Courtesy of Babson College Sports Information
BABSON PARK, Mass. – Senior captain Jenny Li became just the 10th player in MIT women's volleyball history to record 1,000 career kills on Tuesday night, as she guided the visiting Engineers to a 25-19, 25-13, 25-14 victory over host Babson College in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) match at Staake Gymnasium. With the win, MIT improved to 13-9 overall and 3-2 in the conference, while the Beavers fell to 7-9 overall and 1-4 in the league.
Li finished with 12 kills in the win for MIT, with her ninth of the night marking the 1000th of her outstanding career. She was the third player in two years to reach this milestone as Barden Cleeland '10 and Alex May '10 accomplished this feat last season. Sharon Hao added a match-high 26 assists in the win, while Trinity Leonard added 10 digs on defense. Kristine Bunker tallied nine kills, a .438 hitting percentage, five aces, and four blocks as Katie Spielbauer posted eight digs. Emma Gargus registered four blocks followed by three from Kelly Schulte.
For Babson, Nina Milovanovic continued her magnificent season by registering 10 kills to go with four digs and three block assists. Kathleen Lynch added 20 assists, Meg Flaherty chipped in with seven kills, and Ashley Strangio finished with four block assists. Jess Millman was also outstanding on defense for the Beavers, finishing with a team-best 10 digs.
Babson resumes play with a non-conference tri-match at UMass-Boston this Saturday, while MIT will return to action next Tuesday with a home match against NEWMAC foe Smith College.