Sept. 27, 2004
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. - MIT fell to nationally-ranked No. 1 New York University, 31-29, 30-19, 30-22, in the championship match of the MIT Women's Volleyball Invitational on Saturday. This was the first time since 1994 the Engineers (11-4) had advanced to the tournament final. Tech opened the weekend by sweeping Johnson & Wales University (30-25, 30-25, 30-15) and Skidmore College (30-28, 30-22, 30-12). In the semifinals, MIT defeated No. 18 Williams College (regionally-ranked No. 1), 31-29, 30-27, 25-30, 30-22. Arlis Reynolds and Austin Zimmerman were named to the All-Tournament Team.
Caroline Jordan, Joy Hart, and Frances Rogoz each tallied eight kills against Johnson & Wales. Hart had a team-high 12 digs and four aces while Jordan added 11 digs and one solo block. Briana Stephenson posted a season-high seven kills while Ellen Sojka totaled six. Austin Zimmerman dished out 32 assists, making her the newest member of MIT's 3000 Assist Club. She also finished with eight digs and one solo block.
Tech overpowered the Thoroughbreds from Skidmore College to take its second win of the tournament. Arlis Reynolds notched the first of her two double-doubles during the weekend, finishing with 12 kills, 13 digs, and a team-high six aces. Joy Hart paced MIT with 18 kills and added two aces, nine digs, and one assisted block. Frances Rogoz tallied 14 kills, one shy of tying her career mark, and contributed two assisted blocks. Both Caroline Jordan and Austin Zimmerman registered 13 digs, with Jordan totaling nine kills and Zimmerman dishing out 47 assists.
It was déjà vu for the Engineers on Saturday, as they faced Williams College and NYU for the second time since the Ithaca College Invitational held two weeks ago. Unlike its heart-breaking five-game loss to the Ephs, Tech upset Williams in four games. Arlis Reynolds and Joy Hart earned double-doubles in the rematch. Reynolds led the way with 19 kills, 21 digs, and four aces while Hart totaled 17 kills, 19 digs, and three aces. Caroline Jordan paced MIT's defense with six assisted blocks and added 17 digs. Alexandra Huston-Carico registered a team-best two solo blocks while Alice Chou tallied a season-high 10 digs. Austin Zimmerman contributed 47 assists, 12 digs, one solo block, and five assisted blocks in the win.
Ellen Sojka and Joy Hart each totaled seven kills in the loss to NYU. Hart also collected eight digs while Caroline Jordan tallied seven. Arlis Reynolds had a team-high 12 digs and Austin Zimmerman notched 22 assists.