Oct. 23, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The MIT women's volleyball team did not drop a game as it captured its first Hall of Fame Tournament crown in four years this past weekend. The Engineers blanked Mount Holyoke College (30-18, 30-21, 30-22) and Brandeis University (30-24, 30-20, 30-28) in pool play on Friday. The next day, Tech defeated Amherst College (37-35, 30-22, 30-12) and Tufts University (30-19, 30-22, 30-24). Amanda Morris represented MIT on the All-Tournament Team while Alex May received her first Tournament MVP award.
Briana Stephenson powered the Engineers' (27-4) offense with 11 kills and a .389 hitting percentage as she registered four blocks. Katie Rowe also notched four blocks to go along with nine kills. May contributed eight kills to Tech's cause while Katrina Ellison posted three blocks in two games. Carrie Buchanan totaled a team-high eight digs as Rose Zhong chipped in seven of her own. Buchanan, Cathy Melnikow, and Amanda Morris each collected three aces. Morris also distributed 34 assists against the host Lyons.
Rowe recorded an efficient hitting performance against Brandeis as she totaled 11 kills on 16 attempts with one error (.625). May paced MIT with 14 kills as Frances Rogoz added eight. Alexandra Huston-Carico tallied four blocks while Rowe and May each had three. The Engineers amassed eight aces with Lindsay Hunting and Zhong both serving three and Morris recording two. Morris led Tech's defense with 13 digs while she dished out 37 assists.
In Saturday's semifinal with Amherst, May had a solid outing as she finished with 17 kills, 10 digs, and three blocks. Rowe anchored the Engineers' blocking corps with seven stops and added 13 kills. Rogoz also reached double-digits in kills as she totaled 12. Morris notched her second double-double of the tournament with 44 assists and 12 digs. Zhong led the back row with 14 digs while Hunting and Buchanan each contributed 11. Hunting also picked up two aces in the win.
May and Stephenson were forces to be reckoned with in the championship match versus Tufts. The duo each recorded five blocks with May tallying 16 kills (.375 hitting percentage) and Stephenson posting 10 kills (.438). Rogoz contributed 12 kills for the second consecutive match as Rowe totaled four blocks and a team-high three aces. Buchanan led MIT with 11 digs, followed by 10 from Hunting. Morris registered 39 assists for the Engineers.