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Volleyball Takes 4th

Loses Semifinal Match

By Paul Dill

TEAM COACH

After losing a tough conference match to the Coast Guard Academy amidst the mayhem of 800 screaming cadets down in New London, Connecticut, MIT went to the Hall of Fame Tournament looking to get back on track. The Engineers did just that as they won their pool, beating Hamilton College (3-0) and Bates College (3-0) for the third time this season.

Unfortunately, Kelly A. Martens ’03, the team leader in kills this season, went down with a hamstring injury that kept her out of the matches on the second day of the tournament.

With an altered lineup, MIT fought hard in the semifinals against two time defending champion University of Puerto Rico (NCAA Division II). The Engineers would eventually fall short to lose the match (0-3).

The third place match versus Williams College increased the adversity for MIT, as outside hitter Jillian M. Kaup ’03 would go down in the first game. The injury, which occurred after Kaup dove for a ball, required her to leave the venue to get stitches.

After losing the first game, however, MIT would come back to win the second. The Engineers, however, could not maintain the momentum and lost the match 1-3.

The team put on a truly gritty performance given the circumstances, and two freshmen, Alice H. Chou ’05 and Jasmin Moghbeli ’05, performed admirably in the face of such pressure.

The team is currently 27-5. Setter Christina Almodovar ’02 joined the MIT thousand dig club, getting her 1000th career dig against Coast Guard last week.