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Engineers Dominate, Martens Takes Honors

By Paul Dill


The women’s varsity volleyball team continued their winning ways with yet another undefeated week as they went 3-0, beating Caltech, Plymouth State College, and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

Over the weekend, MIT hosted a tri-match with Caltech and Plymouth State. In the first match, the Engineers took on their west coast rivals and made short work of them. The entire roster saw time in the rout as MIT took the match 3-0 (30-15, 30-10, 30-14). Kelly A. Martens ’03, Nydia M. Clayton ’04 and Joy N. Hart ’06 each contributed eight kills to the effort, while Jenny C. Alexander ’06 did double duty in the match, playing one game as a hitter, and one as the setter. Her hitting percentage was a whopping .800, and she dished out nine assists in the game she set.

In their second match, MIT faced a Plymouth State team that took them to five games in their last meeting at the Bates College Invitational. The Engineers showed them no mercy this time around, winning the match 3-0 (30-19, 30-27, 30-22). Martens again led the offense with 11 kills, while Arlis A. Reynolds ’06 added six kills and four aces to the win. Caroline D. Jordan ’06 also had a big day, with a hitting percentage of .625.

With her performance over the weekend and an impressive showing against Smith College earlier in the week, which saw her surpass the 1,500-kill mark, Martens earned the NEWMAC Conference Player of the Week Award. This is the second week in a row that an MIT player has earned this recognition, as Austin Zimmerman ’06 earned the award the week before.

On Tuesday night, MIT faced a very strong Coast Guard Academy squad. The Engineers knew the importance of this match going into it. A win would lock up at least a second place finish in the conference. Coast Guard also knew the importance and pushed the Engineers hard throughout the match.

The first game went back and forth until MIT finally pulled away in the end to take it 30-23. The second game saw Coast Guard push even harder; they took the game 30-21. \With the match tied at one game apiece, it looked as though the Engineers were in trouble.

However, with great poise, the Engineers slowly took control of the match behind the setting of Zimmerman, who dished out 52 assists for the match. MIT took the third and fourth games 30-22 and 30-24 to win the match 3-1. The attack was very well balanced. Martens had 15 kills, Clayton and Hart had 14 each, and Reynolds added 11.

The Engineers are currently 26-2 on the season with a conference record of 7-0. Currently ranked #2 in the New England region and in the top 30 nationally, the Engineers will play their next home match on Saturday, Nov. 2 in DuPont Gymnasium.