Sept. 16, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - A match-high 12 kills by Frances Rogoz helped power MIT to a 30-21, 30-14, 30-14 victory over Clark University in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's volleyball match on Saturday afternoon. The win lifted the Engineers' ledger to 10-1 overall and 2-0 in NEWMAC play while the Cougars drop to 6-2 on the year and 1-1 in the conference.
Both squads opened the match by trading points until Tech established a 5-2 lead. Clark took the next two points, narrowing the deficit to one. MIT responded by tallying six unanswered points for an 11-4 advantage. The Cougars closed the gap to three, which forced a timeout by the Engineers. Following the break, Tech stopped the run with a kill by Alex May. After exchanging the next two points, MIT extended its margin to eight (17-9) behind the serving of Carrie Buchanan. Clark continued to attack as it never trailed by more than eight points, but it could not overcome the deficit.
With the second game tied at three, the Engineers mounted an 8-0 run. A pair of five-point spurts put the game out of reach for the Cougars as Tech's lead grew to 22-8.
In the early stages of the final frame, MIT jumped out to a 12-1 lead. Clark battled back and generated a five-point rally that brought the score to 19-12. After trading points, the Engineers regained serve on May's tip that narrowly grazed the top of the net as it dropped inside far sideline. Tech tallied nine of the next 10 points, with Katrina Ellison making the final strike for the match-winning kill.
Amanda Morris finished the day with 34 assists, seven digs, and four aces while Buchanan and Lindsay Hunting each totaled 12 digs. May posted a strong outing, tallying a team-best three blocks to go along with seven kills. Rose Zhong registered four aces as Briana Stephenson and Ellen Sojka notched seven and five kills, respectively.
Sarah Hunsucker contributed four kills, one ace, one solo block and three assisted blocks to the Cougars' cause. Tiffany Ong and Emily Visone each collected 10 digs as Ong posted five assists and two aces. Margo Labadorf and Kylie Kutney both totaled four kills as Larissa Christensen recorded seven assists and one ace.
Both squads will continue NEWMAC play on the road on Tuesday, Sept. 19 with MIT traveling to WPI and Clark making the trip to Wheaton College for 7:00 p.m. start times.