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MIT Women’s V-ball Heads to Semifinals After Beating Clark

By Travis Johnson

STAFF WRITER

MIT Women’s Volleyball won its final home match of the season Tuesday night, sending them to the conference semifinal against Springfield.

After losing a heart-breaking 5 game match at Coast Guard that determined the NEWMAC title and home-court advantage for this weekend’s conference tournament, MIT took care of business against Clark, winning 3 games to none.

The last time MIT hosted Clark they also won in dominating fashion, but fell behind in the third game when they used Amanda J. Morris ’08 to set.

But with co-captain and starting setter Austin Zimmerman ’07 resting some nagging injuries, Morris has been called upon a lot the past few weeks to set for the Engineers and has played very well. Tuesday night was no different. Morris was solid, with 40 assists and very few errors.

The only drama Tuesday came in the third game when Coach Paul Dill used a different lineup to get playing time for less used players and rest some regulars. MIT won 30-28, and Dill says, “it was never out of control.”

As far as Zimmerman’s availability, Dill says she will play this weekend at the conference tournament and would have played in the Clark match had they been losing a fourth game.

Other star performers in Tuesday night’s game were Frances M. Rogoz ’07 and Caroline D. Jordan ’06 who both had 13 kills. Defensively, Carrie C. Buchanan ’08 led the Engineers with 20 digs.

MIT is two wins away from a trip to the National Division III tournament. They play Springfield on Friday in the conference semifinals, with the winner advancing to Saturday’s final against the winner of the Coast Guard/Smith match up.

Looking ahead to next year, the Engineers’ propects are better than ever. They lose one senior, outside hitter Alice H. Chou ’05, and keep their core players, many of whom will be seniors next year. “We’re only going to add to what we had this year,” said Dill.

This writer hasn’t seen Coast Guard in action, but MIT will be better than the other teams in the conference next year and will once again be in prime position to win the NEWMAC and advance to nationals.