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Women’s Volleyball Wins Four

Wins Bates Tourney, Retains Top Ranking In New England Area

By Paul Dill

TEAM COACH

MIT remained the number one volleyball team in New England after they won all four matches this weekend, beating Bowdoin College, Bridgewater State College, Bates College and Tufts University on their way to winning the twelve team Bates College Tournament.

Earlier in the week, MIT also shut out conference foes WPI and Wheaton College to go 6-0 for the week.

Engineers win Bates tournament

The Engineers started the week by defeating Bowdoin College 3-0 (30-14, 30-21, 30-20). The team was led by the serving of Kelly A. Martens ’03 and Barbara J. Schultze ’02. Both Martens and Schultze had seven aces during the match. Samantha K. Brenner ’04 also came off the bench to add seven assists to the effort.

Number eight ranked Bridgewater State College put up a fight, taking the first game 33-31, but MIT bounced back behind 16 kills from Amy W. Mok ’02 and five aces from Linda M. Yu ’02. MIT took the next three games to win the match 3-1 (31-33, 30-19, 30-18, 30-25).

The semi-final match saw MIT take on the hosts, number seven-ranked Bates College. Although challenged, MIT controlled the match, winning 3-0 (30-26, 30-28, 30-18). Martens led the team with 16 kills, while Lauren E. Frick ’03 had four kills with no errors for a .800 hitting percentage.

The finals saw a rematch with number six ranked Tufts University, who MIT had beaten last weekend in the semi-finals of the Amherst College Tournament. It turned out to be deja vu all over again as the Engineers again won 3-0 (30-22, 30-14, 30-18) to take the championship trophy. Christina Almodovar ’02 dished out 37 assists while Nydia M. Clayton ’04 added 12 kills. Almodovar was named to the All-Tournament team.

This was the third straight tournament that MIT has won this season, and they hope to win their fourth straight as they head to the Eastern Connecticut State University tournament this weekend where they are defending champions.