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MIT Tops New England With Undefeated Record

Volleyball Leads Region, Holds 20th Rank in Nation

By Paul Dill

TEAM COACH

MIT earned the first place ranking in the New England region and rose to 20th nationwide this week after winning the eleven team Amherst College Tournament. MIT went 4-0 this past weekend, beating Trinity College, St. Lawrence University, Tufts University, and Wesleyan College.

The Engineers first took out Trinity College 3-1 (26-30, 30-21, 30-21, 30-15) with the hitting of Kelly A. Martens ’03 and Nydia M. Clayton ’04, who had 16 and 13 kills respectively. Jillian M. Kaup ’03 also came off the bench to add seven kills and a .438 hitting percentage.

St. Lawrence University from New York was the next victim of the Engineer, and fell 3-0 (30-23, 30-17, 30-24). Clayton had 15 kills this time, while Christina Almodovar ’02 dished out 37 assists.

The semi-final match vs. Tufts saw MIT’s Parisa N. Habibi ’02 anchor the defense with 17 digs, while Amy W. Mok ’02 added 9 kills to the 3-0 (30-20, 30-19, 30-28) victory.

The finals saw a rematch of the Eastern College Athletic Conference finals of last season, as MIT faced Wesleyan College. Last season, Wesleyan College ended MIT’s great run at ECAC’s. Both teams had virtually the same lineups on the court this year, but this time the Engineers would get the better of Wesleyan, winning 3-0 (30-19, 30-24, 30-28).

MIT controlled the match for the first two games, but found themselves down 20-25 in the third before Linda M. Yu ’02 went back to serve Wesleyan off the court and get the Engineers back in the match. MIT outscored Wesleyan 10-3 at the end of the third game to take the championship. Martens was named to the All-Tournament first team, while Clayton was named to the All-Tournament second team.

The Engineers are currently undefeated within the New England region and are on an eleven match win streak. This 13-1 record is the best start for the program since the 1988 season.