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Volleyball Upset In NEWMAC Semis

No. 4 Smith College stunned host and No. 1 seed MIT by posting a 30-25, 30-27, 30-27 victory in the first semifinal match of the NEWMAC Tournament on Friday. Smith advanced to the championship match for the first time in conference history.

Smith’s defense served as a catalyst in its upset over MIT, as the Pioneers (22-6) overcame a 27-19 deficit in the pivotal second game, scoring 11 unanswered points. Kate Sorenson recorded a match-high 27 digs while tallying 10 kills and three blocks. Catherine Shafer also notched a double-double with 20 digs and 10 kills. Sammy Lyon and Sara Hoffman each contributed three blocks as Megumi Sasaki totaled two aces. Lauren Perry distributed 24 assists and posted four aces.

Frances M. Rogoz ’07 paced the Engineers (28-8) with 20 kills and added 11 digs and four assisted blocks. Caroline D. Jordan ’06 totaled 12 kills, one solo and five assisted blocks. Briana J. Stephenson ’07 bolstered the front-lines efforts with nine kills while Alexandra N. Huston-Carico ’08 recorded one solo and two assisted blocks. Arlis A. Reynolds ’06 collected a team-high 20 digs as Carrie C. Buchanan ’08 notched 15 of her own. Austin Zimmerman ’06 distributed 41 assists in the loss.

—Mindy Brauer, DAPER Assistant Director
of Sports Information