Women’s Volleyball Ends Season as ECAC ChampionsBy Paul Dill
Women’s volleyball finished its season over the weekend by winning the 2003 Eastern College Athletic Conference New England Championship Tournament. The team was led by Nydia M. Clayton ’04, who was named Tournament MVP. MIT beat the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and Brandeis University, both by scores of three games to one, en route to the team’s third ECAC title.
Clayton had 35 kills in the two matches and ended her four year career with the final kill of the final point of the tournament. Setter Austin Zimmerman ’06 dished out 108 assists, while outside hitter, Joy N. Hart ’06 also had a phenomenal tournament as she posted 29 kills of her own and led the team in digs with 42.
The team finished the season with a record of 28-7 (second best win percent in the past nine seasons), the ECAC Championship (first postseason tournament championship since 1993), and a final New England regional ranking of third out of 70 teams (highest final regional ranking in over ten years). Several individual awards were also earned over the season. Most recently Clayton and Zimmerman earned All-Conference and All-Region honors.
The last three seasons prove that the program continues to ascend to new heights. In that span, the Engineers have boasted an .820 winning percentage (93-21) and earned MIT’s first-ever at-large bid to the NCAA Championships, while spending a majority of that time garnering spots in the regional and national rankings.