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MIT Volleyball Boosts Record to 9-1

By Paul Dill

TEAM COACH

This past week, the Engineers pushed their record to 9-1 overall as the team started their conference schedule with three straight wins over Wheaton College, Mount Holyoke College, and Clark University.

On the road against Wheaton College, MIT took control of the match early, winning the first two games 30-19 and 30-13. With their backs to the wall, Wheaton clawed their way back into the match, building a big lead in the third game. Realizing that they had relaxed a bit too much, the Engineers closed the gap, but not quite in time. The Engineers lost the game 28-30.

MIT quickly reestablished dominance in the fourth game, winning 30-17 to close out the match. Arlis A. Reynolds ’06 led the charge with 11 kills, while Caroline D. Jordan ’06 produced 19 defensive digs.

Against Mount Holyoke College, the Engineers took control of the match early and never looked back. MIT won easily 3-0 (30-13, 30-14, 30-13), using the entire roster in the process. Frances M. Rogoz ’07 led the team both offensively and defensively with eight kills and nine digs. Jordan added six service aces, and Nydia M. Clayton ’04 added seven kills to the effort.

The next match against Clark University was more of the same, as the Engineers put on a clinic in the first game. MIT started off on an 11-0 run and then ran up the score to 22-1 before finally winning the game 30-13. The next two games, MIT was just as efficient as the Engineers took them 30-15 and 30-13 to close out the match 3-0. It was Rogoz again who led the team in kills with 11 followed by Clayton with eight. Austin Zimmerman ’06 also had a good night, dishing out 21 assists in the two games she played, while freshman setter Caitlin A. Murphy took over the setting reigns in the third game, dishing out 12 assists.

The Engineers are currently 9-1 and 3-0 in conference. The team is hosting one of the top tournaments of the season this Friday and Saturday in Rockwell Cage and DuPont Gymnasium. This fifteen team tournament will host most of the top teams in the region, as well as some top teams from out of region including Colorado College, Vassar College, Skidmore College, Hunter College, and Eastern University. Nine of the fifteen teams in attendance made the NCAA tournament last season.

The Engineers will play on Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. against Colorado College and 8 p.m. against Hunter College.