Sept. 3, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT women’s volleyball team recorded a 25-11, 25-9, 25-22 victory over Rhode Island College in a non-conference match on Wednesday. With the win the Engineers’ ledger improved to 4-0 while the Anchorwomen dropped their season-opener.
Each side traded points to start the contest until MIT mounted a 13-3 run that resulted in a 16-6 advantage. RIC narrowed the gap to nine on two occasions, the last at 17-8, before the Engineers closed out the set by scoring eight of the final 11 points.
In the second stanza, the Anchorwomen used a service error and an ace to pull within one (4-3). MIT countered with a 19-3 run, including an eight-point serving stretch from Natasha Jensen, to put the set out of reach.
The Cardinal and Gray established a 17-9 lead in the final frame, but strong serving from Jackie Gervais narrowed the gap to two. MIT maintained its slight edge until a 4-1 spurt that featured a kill by Sharon Corriveau and an ace from Carly Pires evened the contest at 22. The Engineers responded with a side-out and a block by Evelyn Cordner and Emily Obert. A hitting miscue by RIC ended any hopes of extending the match.
Kelly Schulte posted a match-high 12 kills to go along with four digs for the Engineers. Jenny Li notched seven kills and two aces while Barden Cleeland contributed a trio of kills and blocks. Jensen paced MIT with seven digs and two aces as Obert bolstered the defensive effort with four blocks. Alex May and Allison Hamilos each recorded three kills while May added five digs. Lindsay Hunting compiled five digs and two aces as Cathy Melnikow dished out 16 assists in two games. Cordner tallied eight assists and four digs in the third set.
For the Anchorwomen, Corriveau led the way with eight kills.
Both teams will continue non-conference action this weekend. MIT will host Johnson & Wales University and Brandeis University in a tri-match on Saturday, Sept. 6 while RIC will participate in the Springfield College Invitational.