Women’s Volleyball Captures MIT Invitational Title

MIT Invitational team photo

THE BASICS:

- Scores:

MIT 3, Endicott College 0 (25-19, 25-15, 25-13)

MIT 3, No. 15 University of La Verne 2 (18-25, 24-26, 26-24, 25-14, 15-13)

- Records: MIT (8-0); Endicott (2-4); La Verne (6-1)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)

- The Lead: The MIT women's volleyball team captured its fourth MIT Invitational title in six years after sweeping Endicott College and outlasting nationally-ranked No. 15 University of La Verne in five sets on Saturday. For the second year in a row senior Lisette Tellez (Miami, Fla.) was named the Tournament MVP while classmate Alli Davanzo (Saint Johns, Fla.) earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team.

HOW IT HAPPENED – MATCH ONE vs. Endicott:

- MIT built a 15-9 lead in the first set but Endicott rattled off five straight points. The Engineers picked up the next four points, increasing their cushion to 19-14. The Gulls stayed close, using an ace by Cydney Pierce to narrow the gap to 22-19. This was as close as it would get as MIT capitalized on a trio of Endicott errors to win the set.

- A kill by Emma Mancini brought the Gulls within 15-12 in the second stanza. However, a block by freshman Emily Condon (Orange, Calif.) and junior Christina Liao (Warren, N.J.) sparked a 10-3 run which was capped by back-to-back kills from sophomore Shea Landeene (Phoenix, Ariz.) to capture the set.

- Three straight aces by junior Carly Silvernale (Bellevue, Wash.) pushed the Engineers' advantage to 20-8 in the third set. Both sides traded points until a kill by junior Carly Staub (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) clinched the match.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Junior Abby Bertics (La Jolla, Calif.) led all players with 12 kills to go along with a .370 hitting percentage for MIT. Staub posted seven kills while Silvernale finished with 12 digs and four aces. Liao recorded 22 assists and two blocks as Tellez and senior Clare Farley (La Jolla, Calif.) both collected seven digs.

- Alex Dippel paced Endicott with nine kills while Mancini notched a team-high 10 digs to go along with seven kills. Lauren Sheehan tacked on seven kills as Mareena Clotfelter registered 16 assists and six digs.

HOW IT HAPPENED – MATCH TWO vs. La Verne:

- After six ties and three lead changes in the opening frame, La Verne put together a 12-5 run before eventually winning the set at 25-18 on a kill by Delaney Lynch.

- The early stages of the second stanza were closely played until MIT inched out to a 22-16 lead. Despite the deficit the Leopards continued to attack, tying the score at 24 following two kills by Mireya Rojo. La Verne completed the come-from-behind victory courtesy of two aces by Natalie Barragan.

- Trailing 9-2 in the third set, the Engineers battled back and eventually recorded a 26-24 win courtesy of a kill and an ace by Tellez.

- MIT carried the momentum into the fourth set, racing out to a 9-2 advantage. A serving error brought the Leopards within three (14-11), but the Engineers mounted an 11-3 run that was capped by freshman Andie Maloney's (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) kill.

- In the decisive fifth frame, La Verne crept out to a 6-4 edge on a kill by Lynch. MIT replied with a 10-3 run, which included a string of six unanswered points. The Leopards put together a rally of their own as three blocks and an ace brought them within 14-13. A kill by Bertics thwarted the comeback attempt and secured the victory for the hosts.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Tellez racked up 17 kills and eight digs while Davanzo generated 14 kills, a .353 hitting performance, and eight blocks. Bertics bolstered the front row with 10 kills and four blocks as Maloney registered 51 assists and 17 digs. Farley earned a trio of aces while Silvernale totaled 16 digs. Sophomore Madison Lee (Hillsborough, Calif.) contributed 10 digs as Staub and sophomore Veronica Ripper (Brighton, Mich.) chipped in four and three blocks, respectively.

- Delaney finished with 11 kills and nine blocks while Marisa Rojo added 10 kills and three aces. Katelyn Winiecki amassed 15 blocks as Madison Maynes tallied 21 assists, 10 digs, and two aces. Barragan rounded out the squad with 17 assists, 10 digs, and two aces.

UP NEXT:

- MIT returns to action on Tuesday, Sept. 12 when it hosts Springfield College in the NEWMAC opener for both squads.

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