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Volleyball Loses, Ends Season

By Paul Dill

TEAM COACH

The women’s volleyball team ended its season this past weekend with a loss in the postseason Eastern College Athletic Conference North Championship Tournament. With Kelly A. Martens ’03 injured, the Engineers could not put together one final run, and fell to Brandeis University, which they had beaten earlier in the season. The Engineers finished with a 29-9 record (the best since 1994), and a sixth straight postseason bid.

Other milestones include first place finishes at the Gordon College Tournament, the Amherst College Tournament, the Bates College Tournament, and the ECSU Tournament. The team finished second at the Franklin & Marshall College Tournament, and fourth at the Hall of Fame Tournament.

The Engineers spent a good part of the season ranked either number one or two in the New England Region out of 64 teams, and were also ranked as high as number 20 in the nation out of 395 teams.

There were also many honors garnered by individual team members. Kelly A. Martens ’03 made two all-tournament teams, and earned one tournament most valuable player. She also was named NEWMAC Conference Player of the Week, to the NEWMAC All-Conference Team, the AVCA All-Region Team, the NEWVA All-New England Second Team, the GTE CoSIDA All-District Academic All-American First Team, MIT Team MVP, and joined the MIT 1000 Kill Club.

Christina Almodovar ’02 earned spots on three all-tournament teams, and was named most valuable player at one tournament. She was also NEWMAC Conference Player of the Week, made the NEWMAC All-Conference Team, NEWVA All-New England Second Team, and joined the MIT 1000 Dig Club.

Barbara J. Schultze ’02 made the ECSU All-Tournament Team and was named MIT Defensive Player of the Year. Schultze broke team records for career digs, career aces, career games played, and single season digs.

Amy W. Mok ’02 joined the MIT 1000 Dig Club, and tied a NCAA record for consecutive points served in a game (19). Nydia M. Clayton ’04 made the Amherst College All-Tournament Second Team. Parisa N. Habibi ’02 joined the MIT 1000 Dig Club.

Linda M. Yu ’02 received the MIT Coach’s Award. Candace Jantzen-Marson ’05 earned MIT’s Most Improved Player Award.