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Volleyball Shines At Bates

By Paul Dill

TEAM COACH

This past weekend, for the second straight year, the women’s varsity volleyball team won the Bates College Invitational Tournament, winning all four of their matches over the two-day event.

The team got off to a bit of a shaky start in the first match on Friday night, against Plymouth State College. After winning the first two games easily (30-16, 30-20), the Engineers suffered a bit of a letdown, losing the next two games 25-30, 14-30. However, with the match tied at two games a piece, MIT showed why they are ranked #2 in the region and won the fifth game 15-8, taking the match 3-2. Jacklyn Y. Wang ’06 and Caroline D. Jordan ’06 led the defense with 16 and 21 digs respectively, while Lauren E. Frick ’03 came up big in the blocking department with six.

Later that evening, against Bowdoin College, the Engineers seemed to get back on track, winning 3-0 (31-29, 30-10, 30-27). Setters Austin Zimmerman ’06 and Jenny C. Alexander ’06 combined for 33 assists in the win.

After a good night’s sleep, MIT started the second day of the tournament on top of their game, running down a the Brandeis University squad in the semifinals. The outcome was never in doubt, as the Engineers won 3-0 (30-14, 30-24, 30-21). Outside hitter Nydia M. Clayton ’04 had a field day in the Brandeis match, tallying 15 kills, while Joy N. Hart ’06 added 11 of her own kills and five service aces to the effort.

It turned out to be more of the same in the championship match as the Engineers showed little respect for hosts Bates College. MIT played their best volleyball of the weekend in front of a Bates crowd that could do little to help their team against the Engineer onslaught. In the end, MIT won 3-0 (30-18, 30-21, 30-20). Zimmerman posted a double-double with 35 assists and 10 kills, while Clayton continued to dominate with 13 kills helping her to earn All-Tournament honors for her strong play throughout the tournament.

The Engineers are currently 20-2 going into a very crucial conference match Tuesday, Oct. 8 against Springfield College at 7 p.m. in DuPont Gymnasium.