No. 18 MIT Cruises Past Maine Maritime, 3-0, in NCAA Tournament First Round Match

Shea Landeene
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THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 18 MIT 3, Maine Maritime Academy 0 (25-15, 25-13, 25-16)

- Records: MIT (29-2); Maine Maritime (20-13)

- Location: Providence, R.I. (Wildcat Center)

- The Lead: Nationally-ranked No. 18 MIT swept Maine Maritime Academy, 25-15, 25-13, 25-16, in the first round of the NCAA Women's Volleyball Tournament on Friday at Johnson & Wales University. Junior Abby Bertics (La Jolla, Calif.) led all player with 10 kills while hitting .364 for the Engineers.

- Interview with head coach Paul Dill, junior Carly Silvernale, and freshman Andie Maloney

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- MIT jumped out to a 7-3 lead but Maine Maritime battled back, closing the gap to one point on multiple occasions, the last at 12-11. The Engineers replied with a kill by sophomore Shea Landeene (Phoenix, Ariz.), which sparked a 13-4 set-ending run.

- MIT carried the momentum into the second stanza as it quickly established a 6-1 advantage. The Mariners chipped away at the deficit, using a serving error to bring it within 8-4. Two miscues by Maine Maritime were followed by an ace from junior Carly Silvernale (Bellevue, Wash.) which helped the Engineers pull away for a 25-13 win.

- The Mariners picked up four of the first five points of the third set but a serving error ignited a 17-5 run that put MIT ahead for good. Despite the deficit Maine Maritime continued to attack, closing the gap to 21-16 after a hitting error by the Engineers. MIT capitalized on four miscues by the Mariners to capture a 25-16 victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Landeene chipped in five kills while hitting .714 as Silvernale collected a match-high 16 digs. Senior Clare Farley (La Jolla, Calif.) and sophomore Madison Lee (Hillsborough, Calif.) both produced seven digs and two aces while senior Alli Davanzo (Saint Johns, Fla.) and junior Carly Staub (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) both recorded two blocks. Freshman Andie Maloney (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) dished out 16 assists in the first two sets as junior Christina Liao (Warren, N.J.) distributed nine assists in the final frame.

UP NEXT:

- MIT will face Tufts University in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 2:30 p.m.

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