Women’s Volleyball Takes Top Spot in New EnglandBy Paul Dill
The women’s varsity volleyball team has clinched the number one ranking in the 67-team New England Region and currently posts a 12-1 record. After a strong week of play, which included two conference victories, the Engineers are also ranked 30th out of 400 teams in the national poll.
This past Saturday, the team visited Mount Holyoke College and dominated the match from start to finish. The entire roster saw playing time in the victory as the Engineers took the match in three games (30-21, 30-20, 30-21). Kelly A. Martens ’03 led the way with 11 kills, while Joy N. Hart ’06 added 10 kills of her own and had a .833 hitting percentage. Setters Austin Zimmerman ’06 and Jenny C. Alexander ’06 both took advantage of their turns on the court to run the offense. Zimmerman dished out 29 assists in the two games she set, and Alexander added eight assists and four digs in the single game she set.
On Tuesday, Clark University visited MIT and put the Engineers to a bit of a test. After winning the first two games in not-so-stellar fashion (30-24, 30-23,) a sluggish MIT team sat back and opened the door for Clark to take advantage in the third game. After letting the third game slip away 27-30, the Engineers regrouped for one of their most impressive displays of the season as they completely crushed Clark in the fourth game 30-11. Martens again led the team in kills with 18, while Nydia M. Clayton ’05 put 12 of her own kills to the floor. Jill M. Kaup ’03 was once again instrumental, coming off the bench to spark the team in the fourth game. Caroline D. Jordan ’06 and Jacklyn Y. Wang ’06 anchored the defense with great passing along with 15 and 13 digs respectively.