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Volleyball Extends Win Streak

By Paul Dill

COACH

The women’s varsity volleyball team continued to roll this past week, winning a tri-match at Western Connecticut State University with Rutgers-Newark this past weekend, and then winning their first conference match of the schedule against Wheaton College this past Tuesday.

Against Rutgers-Newark, the Engineers started slowly, but still managed to win the match in three games 30-26, 30-28, 30-13. Nydia M. Clayton ’04 and Caroline D. Jordan ’06 led the offense with 12 and 11 kills respectively, while setter Austin Zimmerman ’06 dished out 32 assists and led the team in digs with 13.

The Engineers then picked up the pace against Western Connecticut State University, controlling the match from start to finish, and winning 30-4, 30-21, 30-27. Clayton again led the way with 9 kills, while Joy N. Hart ’06 contributed 8 kills and 13 digs of her own. Jen C. Alexander ’06 had strong contributions throughout both matches coming in as a hitter in the first match and setting later in the second match.

On Tuesday night, Wheaton College kicked off MIT’s conference schedule with a visit to DuPont Gymnasium. A much quicker and scrappier team than MIT expected, Wheaton took the Engineers by surprise in the first game jumping out to a 19-11 lead. The Engineers fought hard to close the gap and came back to tie before losing 30-27.

However, the team jumped right back on the momentum they had gotten in the first game and took the next game 30-27. With things tight early in the third game, Jillian M. Kaup ’03 came off the bench and sparked the team with all around good play, helping the team to a 30-20 win. Wheaton never recovered and MIT went on to win the fourth game 30-19 to win the match 3-1.

Once again, Clayton punished the opposition with 15 kills, and Kelly A. Martens ’03 contributed 10 kills to the effort. Arlis A. Reynolds ’06 and Jackie Wang ’06 were very tough defensively, while Zimmerman came close to a triple-double with 9 kills, 42 assists and 21 digs.

The Engineers are currently 10-1 and are on a 10 match win streak. Their next home match is Tuesday, September 24 at 7 p.m. in DuPont Gymnasium.