Sept. 28, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Following a 2-2 outing, the Engineers finished in fourth place at the MIT Invitational this past weekend. MIT swept Bridgewater State College (25-12, 25-18, 25-7) and Bates College (25-22, 25-21, 25-11) in pool play on Friday. The Engineers (10-8) dropped a five set-thriller to Connecticut College (20-25, 25-20, 21-25, 25-22, 22-20) before falling to Springfield College (25-23, 25-22, 25-21) in the third-place match. Alex May represented the Cardinal and Gray on the All-Tournament Team.
In the opener against Bridgewater State, Barden Cleeland posted 10 kills on 16-errorless attempts for a .625 hitting percentage. Jenny Li connected on six of her eight hitting attempts as Kelly Schulte compiled five kills in two sets. May picked up five kills and six digs while Cecily Joujon-Roche notched four kills and two blocks. Lindsay Hunting led the defense with 10 digs as Katrina Ellison totaled seven digs. Cathy Melnikow finished with 27 assists and two aces.
May posted 10 kills, a .529 hitting percentage, and six digs versus Bates. Ellison added eight kills and a .412 hitting performance while Cleeland contributed a team-high four blocks. In two sets Joujon-Roche tallied six kills on eight attempts and two blocks. Schulte racked up five aces as Melnikow totaled 28 assists, five aces, and three blocks. Hunting registered eight digs while Natasha Jensen chipped in five digs.
In Saturday's semifinal match with Connecticut College, May tallied 19 kills, 16 digs, and four blocks while Ellison posted 10 kills, a .588 hitting percentage, seven digs, and five blocks. Cleeland totaled eight kills and six blocks as Schulte recorded nine kills and five aces. Melnikow finished with 46 assists and a team-high seven aces.
May wrapped up the weekend with 15 digs, 10 kills and two blocks against Springfield. Cleeland had nine kills and four blocks while Ellison notched eight digs and seven kills. Li rounded out the attack with six kills as Hunting registered 13 digs and two aces. Melnikow capped off the match with 34 assists, eight digs, and two aces.