute to the team’s victory.
MIT had a bit more work to do against Clark University on Tuesday night, but still came away with a strong 3-1 win (30-17, 23-30, 30-25, 30-25). Christina Almodovar ’02 dished out 51 assists while outside hitter Nydia M. Clayton ’04 added 14 kills to the effort. However, it was the timely kills of outside hitter Jillian M. Kaup ‘03 which helped to seal Clark’s fate.
The team will play at home tonight, Tuesday September 25th, at 7:00 p.m. in DuPont Gymnasium against conference foe WPI.