Oct. 24, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - This past weekend, the MIT women's volleyball team posted a 2-2 mark at the Hall of Fame Tournament, resulting in a fourth-place finish. The Engineers (25-7) opened the weekend with victories over Bates College (30-22, 30-23, 30-21) and Amherst College (30-25, 21-30, 27-30, 30-25, 15-8). On Saturday, Tech fell to Springfield College (25-30, 30-27, 30-24, 30-26) and host Smith College (30-25, 30-20, 30-18). Arlis Reynolds collected All-Tournament Team plaudits for the third time this season.
Caroline Jordan registered nine total blocks and Reynolds picked up 22 digs as MIT notched an opening-round sweep over Bates. During the second game, Reynolds eclipsed Barb Schultze's '02 mark of 520 digs in a season. Amanda Morris dished out 23 assists as Frances Rogoz and Briana Stephenson each tallied eight kills. Lucy Wang was the most effective offensive weapon for the Engineers, registering three kills on six swings without an error for a team-high 0.500 hitting performance.
At Amherst College, MIT routed the host Jeffs, 15-8, in a tiebreaking fifth game after overcoming a 2-1 deficit. Rogoz led the Engineers with 18 kills as Reynolds anchored the defense by collecting 24 digs. Austin Zimmerman distributed 43 assists and added 18 digs to lead Tech to its second five-game victory in a week. Jordan (16 kills, four total blocks) and Stephenson (13 kills, five total blocks) were forces in the front row. Alexandra Huston-Carico also helped shut down the Amherst offense with six total blocks. Defensive specialists Lindsay Hunting and Carrie Buchanan combined for 29 digs as MIT clinched a semifinal berth.
Unlike its previous meeting earlier in the week, MIT came out on the losing end of a 3-1 result against Springfield. The Pride's defense made several adjustments which resulted in holding Huston-Carico to a -0.235 hitting performance after she scored 10 times and registered a 0.381 mark on Tuesday. The defensive shift allowed Jordan to pace the Engineers' attack, scoring 17 times on 41 attempts for a 0.341 mark. After claiming the first set by a 30-25 margin and holding a slim lead in the second, Springfield's defense thwarted Tech's prolific and diverse offense. Rogoz was the only other player to reach double-figures in kills as she totaled 10. Reynolds kept MIT in the match with 34 digs for her fifth 30-plus dig performance of the season. In addition, she broke the career record for digs (1,804) which was set by Schultze. Reynolds also reset the mark for digs in a four-game match. She established the previous record of 31 on Sept. 23 against Williams College. Morris saw action as a setter, middle blocker, and defensive specialist in an attempt to recapture the edge MIT displayed in its conference victory.
In the third-place match against the host Pioneers, MIT struggled against Smith's tenacious defense, failing to generate any momentum. Jordan paced the balanced attack with seven kills and tallied eight digs. Reynolds posted a team-high 13 digs while Carrie Buchanan added 11. Zimmerman led the way with two solo blocks and three aces.