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Volleyball Wins in Quarterfinals

Defeats Smith College in Five Games to Advance to Semifinal Round

By Paul Dill


The MIT women’s volleyball team won both their matches this past week, one of which was the quarterfinal match for the NEWMAC conference tournament.

On Saturday, the Engineers faced conference foe Babson College in their last regular season match of the season. Unfortunately, MIT played without kill leader Kelly A. Martens ’03, who suffered a season ending knee injury in the team’s previous match. In addition, Babson started the match like a team possessed as they knew no matter what, this would be their last match of the season.

Caught off guard, MIT fell in the first game 24-30 before coming back to win the second game 30-23. However, MIT relaxed again and lost the second game 27-30. The Engineers finally took charge in the fourth game behind the serving of Amy W. Mok ’02, who tied an NCAA record by serving 19 straight points. MIT won this game 30-12.

MIT took an early lead in the fifth and deciding game, only to let it slip away before finally closing it out 18-16.

Nydia M. Clayton ’04 led the offense with 20 kills, while Mok and Barbara J. Schultze ’02 anchored the defense with 17 and 18 digs respectively.

In the quarterfinals of the NEWMAC conference tournament this past Tuesday, MIT hosted Smith College, who MIT had beaten earlier in the season, 3-0. This time, however, Smith would prove to be a more formidable foe, as the Engineers found themselves in yet another five game epic battle.

MIT took the 1st and 3rd games, and Smith the 2nd and 4th games. The deciding game saw MIT jump out to an 11-5 lead, but Smith clawed their way back to 14-14.

The Engineers showed incredible resolve as they fought off three match points before Lauren E. Frick ’03 blocked the final point to win the match 19-17. This was a true team effort as Candace Jantzen-Marson ’05 and Alice Chou ’05 played pivotal roles in the victory.

MIT pushed their record to 29-7 on the season and have now advanced to the semi-finals of the conference tournament, where they will face Springfield College tonight at Springfield.