Oct. 18, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - For the fourth year in a row the MIT women's volleyball team captured the MIT Quad Tournament title. With MIT, Millikin University, and Saint Mary's College (Ind.) each compiling a 2-1 tournament ledger, games won-lost among the tied teams determined the final rankings. The Engineers came out on top with a 5-4 mark, followed by Millikin (5-5), and Saint Mary's (4-5). Western New England College rounded out the field with a fourth-place finish.
MIT (16-12) kicked off the tournament with a 25-11, 25-13, 25-17 win over WNEC and then defeated Saint Mary’s, 25-21, 19-25, 25-17, 25-20. The Engineers closed the day with a tough 25-21, 26-24, 19-25, 12-25, 20-18 loss to Millikin. Alex May was voted the Tournament MVP while Katrina Ellison was picked for All-Tournament Team plaudits.
May paced the Cardinal and Gray with 12 kills, a .357 hitting percentage, eight digs and three blocks versus WNEC. Cecily Joujon-Roche notched four kills on seven-errorless swings and three blocks while Barden Cleeland posted seven kills. Lindsay Hunting registered a team-high nine digs to go along with two aces as Natasha Jensen collected eight digs. Ellison totaled eight digs and two aces while Emily Obert picked up a pair of aces in four serving attempts. Cathy Melnikow finished the match with 24 assists and six digs.
Against Saint Mary’s, May powered MIT with 24 kills, a .327 hitting performance, 16 digs, and four blocks. Kelly Schulte contributed 13 kills and a .435 hitting percentage as Jenny Li added eight kills and three aces. Ellison racked up 12 digs, five kills, and two aces while Joujon-Roche recorded five kills and three blocks. Hunting led the back row with 18 digs as Jensen picked up nine digs. Melnikow totaled 47 assists, 11 digs, and two aces in the four-set match.
The Engineers saw four players reach double-digits in kills against Millikin. May led the charge with 20 kills in addition to 12 digs and three blocks. Ellison posted 11 kills, a .409 hitting percentage, eight digs, and two aces while Li tallied 11 kills, a .400 hitting percentage, five blocks, and three aces. Schulte registered 10 kills, a .364 hitting performance, and three blocks as Cleeland contributed seven blocks and two aces. Melnikow and Hunting each notched 11 digs while Menlinkow added 48 assists and two blocks. Jensen rounded out Tech’s defensive efforts with eight digs.