Volleyball Adds Wins To RecordBy Paul Dill
The varsity women’s volleyball team had another undefeated week, securing victories against Brandeis University and conference rival Smith College.
Against Brandeis, MIT played one of the weirdest matches of the season. The Engineers took the first two games (30-26, 30-24,) but Brandeis refused to go away. In the third game, they played a crazy style of volleyball that took MIT out of their game. The end result was a Brandeis win.
The Engineers regrouped in the fourth game, however, behind the offense of Joy N. Hart ’06 and Caroline D. Jordan ’06, who had 20 and 12 kills respectively. Although the team struggled at times to find its groove, MIT pulled away in the fourth game 30-25 to win the match 3-1. Austin Zimmerman ’06 came away with a triple-double for the match with 10 kills, 48 assists and 14 digs. This performance helped earn her NEWMAC Conference Player of the Week honors.
Smith surprises sleepy Engineers
Coming off the bus a bit sleepy, the Engineers found themselves in a 16-8 deficit in their first game against Smith College. The Engineers rallied hard to close the gap, but were unable to, losing 28-30. MIT, however, was not to be denied. Feeding off of an ever-increasing momentum, the Engineers took the next three games in 31-29, 30-27, and 30-19 to win the match 3-1. Kelly A. Martens ’03 took charge of the match, tallying 22 kills, while Hart and Nydia M. Clayton ’04 added 17 and 11 kills respectively. The steady passing, serving and defense of Jacklyn Y. Wang ’06 was also a big factor in the win.
The Engineers stand 23-2 overall and 6-0 in the conference. They currently maintain a regional #2 ranking and a top-30 national ranking.
The team’s next home matches are this Saturday, Oct. 19 against Caltech at 11 a.m. and against Plymouth State College at 3 p.m. in DuPont Gymnasium.