Sept. 11, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The MIT women's volleyball team captured its second consecutive tournament crown as it won the Muhlenberg College Buttermaker Invitational this past weekend. The Engineers (8-1) blanked Albright College (30-11, 30-16, 30-8), King's College (30-13, 30-10, 30-10), and Tufts University (30-24, 30-12, 30-27), before falling to the University of Mary Washington (20-30, 30-28, 30-27, 19-30, 15-11). Despite the loss, Tech received the title as a result of winning five games in the championship bracket while Tufts and Mary Washington each won three. Carrie Buchanan was named the Tournament MVP as Barden Cleeland was selected to the All-Tournament Team.
Cleeland recorded a stellar hitting performance against Albright, tallying 13 kills on 16 errorless attempts for a .813 hitting percentage. Frances Rogoz contributed seven kills while Katie Rowe, Briana Stephenson, and Alex May each totaled five. As a team, MIT hit .358 for the match. Rose Zhong recorded a team-high nine digs as Buchanan and Amanda Morris led the way with three aces apiece. Morris and Cathy Melnikow split setting duties, finishing with 27 and 16 assists, respectively. Alexandra Huston-Carico, Morris and Buchanan rounded out the defense with eight digs each.
The Engineers' hitting success continued against King's as they totaled a .474 team hitting percentage (50 kills, five errors, 95 attempts). Rogoz recorded 10 kills on 15 attempts (.667) as Cleeland and May added eight kills each. Rowe posted five aces as Zhong contributed four of her own to go along with 10 digs. Defensively, Buchanan paced Tech with 22 digs and Stephenson finished with three assisted blocks. Once again, Morris and Melnikow shared setting responsibilities, dishing out 25 and 13 assists.
In Saturday's match-up with Tufts, Rogoz led the way with 13 kills as May added 12. Cleeland had a strong outing, finishing with 13 kills, five aces, and three assisted blocks. Huston-Carico paced the blocking corps with five assisted stops while Morris posted two solo blocks. Buchanan totaled 15 digs and two aces as Morris registered 33 assists and 13 digs.
Buchanan (30 digs), Morris (27 digs), and Stephenson (nine assisted blocks) set new career standards in the Engineers' loss to Mary Washington. Rogoz and Cleeland each recorded 15 kills while Stephenson contributed 14. In addition to nine kills, May bolstered Tech's defense with 12 digs, one solo and six assisted blocks. Melnikow totaled 10 digs as Huston-Carico and Cleeland notched six and five assisted blocks, respectively. Morris tallied 41 assists, resulting in her second double-double of the day.