Volleyball Wins Tournament, Rogoz MVP
By Paul Dill
WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL COACH
For the fifth year in a row, the MIT women’s volleyball team opened its season by winning the Gordon College Tournament. The Engineers started play on Saturday by sweeping the host Fighting Scots, 30-24, 30-20, 30-20, and then defeated Messiah College (PA), 30-21, 30-27, 27-30, 30-13. Tech ended the day with a 30-17, 30-25, 30-22 victory over Johnson & Wales University in the championship match.
Frances M. Rogoz ’07 was selected the tournament MVP and Amanda J. Morris ’08 received all-tournament team accolades for her work as the team’s setter. After backing up Austin Zimmerman ’06 for her first two seasons, Morris has earned the starting role for this season and set 114 aces in her first weekend.
After a somewhat tight start to the first game of the first match, MIT took control and kept the pressure on Gordon throughout the match. Rogoz recorded a team-high 15 kills by hitting .324 and added seven digs. Alexandra N. Huston-Carico ’08 also reached double figures in kills with 11 to go along with a .417 hitting percentage and three assisted blocks. In two games, Briana J. Stephenson ’07, Barden E. Cleeland ’10, and Alexandra T. May ’10 each totaled five kills while Cleeland contributed three assisted blocks. Carrie C. Buchanan ’08 collected 15 digs from the back row while Morris notched 41 assists, nine digs, and three aces.
The Engineers asserted themselves against Messiah in the second round of the tournament, taking the first and second games, but after getting up 26-24 in the third game, the team took its foot off the gas and Messiah made a late run to steal the game.
MIT learned its lesson and came out on fire in the fourth game and never looked back. Cleeland had a solid outing, finishing with 13 kills on a .667 hitting percentage, and team-highs in blocks (one solo, five assisted) and aces (four). Morris nearly recorded a triple-double as she totaled 43 assists, 15 digs, and seven kills to go along with three assisted blocks. Rogoz led MIT’s offense with 14 kills while Stephenson added 11. Buchanan tallied a team-best 19 digs.
In the championship match, the outcome was never in question as MIT played a very efficient match winning 3-0. May paced the Engineers with 10 kills and 10 digs. Cleeland totaled nine kills and four assisted blocks as Rogoz registered eight kills. Rose Zhong ’08 hit six aces while Buchanan scooped seven digs.