Sept. 18, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The MIT women's volleyball team extended its winning streak to six after defeating NEWMAC foe WPI (30-7, 30-7, 30-13) and UMass-Dartmouth (30-20, 30-15, 30-19) in a pair of matches on Tuesday night. In the conference nightcap, Rose Zhong tallied an Institute-record 13 aces, with 10 occurring during the opening frame, and added a team-high 12 digs.
WPI (3-10, 0-3 NEWMAC) quickly established a three-point lead in the first game, but MIT (10-1, 3-0 NEWMAC) picked up the next two points and took the lead for good on back-to-back kills by Katie Rowe. MIT's seven-point run came to an end on a service error, which brought WPI within three (7-4). MIT captured the ensuing point and answered with Zhong serving the next 19 points to extend the lead to 27-4.
MIT's success at the service line continued in the second stanza as Lindsay Hunting served the first 14 points. WPI got on the board following a hitting miscue by MIT, but it could not overcome the deficit as MIT cruised to victory.
In the third game, MIT went ahead, 4-0, but WPI narrowed the gap to two (5-3). MIT scored seven of the next eight points for its largest lead of the frame (12-4). However, WPI battled back and cut the margin to four (14-10). MIT countered with a 16-3 run to close out the match.
Rowe was a force at the net as she amassed 17 kills on 20-errorless attempts for a hitting percentage of .850 and led the way with three blocks. Jenny Li chipped in eight kills while Anna Dikina and Barden Cleeland notched four apiece. Cleeland added a pair of aces to her stat line as Lindsay Hunting registered seven digs and two aces. Carrie Buchanan tallied 10 digs while Dikina posted five in one game. Through two games, Amanda Morris dished out 30 assists as Cassy Piela capped the night with 11.
WPI's Kate Woodman posted a match-high 14 digs while Christina Grant paced the offense with three kills. Nikki Croteau finished the night with six assists.
In the Engineers' non-conference match with UMass-Dartmouth (3-6), Rowe and Cleeland each registered a hitting percentage of .391 as Rowe posted a match-high 12 kills while Cleeland tallied 11. Hunting notched six aces, followed by three from Buchanan and two each by Dikina, Morris, Zhong, Katrina Ellison, and Li. Cleeland paced the blocking corps with three blocks while Buchanan collected 11 digs. Morris totaled 26 assists and nine digs in two games as Ellison added seven digs. Piela distributed 11 assists in the third frame.
Nazareth Cardoso paced UMass-Dartmouth's offense with six kills while Aly Zagame picked up eight digs. Mellanie Staiger finished with 12 assists for the Corsairs.
All three teams will continue non-conference play this week. This weekend, MIT will host its 16-team two-day invitational while UMass-Dartmouth will host Roger Williams University and Wheaton College on Saturday, Sept. 22. WPI will continue its road trip on Thursday, Sept. 20 went it travels to Becker College.