MIT Women’s Volleyball swept all four of its matches this past weekend to take the Regis Pride Invitational Championship. Kristine A. Bunker ’14 was named to the All-Tournament Team and Tatiana Berger ’14 was named the Tournament MVP.
MIT defeated Husson in their match of the tournament, 3-0, as 13 of the 16 MIT players that saw the floor registered at least one kill in the 25-16, 25-10, 25-13 win. Meryl E. Gibbs ’16 led all players with six kills, while Berger was instrumental in getting the team big kills when they needed them. Helping set up the offense, Nicole C. Gagnier ’15 and Alyssa L. Rothman ’13 combined to hand out 19 assists. Katie K. Spielbauer ’13 led the Engineers with six digs, while Leonard added five of her own in the win.
After a slow start in their second match, the Engineers dropped the first set before coming back to defeat Worcester State, 3-1 (18-25, 25-15, 25-23, 25-15). Bunker posted a match-high 12 kills, while Trinity P. Leonard ’13 chipped in with 11 of her own in the win. Jennifer L. Astrachan ’15 just missed double-digit kills, adding nine kills. Gagnier ’15 dished out a match-high 36 assist and added five kills and four digs. Spielbauer ’13 paced the Engineers defense with 14 digs, while five MIT players combined for seven total blocks.
MIT advanced to the Championship Match of the tournament with a 3-0 (25-13, 25-15, 25-13) win over host Regis College in the semi-finals. Sharon S. Hao ’14 was also instrumental for the win, playing with tremendous defense, good passing and five service aces.
In the tournament final, MIT needed four sets to dispose of WPI as the Engineers took home the Pride Invitational Championship with a 3-1 win by set scores of 25-14, 22-25, 25-18, 25-10. Bunker notched a game-high 12 kills and added four block assists to lead MIT. Berger and Astrachan added eight kills apiece while Gagnier handed out a game-high 38 assists. Berger also added three service aces to go with 10 digs for the Engineers.
Next weekend the Engineers will travel to Chicago to play in the North Park University Invitational Tournament.