MIT Records 15th Straight 20-Win Season
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In the regular-season finale of women's volleyball action on Saturday, MIT fell to New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) rival the U.S. Coast Guard Academy before sweeping Johnson & Wales University in a non-conference tilt. Earlier, the Bears defeated the Wildcats in three sets.
The Engineers reached the 20-win mark for the 15th consecutive season as their overall record moved to 20-13. Throughout the program's history, the Cardinal and Gray have registered double-digit win totals in 33 out of 35 seasons.
U.S. Coast Guard Academy def. MIT, 3-2 (21-25, 25-22, 19-25, 25-21, 15-8)
Jenny Li led MIT (20-13, 6-3 NEWMAC) with a match-high 18 kills to go along with six digs. Cecily Joujon-Roche and Kelly Schulte both posted 12 kills and two blocks while Joujon-Roche added six digs and three aces. Trinity Leonard notched 11 digs and four kills as Kristine Bunker contributed four blocks and four kills. Katie Spielbauer amassed 31 digs and three aces while Natasha Jensen bolstered the defense with 10 digs. Sharon Hao dished out 45 assists as Tatiana Berger chipped in six digs and four kills.
Keriann Mason tallied 19 digs, 11 kills, and two aces for Coast Guard (27-5, 8-1 NEWMAC). Kelsey DePorto and Catherine Walker were forces to be reckoned with at the net as the both registered 11 kills while earning seven and four blocks, respectively. Lauren Bloch totaled 23 digs and seven kills as Sam Marmolejo collected 20 digs. Karen Matic recorded a double-double courtesy of 43 assists and 17 digs.
U.S. Coast Guard Academy def. Johnson & Wales University, 3-0 (25-15, 25-13, 25-16)
Keriann Mason had a solid outing for Coast Guard, finishing with 15 digs, five kills, and two aces. Merritt Anderson and Kelsey DePorto both notched five kills and a block while Walker led the Bears' balanced attack with six kills. Rachel Cuthrell chipped in four kills and two blocks as Jessica Anderson totaled a team-high 11 digs. Karen Matic rounded out the Bears with 27 assists and four aces.
Emma Anderson tallied seven kills, five digs, and an ace for Johnson & Wales (21-13). Abbey Reedy had five kills and an ace while Ashley Rey distributed 18 assists.
MIT def. Johnson & Wales University, 3-0 (25-17, 25-14, 25-21)
Trinity Leonard posted 11 kills, nine digs, and two blocks while Kelly Schulte contributed seven kills and three blocks for MIT. Cecily Joujon-Roche contributed five kills and two aces as Rachel Hunt and Emma Gargus both added four kills. Kristine Bunker registered three blocks while Katie Spielbauer collected 11 digs. Sharon Hao and Alyssa Rothman shared setting duties, finishing with 20 and seven assists, respectively.
Emma Anderson led the way for Johnson & Wales, racking up six kills, four digs, and an ace. Abbey Reedy also chipped in six kills while Ashley Rey totaled 15 assists and two aces.
All three squads enter postseason play next week. MIT, seeded No. 4 in the NEWMAC Championship Tournament will host WPI in a quarterfinal match on Tuesday, Nov. 2. As the No. 2 seed, Coast Guard will receive a bye and will return to action on Saturday, Nov. 6 in the semifinal round hosted by Springfield College. Johnson & Wales secured the top seed in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) and will resume play on Tuesday, Nov. 2.