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Kelly E. Schulte ’12 leaps up for a kill in front of a Rhode Island College player in the pre-season game on Wednesday, Sept. 3.
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For the seventh year in a row, the MIT women’s volleyball team kicked off its season by winning the Gordon College Invitational. The Engineers defeated the host Fighting Scots (25-17, 19-25, 23-25, 25-17, 15-13), Keene State College (25-13, 19-25, 25-21, 25-15), and Endicott College (25-22, 25-16, 25-19) to begin their campaign with a 3-0 record. Alexandra T. May ’10 was named the Tournament MVP while Lindsay E. Hunting ’09 was named to the All-Tournament Team.

Against Gordon, Kelly E. Schulte ’12 tallied 14 digs, 13 kills, four aces, and four blocks. May posted 18 kills and 11 digs as Hunting contributed 14 digs. Jennifer Li ’11 and Katrina M. Ellison ’10 bolstered MIT’s attack with eight and six kills, respectively. Catherine Melnikow ’10 finished with 34 assists, seven digs, four aces, and three blocks.

Against Keene State, Schulte powered the Engineers’ front row with 15 kills to go along with nine digs. May had 16 digs and seven kills as Ellison and Barden E. Cleeland ’10 each added four kills and three blocks. Melnikow registered 23 assists and five aces while Hunting had 12 digs and three aces. Li bolstered MIT’s defense with five blocks.

May had a solid outing against Endicott, picking up 12 kills, 10 digs, and three aces as Li recorded 10 kills, including a .500 hitting percentage, and four blocks. Hunting racked up 17 digs while Allison E. Hamilos ’12 posted seven digs, six kills, and three aces. Melnikow tallied 30 assists, eight digs, and three aces as Cleeland rounded out the front row with seven kills and three blocks.

MIT continued their streak by sweeping Rhode Island College 25-11, 25-9, 25-22 on Wednesday.