Oct. 2, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The MIT women's volleyball team placed second at the Tufts University Invitational this past weekend after notching a 3-1 record. The Engineers (19-2) swept Emmanuel College (30-19, 30-27, 30-22), SUNY Cortland (32-30, 30-26, 30-21), and Salisbury University (30-17, 30-16, 30-26) before falling to the host Jumbos, 30-24, 20-30, 15-30, 30-28, 15-10. Amanda Morris represented Tech on the All-Tournament Team for the third time this year.
In Friday's opener against Emmanuel, Frances Rogoz became the seventh member of the MIT 1000 Kill Club after tallying five kills. Barden Cleeland totaled 11 kills and three blocks as Rose Zhong finished with seven kills. Carrie Buchanan recorded 21 digs while Lindsay Hunting posted 13 of her own. In five of her serving attempts, Alex May registered two aces. Morris and Cathy Melnikow shared setting duties, with Morris distributing 22 assists and Melnikow totaling 12.
Buchanan was the next player to reach a career milestone as her 15 digs against Cortland pushed her past the 1000-mark. May posted a team-high 12 kills while Cleeland notched 11. Morris earned four of MIT's nine aces as she finished with 33 assists and three total blocks. Hunting and Zhong bolstered Tech's defense with nine digs apiece while Alexandra Huston-Carico collected two solo blocks.
On Saturday, Rogoz paced MIT with nine kills versus Salisbury. Katie Rowe and Briana Stephenson each contributed six kills in the win. Morris finished with 27 assists, 11 digs, five aces, and four kills while Buchanan posted 30 digs, which set a new Institute mark for digs in a three-game match. May had 12 digs and three total blocks as Zhong and Rowe both recorded two aces.
In the finale with Tufts, May totaled 20 kills, 14 digs, three assisted blocks, and two aces. Stephenson registered 13 kills and six total blocks while Rogoz notched 10 kills and five assisted blocks. Cleeland amassed five total blocks as Huston-Carico contributed five assisted blocks. Hunting collected a career-high 24 digs while Zhong posted 19 digs of her own.