Sept. 4, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The MIT women's volleyball team began the 2005 season by sweeping its way to its fourth consecutive Gordon College Tournament championship title. Caroline Jordan was named the Tournament Most Valuable Player while Frances Rogoz was selected to the All-Tournament Team. Austin Zimmerman reached a career milestone in the championship match by tallying her 1000th career dig.
The Engineers (3-0) opened the tournament against the host Fighting Scots with a 30-22, 30-21, 30-22 victory. Rogoz paced Tech's front court with 14 error-free kills while Jordan added 13 of her own. In addition, Jordan and Rogoz amassed three aces apiece while dropping six kills in the second game. Defensively, MIT was led by Arlis Reynolds and Carrie Buchanan with 18 and 14 digs, respectively. Reynolds anchored the back line with eight digs in the second game while Alexandra Huston-Carico supplied four total blocks at the net. Zimmerman dished out 24 assists in two games while adding six kills on just eight swings. Amanda Morris, who split setting duties with Zimmerman, recorded 14 assists.
In the second match of the day, MIT defeated Eastern Connecticut State University, 30-22, 30-16, 30-24. Rogoz and Jordan again commanded front-row play, with four blocks apiece. Rogoz recorded a team-high 14 kills for the second match in a row. Jordan totaled 12 kills on 24 attemps with just two errors for a hitting percentage of .417. Buchanan led the defense with 11 digs, including six in game two, as Briana Stephenson earned four assisted blocks. Lindsay Hunting and Reynolds were dangerous from the service line, combining for seven of the Engineers' 12 aces.
MIT claimed the tournament championship with a 30-19, 30-19, 30-19, win over Endicott College. Jordan led Tech's attack with 16 kills and added three total blocks. Rogoz tallied 11 kills as Stephenson posted nine kills on 16 attempts. Zimmerman and Reynolds led the Engineers with 13 and 11 digs, respectively, while Buchanan added 10 to go along with four aces. Zimmerman handed out 36 assists before passing along setting duties to Morris, who connected with Jordan for match point.