2014 MIT Women's Volleyball News

September 30, 2014
Astrachan Has Career Night in 3-1 Win over Clark
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT women’s volleyball team emerged with a hard-fought 25-17, 21-25, 25-20, 25-19 victory over Clark University in a NEWMAC battle on Tuesday night. Senior Jenny Astrachan (Austin, Texas) led all players with a career-high 19 kills to go along with a .375 hitting percentage as the Engineers improved to 15-2 on the year and 4-1 in conference play. For the Cougars (6-9, 1-4 NEWMAC), freshman Marina Ramos (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) led the way with 13 kills, a .312 hitting effort, 17 digs, and two aces.

September 28, 2014
Engineers Top Smith in Three Sets
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – In a NEWMAC women’s volleyball match on Saturday afternoon, MIT defeated host Smith College, 25-10, 25-15, 26-24. With the win, the Engineers improved to 14-2 on the year and 3-1 in conference play.

September 23, 2014
Efficient Attack Powers Women’s Volleyball in Sweep of Mount Holyoke
SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. – Behind the strength of a team hitting percentage of .361, the MIT women’s volleyball team went on to defeat host Mount Holyoke College, 25-13, 25-9, 25-15, in NEWMAC women’s volleyball action on Tuesday night. Sophomore Megan Gebhard (Howell, Mich.) paced the Engineers’ balanced attack with a match-high 11 kills as the squad improved to 13-2 on the year and 2-1 in conference play.

September 20, 2014
MIT Falls to Springfield, 3-1, in Volleyball
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The MIT women’s volleyball team dropped a tough 20-25, 25-23, 26-24, 25-21 decision to host Springfield College in NEWMAC action on Saturday. Senior Jenny Astrachan (Austin, Texas) led all players with 18 kills followed by 16 from sophomore Megan Gebhard (Howell, Mich.) as the Engineers’ record lowered to 12-2 on the year and 1-1 in conference play.

September 16, 2014
Tech Volleyball Blanks WPI, 3-0, in NEWMAC Opener
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Behind a match-high 21 digs from sophomore Tori Wuthrich (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.) and strong setting by senior Nicole Gagnier (Atlanta, Ga.) that resulted in a .450 hitting percentage, the MIT women’s volleyball team defeated WPI, 25-10, 25-14, 25-13, in the NEWMAC opener for both squads on Tuesday night. With the win, MIT improved to 12-1 on the year while WPI saw its ledger lower to 7-4.

September 15, 2014
Gagnier Receives NEWMAC Volleyball Honors
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the second time in three weeks the MIT women’s volleyball team received NEWMAC Athlete of the Week honors as senior Nicole Gagnier (Atlanta, Ga.) was chosen for the award on Monday. The accolade comes after she helped the Engineers sweep their way to the MIT Invitational crown in addition to being voted as the Tournament MVP this past weekend.

September 13, 2014
Women's Volleyball Captures MIT Invitational Crown
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT women’s volleyball team swept its way to the 2014 MIT Invitational title on Saturday afternoon, claiming its sixth championship in the 25-year history of the tournament. The Engineers (11-1) blanked Emmanuel College (28-26, 25-13, 25-15) and Connecticut College (25-17, 25-20, 25-12) on Friday before wrapping up the tournament with victories over Bates College (27-25, 25-17, 25-21) and Endicott College (25-21, 25-17, 25-17). Senior Nicole Gagnier (Atlanta, Ga.) was named the Tournament MVP while sophomore Megan Gebhard (Howell, Mich.) earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team.

September 6, 2014
Engineers Finish Second at Vassar Invitational
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – The MIT women’s volleyball team compiled a 3-1 ledger as it was the runner-up at the Vassar College Invitational this past weekend. The Engineers (7-1) fell to SUNY New Paltz in the opener (21-25, 19-25, 25-23, 25-22, 15-13) before outlasting the host Brewers, 23-25, 25-9, 27-29, 25-19, 15-9, in Friday’s nightcap. MIT made quick work of its opponents on Saturday as it swept the College of Mount Saint Vincent (25-9, 25-13, 25-14) and Ramapo College (25-17, 25-16, 25-19). Senior Nicole Gagnier (Atlanta, Ga.) represented the Cardinal and Gray on the All-Tournament Team.

September 2, 2014
Gebhard Named NEWMAC Volleyball Player of the Week
BOSTON, Mass. – MIT sophomore Megan Gebhard (Howell, Mich.) was tabbed for NEWMAC Women’s Volleyball Player of the Week accolades on Tuesday. In a 4-0 weekend that saw the Engineers win the Regis College Pride Invitational, she was voted the Tournament MVP after racking up 38 kills, a .533 hitting percentage, and three blocks.

August 30, 2014
Women’s Volleyball Captures Pride Invitational Crown
WESTON, Mass. – In its fourth straight appearance at the Regis College Pride Invitational, the MIT women’s volleyball team secured its fourth championship title on Saturday afternoon. The Engineers (4-0) opened the weekend by defeating Gordon College, 25-16, 25-16, 21-25, 25-21, and then swept Eastern Nazarene College (25-17, 25-9, 25-14) and the host Pride (25-20, 25-21, 25-16). MIT concluded the tournament by blanking Gordon, 25-9, 25-12, 25-15, in the finale. Sophomore Megan Gebhard (Howell, Mich.) was voted the Tournament MVP while freshman Alli Davanzo (St. Johns, Fla.) represented the Cardinal and Gray on the All-Tournament Team.

August 20, 2014
Kristine Bunker '14 Represents MIT Volleyball in Costa Rica
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Last month Kristine Bunker ’14 (Falmouth, Mass.) of the MIT women’s volleyball team traveled to Costa Rica for a week of teaching and competition courtesy of USA Athletes International. She received the invitation in January following her selection as an All-America honorable mention by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).

August 5, 2014
Women's Volleyball Receives AVCA Team Academic Award
LEXINGTON, Ky. – For the eighth year in a row, the MIT women’s volleyball team qualified for the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award. The college ranks produced 354 programs that met the requirements, including 126 Division III teams.