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Volleyball Dominates Wheaton 3-0

By Mindy Brauer

The MIT women’s volleyball team improved to 5-0 in conference play with a 30-16, 30-17, 30-10, victory over Wheaton College in a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) match on Tuesday night.

The Engineers’ overall record is now 20-2, marking the 26th time the program has surpassed a 20-win total in its 32 seasons of existence. In addition, Tech has reached this milestone every season during head coach Paul Dill’s 11-year tenure.

Amanda J. Morris ’08 recorded a solid all-around performance for MIT as she totaled 27 assists, 14 digs, three blocks, and two aces. Frances M. Rogoz ’07 hit a match-high ten kills while Briana J. Stephenson ’07 added nine.

Ellen E. Sojka ’08 spiked seven kills on 11 errorless attempts for a .636 hitting percentage. Stephenson paced MIT’s blocking corps with four and Alexandra N. Huston-Carico ’08 contributed three total blocks.

Carrie C. Buchanan ’08 collected 15 digs while Alexandra T. May ’10 notched nine. May and Catherine Melnikow ’10 led all servers with three aces apiece.

Katie Dooley posted a team-high nine kills for Wheaton (2-15, 1-4 NEWMAC) while Tonia Smith finished with eight kills and two blocks. Allison Reichentahl paced the Lyons with 14 digs as Sarah Oster contributed 12 of her own. Alexis Liesman and Lauren Smith shared setting duties, distributing eight and seven assists, respectively.

MIT will resume action on Tuesday, Oct. 10 against NEWMAC foe U.S. Coast Guard Academy while Wheaton will travel to Bates College this weekend to compete in the Midcoast Classic.