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Starting Strong, MIT V-ball Sweeps Three

Paul Dill

HEAD COACH

After finishing last season at 28-7 and capturing an East Coast Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship, the MIT Women’s Volleyball team wasted little time in picking up right where they left off last season. Although the loss of graduating senior Nydia M. Clayton ’04 was tough to absorb, a solid core of returning players and another very strong recruiting class gives the Engineers what should potentially be an even stronger team than last year.

Women’s volleyball sweeps Edgewood and Gordon

The MIT women's volleyball team did not drop a game in Saturday's season-opening tri-match against Edgewood College (Wisc.) and Gordon College. The Engineers easily handled the Eagles from Edgewood, 30-13, 30-21, 30-12. In her first collegiate match, outside hitter Ellen E. Sojka ’08 paced Tech’s offense with 12 kills (strikes for points) and had one ace, six digs (saved spikes), and two assisted blocks. Also making her debut was Amanda J. Morris ’08, who tallied a team-best 18 digs. Austin Zimmerman ’06 had a solid showing, finishing with a team-high six aces and posting nine kills, 31 assists, 11 digs, one solo and one assisted block. Middle hitter Caroline D. Jordan ’06 notched eight kills and 13 digs and was one of four players to earn two aces.

In MIT’s 30-16, 30-13, 30-15 victory over Gordon, Sojka once again led the way with 12 kills and finished with one ace, seven digs, and two assisted blocks. Jordan had seven service aces and nine kills while defensive specialist Alice H. Chou ’05 dished out four aces in one game. Zimmerman led the Engineers with 13 digs and 26 assists.

Team wins third consecutive sweep

In a rematch of the 2003 ECAC New England Division III Championships, the visiting MIT Engineers defeated host Brandeis University, 30-17, 30-24, 30-20, on Tuesday night. Jordan paced Tech’s offense with 10 kills and contributed one ace, seven digs, and four assisted blocks. Outside hitter Joy N. Hart ’06 tallied seven kills and seven digs while Frances M. Rogoz ’07 posted five kills in one game. Amanda Morris led the Engineers’ defense with 13 kills and Austin Zimmerman totaled 33 assists and 10 digs.

The team’s next home match is Wednesday, Sept. 15th vs. Tufts University at 7 p.m. in Rockwell Cage.