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Volleyball Wins All Games For Crown

By Mindy Brauer

The MIT women’s volleyball team did not drop a game in four matches as it captured its first Hall of Fame Tournament crown in four years this past weekend.

The Engineers blanked Mount Holyoke College (30-18, 30-21, 30-22) and Brandeis University (30-24, 30-20, 30-28) in pool play on Friday, then defeated Amherst College (37-35, 30-22, 30-12) and Tufts University (30-19, 30-22, 30-24) on Saturday to claim the championship.

Amanda J. Morris ’08 represented MIT on the All-Tournament Team, averaging 38.5 assists/match and 8.75 digs/match, while Alexandra T. May ’10 received her first tournament MVP award, averaging 13.75 kills/match.

Against Mount Holyoke, Briana Stephenson ’07 powered the Engineers’ (28-4, 6-2 in NEWMAC) offense with 11 kills, a .389 hitting percentage. and four blocks. Kathering C. Rowe ’10 added four blocks to go along with nine kills. Carrie C. Buchanan ’08 totaled a team-high eight digs as Rose Zhong ’08 chipped in seven of her own. Morris distributed 34 assists against the host Lyons.

Rowe recorded an efficient hitting performance against Brandeis as she totaled 11 kills on 16 attempts with one error (.625). May paced MIT with 14 kills and Frances M. Rogoz ’07 added eight. The Engineers amassed eight aces with Lindsay E. Hunting ’09 and Zhong both serving three and Morris recording two. Morris led Tech’s defense with 13 digs and ran the offense with 37 assists.

In Saturday’s semifinal with Amherst, May had a solid outing as she finished with 17 kills, 10 digs, and three blocks. Rowe anchored the Engineers’ blocking corps with seven stops, adding 13 kills as well. Morris notched her second double-double of the tournament with 44 assists and 12 digs. Zhong led the back row with 14 digs while Hunting and Buchanan each contributed 11.

May and Stephenson were forces to be reckoned with in the championship match versus Tufts. The duo each recorded five blocks with May tallying 16 kills (.375 hitting percentage) and Stephenson posting 10 kills (.438). Rogoz contributed 12 kills for the second consecutive match, and Rowe totaled four blocks and a team-high three aces. Buchanan led MIT with 11 digs, followed by 10 from Hunting. Morris registered 39 assists for the Engineers.