SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. – In its annual appearance at the Hall of Fame Tournament, the MIT women's volleyball team compiled a 1-2 ledger this past weekend. The Engineers (19-10) fell to Middlebury College, 26-28, 25-12, 25-21, 26-24 on Friday night but bounced back and outlasted Williams College, 25-19, 16-25, 15-25, 25-22, 15-12, on Saturday morning. In the finale, MIT was bested by Amherst College, 26-24, 25-23, 27-25. Senior Kristine Bunker (Falmouth, Mass.) represented the Cardinal and Gray on the All-Tournament Team.
In the opener with Middlebury, freshman Megan Gebhard (Howell, Mich.) tallied 16 kills, nine digs, and three aces while Bunker posted 13 kills, a .440 hitting performance, and five blocks. Senior Tatiana Berger (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) bolstered the attack with eight kills as junior Nicole Gagnier (Atlanta, Ga.) compiled 37 assists, 11 digs, and three blocks. Freshman Tori Wuthrich (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.) amassed 28 digs and two aces while classmate Jennie Glerum (Redmond, Wash.) notched seven digs and three aces. Senior Sharon Hao (San Jose, Calif.) tacked on seven digs as sophomore Meryl Gibbs (Bellaire, Texas) added two blocks.
Gebhard powered the Engineers with 21 kills and two blocks in the five-set battle against Williams. Berger recorded 11 kills, followed by nine from Bunker. Senior Emma Gargus (Columbus, Ohio) contributed three blocks to the front row as Gagnier dished out 45 assists. Wuthrich led the way with 18 digs and earned two aces while Hao collected 11 digs. Glerum rounded out the squad with five aces.
Bunker totaled eight kills, a .412 hitting percentage, and five blocks as Gebhard paced a balanced attack with 10 kills versus Amherst. Berger posted six kills and three aces while junior Jenny Astrachan (Austin, Texas) and Gibbs added five and four kills, respectively. Wuthrich totaled a team-high 17 digs, as Glerum notched 16 and Hao compiled 12. Gagnier finished with 31 assists, 11 digs, and four blocks while Gargus chipped in two blocks.
Next up for MIT will be a home match with first-year NEWMAC foe Emerson College on Tuesday, Oct. 29.