Sept. 26, 2007
Springfield College Sports Information
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - MIT improved to 4-0 in the NEWMAC and 15-1 overall following its 30-28, 30-25, 30-22 victory over Springfield College on Tuesday night. The Engineers, winners of 11 straight matches, join Wellesley College and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy as the only undefeated teams in the conference.
Behind the serving of Jessica Baldwin, Springfield (10-5, 2-2 NEWMAC) raced out to a 7-0 lead in the opening game. The Pride's advantage grew to nine (18-9) following a kill by Lindsay Marone. MIT responded by slowly chipping away at the deficit and eventually tying the game at 25. The Engineers capped off their run with a strike by Katrina Ellison to take the victory.
The second stanza was a back-and-forth affair from the first serve. With the score tied at eight, solid defense by MIT helped it establish a 21-16 edge. Consecutive kills from Katie Rowe and Jenny Li sealed the game for the Engineers.
MIT jumped out to a quick lead in the final frame, with its margin extending to as many as 10 points. The Pride narrowed the gap to five (27-22) following an error by the Engineers. The late rally ended with Springfield falling victim to its own hitting miscues.
Li notched a match-high 13 kills as Rowe posted eight kills and three blocks. Rose Zhong and Carrie Buchanan paced the defense with 13 digs apiece while Lindsay Hunting contributed 11 digs. Amanda Morris finished the night with 29 assists and three aces.