No. 15 Engineers Sweep Clark, Record 25th Straight 20-Win Season

Lisette Tellez
Courtesy of DSPics.com

THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 15 MIT 3, Clark University 0 (25-18, 25-22, 29-27)

- Records: No. 15 MIT (20-1, 7-0 NEWMAC); Clark (11-8, 4-4 NEWMAC)

- Location: Worcester, Mass. (Kneller Athletic Center)

- The Lead: The nationally-ranked No. 15 MIT women's volleyball team improved to 20-1 on the year and 7-0 in NEWMAC play after defeating conference foe Clark University, 25-18, 25-22, 29-27, on Tuesday night. The victory marked the Engineers' 25th straight 20-win season as head coach Paul Dill's squads have reached this mark every year during his 22-year tenure.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Knotted at seven, MIT mounted a 10-4 run to take control of the opening set. A ball-handling error brought Clark within 22-17 but the Engineers captured three of the last four points with sophomore Madison Lee's (Hillsborough, Calif.) ace securing the win.

- The visitors jumped out to an 8-1 advantage in the second stanza. The Cougars chipped away at the deficit and eventually evened the score at 16 courtesy of a block. A kill by junior Abby Bertics (La Jolla, Calif.) and then a block will classmate Carly Staub (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) kicked off a 4-1 spurt, however, a Clark kill and block narrowed the gap to 20-19. MIT countered with another 4-1 burst as a kill from senior Lisette Tellez (Miami, Fla.) resulted in set point. A serving error along with a kill kept the Cougars alive but a hitting error thwarted the late rally.

- Trailing 8-4 in the third set, Clark claimed six of the next seven points as an ace gave the hosts the lead. The Engineers responded with an 8-2 run which resulted in an 18-13 advantage. The Cougars battled back as a pair of kills trimmed the deficit to 21-19. An exchange of points ensued until a kill by sophomore Shea Landeene (Phoenix, Ariz.) gave MIT match point at 24-21.

- Clark extended the match by capitalizing on a hitting error and two kills. Senior Alli Davanzo's (Saint Johns, Fla.) kill once again put the Engineers in front but the back-and-forth scoring resumed as an MIT hitting error created a 27-27 deadlock. The Cardinal and Gray denied the comeback attempt courtesy of a Bertics kill and a Cougars' hitting miscue.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Davanzo racked up 11 kills, a .556 hitting percentage, and four blocks while Bertics finished with a team-high 13 kills. Landeene tallied seven kills, a .375 hitting performance, and four blocks as freshman Andie Maloney (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) registered 34 assists and 15 digs. Tellez totaled 15 digs and two aces while junior Carly Silvernale (Bellevue, Wash.) paced the squad with 17 digs. Farley and Staub bolstered the defense with nine digs and four blocks, respectively.

UP NEXT:

- MIT hosts SUNY Oneonta in a non-conference tilt on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 10:30 a.m.

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