“They can’t stop this train coming through!” Joshua A. Geltman ’08 exclaimed about the MIT women’s volleyball team and its dominance through its first four matches. Despite the crowd’s enthusiasm, the Engineers split their matches on Saturday, winning their first match in straight sets but falling to Brandeis in five for their first loss of the season. Geltman and the large crowd of alumni and students emphatically waved signs, stomped on bleachers, and cheered for the Engineers in the exciting atmosphere of Rockwell Cage.
In the first match of the day’s non-conference doubleheader, the MIT women’s volleyball team faced the Johnson & Wales Wildcats. Tech captured the first set, 25-19, and carried the momentum into the second set, securing an early lead. After the Wildcats tightened the gap, the Engineers won the set 25-21. Winning the third set 25-14 with a block on match point, Tech triumphed over the Wildcats in straight sets, improving MIT’s record to 5-0.
In the second match, the Brandeis Judges halted the Engineer’s winning streak. After winning the first set 25-19, MIT lost the next two sets 20-25 and 23-25, respectively. With an early fourth set run, the Engineers rallied to capture the set, 25-14. The fifth and deciding set was closely contested at 13-15. Despite a strong performance, the Engineers fell in a close match to the Judges.
Next weekend, the Engineers will seek to keep the train rolling in the Ducks Classic at the Stevens Institute of Technology by building on their solid 5-1 start to the fall season.