MIT recorded a 30-28, 30-25, 30-14 win over host U.S. Coast Guard Academy on Tuesday night, recording its sixth consecutive sweep over a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference foe. The Engineers (21-1, 6-0 NEWMAC) dealt the Bears their first regular-season home conference loss in nearly four years, with their last defeat coming at the hands of MIT on Oct. 21, 2003.
In the opening game, Coast Guard established a 9-8 edge before the Engineers scored eight straight points. With MIT leading 18-10, the Bears went on an 8-1 run to cut the deficit to one. The Engineers countered by creating a three-point cushion that held at 29-26. Coast Guard earned two points before MIT closed out the game.
The second game was knotted at 11 before the Engineers mounted a 10-4 run. The Bears slowly chipped away at the margin, eventually coming within three at 26-23, but MIT sealed the win with several key blocks.
The Engineers were too much to handle in the final game as they cruised to a 30-14 victory, recording a .343 hitting percentage that was the team’s best for the night.
With 38 assists, Amanda J. Morris ’08 became the fourth player in MIT history to reach the 3,000-assist mark. Rose Zhong ’08 and Katherine C. Rowe ’10 each notched nine kills, while Katrina M. Ellison ’10 notched eight. Zhong paced MIT with 12 digs, and Carrie C. Buchanan ’08 recorded 10. Jennifer Li ’11 added seven kills and a team-high four aces. Barden E. Cleeland ’10 paced the blocking corps with nine blocks, followed by four from Rowe.