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V-Ball Starts Season With Perfect Record

By Paul Dill

TEAM COACH

The women’s varsity volleyball team, which made it to the NCAA Division III tournament last season, has picked up right where they left off by starting out the 2003 season with a perfect 4-0 record.

The season opened last week with a dominating performance against Endicott College. The match, which took place in DuPont Gymnasium last Wednesday night with a very enthusiastic crowd, saw the Engineers dominate from start to finish. After getting a 7-0 lead in the first game, the Engineers never looked back, taking the match 3-0 (30-10, 30-13, 30-15). Senior co-captain Nydia M. Clayton led the attack with 18 kills while sophomore Arlis A. Reynolds anchored the defense with 14 digs.

The team then traveled to Gordon College over the weekend to defend their championships from the two previous seasons. The Engineers opened with Bates College, and with only a slight hiccup in the third, controlled the match and won 3-1 (30-21, 30-21, 27-30, 30-20). Sophomore co-captain Austin Zimmerman took control of the match by dishing out 31 assists and keeping the Bobcats off balance. Zimmerman hit at 100 percent and attacked several second balls. Sophomore Jackie Y. Wang was a stabilizing force in the back row as she added 12 digs to the effort, and Reynolds was again a factor as she served Bates off the court with seven aces.

Against the hosts, Gordon College, the Engineers had revenge on their minds, as it was Gordon who knocked MIT out of the NCAA tournament last season in round 32. The Engineers wasted little time explaining it to Gordon on the court as they dominated the match outright. After blowing them out in the first game 30-16, the Engineers finished them off, winning the second game 30-22 and the third game 30-22 to take the match 3-0. Sophomore Caroline D. Jordan contributed eight kills and 13 digs, while sophomore Joy N. Hart added 6 kills.

In the final match of the day, MIT made short work of Eastern Connecticut State University winning easily 3-0 (30-18, 30-22, 30-17) to take the championship trophy for the third straight year. Freshmen contributed greatly in this match as Caitlin A. Murphy ’07 took over the setting reigns, dishing out 29 assists. Frances M. Rogoz ’07, Monika M. Wrobel ’07, and Briana J. Stephenson ’07 put down nine, seven, and three kills, respectively.

Jordan and Reynolds also earned All-Tournament Team honors, with Reynolds taking the tournament Most Valuable Player award.