Oct. 19, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The MIT women's volleyball team became the only undefeated squad in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) after posting a 30-26, 30-26, 23-30, 30-24, victory over Springfield College on Tuesday. With the win, the Engineers improve to 23-5 overall and 7-0 in the conference while the Pride falls to 21-5 on the year and 6-1 in the NEWMAC.
Tech took control of the match early as setter Austin Zimmerman was successful in connecting with Briana Stephenson, Caroline Jordan, and Alexandra Huston-Carico. Stephenson led the way with a season-high 15 kills while Jordan and Huston-Carico finished with 14 and 10, respectively. Zimmermantotaled 48 assists and also collected 18 digs.
After dropping the first two games, Springfield's defense became very stingy and built up a 24-14 lead. MIT was able to put a rally together before falling, 30-23. The Engineers carried the momentum into the final game as they constantly pressured the Pride and prevented its offense from finding a rhythm. The Engineerstook a 20-11 advantage before Springfield rallied. Techheld on despitethe late push and Rose Zhong clinched the match by winninga joust at the net.
Arlis Reynolds, Carrie Buchanan and Lindsay Hunting not only anchored Tech's defense but they alsogenerated strong serving runs in the fourth game, combining for six of the team's nine aces. Reynolds paced the backline with 24 digs, with Hunting and Buchanan contributing 14 and 12, respectively. Jordan notched her seventh double-double of the year as she collected 10 digs. In addition, she recorded a team-high one solo and six assisted blocks.