Sept. 26, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. - In an all-New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championship bracket, the MIT women's volleyball team emerged with the title after defeating Smith College in the semifinals and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Coast Guard advanced to the championship match after posting a 30-20, 32-30, 30-24 victory over Springfield College. Arlis Reynolds copped Tournament MVP honors while Caroline Jordan was selected to the All-Tournament Team.
The Engineers (14-3) kicked off the weekend by cruising to a 30-10, 30-21, 30-16 victory over Emmanuel College. Jordan led the way with 13 kills, putting her in the MIT 1000 Kill Club and becoming only the second player at MIT to tally both 1000 kills and digs. She also posted a .667 hitting percentage (18 kills, one error, 18 attempts) as the Engineers hit .406 as a team. Rose Zhong and Briana Stephenson each posted nine kills as Reynolds paced the defense with 13 digs. Carrie Buchanan was Tech's most prolific scorer, notching four aces on 22 attempts without an error. In two games, Amanda Morris contributed in every category, finishing with 26 assists, four digs, two aces, a kill, and a block.
Despite blowing a double-digit lead in the first game, MIT recovered to defeat Williams College, 28-30, 30-23, 30-23, 30-21. Austin Zimmerman quarterbacked a diverse offensive front, registering 49 assists. Jordan along with Frances Rogoz and Stephenson each reached double-figures in kills. Jordan had a team-high 17 while Rogoz and Stephenson added 12 and 10, respectively. Alexandra Huston-Carico and Zhong each contributed nine kills. Reynolds paced MIT's defense with a season-high 31 digs, which also set an Institute record for digs in a four-game match. Efforts by the Ephs to funnel their attack at MIT's right side were countered by Zimmerman's 18 digs while defensive specialists Buchanan and Lindsay Hunting each added 11. Stephenson had one of her best blocking performances of the season with two solo and four assisted blocks. As a team, the Engineers continued to be dangerous from the service line, dropping 13 aces with only six errors for the match.
In semifinal action, MIT escaped the opening frame against Smith, 34-32, which was marred by sloppy play. After settling down and regaining the rhythm that characterized their win over Williams, the Engineers cruised to 30-21 margins in the second and third games to clinch a spot in the final. Reynolds continued to amass digs at a spectacular pace, finishing with 18. Buchanan also reached double-figures with 10, while she along with Reynolds combined for seven aces without a service error. Zimmerman dished out 38 assists while connecting most efficiently with Stephenson, who totaled 10 kills. Rogoz paced Tech's attack with 12 kills as Jordan recorded 10 of her own.
The Engineers closed their invitational by sweeping Coast Guard, 30-26, 30-22, 30-20. Jordan scored 11 kills to lead MIT while Zhong tallied nine. Rogoz served up six aces and added eight kills. The most commanding performance for MIT came from the backcourt, as Reynolds collected 26 digs, giving her 88 for the tournament in 13 games. She also handled the bulk of the serve receive duties with 73 receptions and a .945 performance.