Sept. 17, 2008
Clark University Sports Information
WORCESTER, Mass. - In its New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) season-opener, the MIT women's volleyball team defeated host Clark University, 25-19, 25-17, 22-25, 25-23, on Tuesday. The win lifted the Engineers' ledger to 6-5 on the year and 1-0 in conference play while snapping a five-match losing streak.
In the opening set, Clark took its first lead of the day on Nichole Lopez's serve for a 14-13 advantage. A trio of ties followed with the last at 17, before MIT scored six unanswered points to pull away with the win.
With the score knotted at 13 in the second stanza, the Engineers went on a 6-1 run capped by Barden Cleeland's kill down the middle. The Cougars capitalized on three straight errors by MIT to trail by two (19-17). The Engineers responded by recording the final six points of the frame.
In game three, Parker Edmonds' opposite corner kill gave the Cougars a 4-1 edge and they never looked back. Clark established its largest margin of the night when Edmonds floated the ball over the net to put the hosts up, 16-11. Alex May evened the set at 21 with a kill of her own, but three straight points from Maritza Fair resulted in set point. Following a Clark miscue, Liz Magier's spike denied the Engineers a sweep.
Trailing by one (22-21) in the fourth game, a series of hitting miscues by both teams gave MIT a 24-22 edge. A kill by Fair cut the deficit in half, however, Cleeland's back-row strike sealed up the match for the Engineers.
May paced MIT with 16 kills, 18 digs, four aces, and two blocks while Cleeland contributed 13 kills and a .310 hitting performance. Lindsay Hunting recorded 16 digs and three aces as Cathy Melnikow dished out 46 and four aces. Katrina Ellison registered 11 digs and nine kills while Jenny Li tallied seven kills, three aces, and two blocks.
Clark was led by Fair with 20 kills, 10 digs and three service aces. Edmonds chipped in with six kills while Amira Tranchell finished with five. Emily Visone recorded 13 digs for the Cougars.