Oct. 27, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The MIT women's volleyball team posted a 2-2 ledger en route to a third-place finish at the Trinity University National Invitational this past weekend. The Engineers defeated Hardin-Simmons University (21-25, 25-22, 19-25, 25-22, 15-7) and Texas Lutheran University (18-25, 25-17, 26-24, 25-22) on Friday before falling to nationally-ranked No. 11 Trinity (27-25, 26-24, 25-18) and No. 9 Ohio Northern University (25-15, 25-17, 25-16). Alex May represented the Cardinal and Gray (19-14) on the All-Tournament Team.
Barden Cleeland paced MIT's attack against Hardin-Simmons, tallying 15 kills and a .458 hitting percentage to go along with two blocks. May recorded 14 kills and 15 digs as Jenny Li posted 10 kills, a .381 hitting performance, three blocks, and three aces. Katrina Ellison notched 11 kills, 10 digs, and three blocks while Cecily Joujon-Roche registered a team-high four blocks. Lindsay Hunting collected 17 digs and three aces as Natasha Jensen bolstered the defense with nine digs. Cathy Melnikow finished with 51 assists, 10 digs, three aces, and one block.
The Engineers saw three players reach double-digits in kills versus Texas Lutheran. May led the charge with a total of 15, followed by 14 from Cleeland, who also added six digs, five blocks, and a .500 hitting percentage. Li tacked on 13 kills while Ellison contributed 15 digs, six kills, a .333 hitting performance, five assists, and two blocks. Joujon-Roche dominated the net with seven blocks as Kelly Schulte bolstered MIT's block with four stops. Hunting paced the back row with 18 digs while Melnikow compiled 44 assists, six digs, and three blocks.
In its loss to the host Tigers, May picked up 17 digs, 13 kills, and two blocks for MIT. Cleeland recorded eight kills, a .471 hitting percentage, and four blocks as Li totaled seven kills and two blocks. Ellison had a solid outing, tallying eight kills, five digs, three assists, and two blocks. On the defensive end, Hunting posted 17 digs while Joujon-Roche added four blocks. Melnikow rounded out the squad with 26 assists, 11 digs, and a team-best three aces.
May powered the Engineers with 11 kills, eight digs, two aces, and two blocks in the finale with Ohio Northern. Cleeland and Li both recorded six kills with Cleeland tacking on two blocks. Ellison racked up 11 digs, four assists, and two aces while Hunting collected 12 digs. Melnikow totaled 22 assists and eight digs as Evelyn Cordner dished out three assists.
The MIT women's volleyball team in front of the Alamo