Martens Breaks Kill Record In WinBy Paul Dill
The women’s varsity volleyball team earned one of their biggest victories of the season by completely dismantling arch-rival Springfield College at home this past Tuesday night.
With both teams entering the match having only lost two matches each on the season, it looked to be a real barn-burner. However, the Engineers quickly showed Springfield whose house it was, getting out to an early lead in the first game. Before they knew what had hit them, Springfield had lost the first game 30-22.
It was more of the same in the second game, as the Engineers continued to dominate. Springfield simply had no answer for MIT setter, Austin Zimmerman ’06, who dished out a total of 32 assists on the match and caught Springfield off guard time and time again when she clobbered several second-ball attacks. It was Kelly A. Martens ’06 though, who had the most success in the second game, as she went 6 for 6 in kills and earned her 1,480th career kill, setting the new MIT record, previously owned by Betsy Sailhamer ’99. In the end, the second game went to MIT 30-27.
In the third game, Springfield opened up an early 6-4 lead and was clinging to the Engineers at 13-13 before Joy N. Hart ’06 crushed the Springfield spirits with a nine-point serving run, including three of her four aces (a match high). The Engineers, up 24-14, withstood a modest Springfield comeback effort and ultimately cruised to a comfortable 30-24 victory, takin the match 3-0 in just over an hour.
Overall, serving was a key factor in the match as MIT served 12 aces to Springfield’s two. Offensively, Nydia M. Clayton ’04 and Arlis A. Reynolds ’06 both had great nights , putting 10 kills each to the floor. Defensive specialist Jacklyn Y. Wang ’06 led the team with 12 digs.
At 21-2, (5-0 in their conference,) MIT is ranked #2 in the New England region, and is in the top 30 nationally. The Engineers will face Caltech and Plymouth State College in a home tri-match on Saturday, Oct. 19. MIT plays at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. in DuPont Gym.