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Women’s Volleyball Defeats Springfield

By Paul Dill

In a battle of conference unbeatens, MIT (6-0 in conference, 22-5 overall) traveled to Springfield College (6-0 in conference, 21-4 overall) to play a match that could have major conference tournament implications.

The Engineers took control of the match early as senior setter Austin Zimmerman ’06 connected time and time again with fellow classmate Caroline D. Jordan ’06 on what has become one of the most effective and dynamic slide attacks in the region. When it wasn’t Jordan, Springfield was continually confounded by both Briana J. Stephenson ’07 and Alex N. Huston-Carico ’08, who added 15 and 10 kills for the match respectively.

After winning the first two games by scores of 30-26 and 30-26, MIT faced a much more determined Springfield squad in the third game. Knowing what was at stake and not wanting to be embarrassed in front of their raucous home crowd, the Pride picked up their defense and intensity to take a big 24-14 lead. The Engineers finally pushed back and made it a much closer game before falling 30-23.

Even though the Engineers did not pull out the third game, they gained some valuable momentum going into the next game. MIT picked up in the fourth game where they had left off in the third keeping Springfield under constant pressure and not allowing them to get their offense going.

Arlis A. Reynolds ’06, Carrie C. Buchanan ’08 and Lindsay E. Hunting ’09 anchored the defense picking up every tip and roll shot as well as taking their opponents out of their offense with strong serving runs. With strong play all around, MIT took a 20-11 lead. After withstanding a strong push by Springfield, the Engineers finally finished them off as Rose Zhong ’08 won a joust at the net to win the game 30-24 and the match 3-1.

The Engineers are currently 7-0 in the NEWMAC and 23-5 overall with a New England regional ranking of No. 2. The next home match will be a crucial one against Smith College on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. in Rockwell Cage.