Gordon College Defeats EngineersBy Paul Dill
It was a bittersweet week for the women’s varsity volleyball team, as they hit a high mark with a #23 national ranking, but suffered their first loss in their last 16 matches. The Engineers went 3-1 this past weekend as they pushed their way through the Amherst College Tournament all the way to the finals before losing a tough match to the #2 regionally ranked Gordon College team.
MIT takes 2nd place in tourney
The weekend started on a high note as the team beat up on a strong Wesleyan College team 3-0 (30-28, 30-24, 30-16). Nydia M. Clayton ’04 led the offense with 16 kills, while Austin Zimmerman ’06 added 36 assists and Joy N. Hart ’06 added 20 digs.
It was more of the same as the Engineers rolled right over Westfield State College 3-0 (30-13, 30-21, 30-8). Caroline D. Jordan ’06 was key in this match with eight kills, while Jenny C. Alexander ’06 dished out 26 assists.
In the semifinals, MIT faced Middlebury College and had a bit of a wake-up call. Middlebury caught the Engineers napping in the first game and took advantage to win 30-28. Unfortunately for the Panthers, the Engineers did not take kindly to that, and swept them in the next three games 30-22, 30-19, 30-25 to win the match 3-1. It was Clayton again who took charge with 15 kills, and Jill M. Kaup ’03 served up eight aces.
In the finals, the Engineers faced a strong Gordon College team looking for the upset. They came out of the gates a team possessed. This time, the Engineers did not have the answer and saw their 15-match win streak come to an end. MIT never looked comfortable and could not seem to find their usual game throughout, and Gordon gained more and more confidence as the match wore on. After winning the tournament in 2001, the Engineers would only take home second place this year.
Freshmen seal WPI win
On Tuesday night, however, the team would take out their frustration on a hapless WPI squad. The Engineers got back on track, beating their conference foes in the first two games 30-19, 30-14. Lauren E. Frick ’03 was the offensive leader with seven kills, as Jacklyn Y. Wang ’06 anchored the defense with 10 digs. The third game saw the Engineers use a lineup consisting of only freshmen players for the entire game. It was a vision of things to come, as they dominated WPI 30-16 to win the match in a clean sweep. Krystle C. Scott ’06 was key in t0he game, putting three kills to the floor and coming up with a huge block late in the game.
The Engineers are currently 16-2 overall and 4-0 in their conference. The team is ranked #2 in the New England Region. Their next home match is Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. in DuPont Gymnasium against Springfield College.