Nov. 9, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - For the second year in a row, the MIT women's volleyball team defeated Bridgewater State College to advance to the semifinal of the NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball New England Regional. This year, the No. 2 Engineers swept the No. 7 Bears, 30-26, 32-30, 30-21, on Thursday night. MIT will host No. 3 Amherst College at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10 while Bridgewater State ends its season with a record of 19-17.
Despite trailing 3-1 to open the match, the Bears tallied four consecutive points for their first lead of the game. The frame remained closely played as neither team was able to go ahead by more than one point. With the contest tied at nine, the Engineers (32-5) tallied five of the next six points for a 14-10 advantage. MIT maintained the small cushion until Bridgewater State cut a six-point deficit down to two (19-17). Following a Tech timeout, the Engineers scored six consecutive points. Each side posted a trio of points that resulted in a score of 28-20. The Bears continued to attack as they outscored MIT, 6-1, but it would not be enough as the Engineers took the next point after coming out of their own timeout.
In the second stanza, MIT raced out to a 14-5 lead that later resulted in a 26-16 advantage. Bridgewater State generated another late rally, this time winning nine out of the next 10 points. After trading points, MIT held a 29-26 edge. The Bears went on to tie the game, which forced a timeout by the Engineers. Tech took the next point, but Bridgewater State evened the frame on a service error. MIT captured the last two points, with senior co-captain Frances Rogoz recording the final kill.
The Bears' 5-3 advantage in the third game would be their last of the night as Tech went on to outscore the visitors, 14-3. MIT maintained a double-digit cushion for most of the frame as it cruised to the victory.
Rogoz powered the Engineers' offense with 16 kills while Alex May added 12 kills and 11 digs. Amanda Morris finished with 37 assists and 12 digs while Carrie Buchanan paced MIT with 16 digs. Alexandra Huston-Carico led the blocking corps with three stops.
Kelsey Collasius led all attackers with 17 kills as Shannon Desmond notched a match-high 28 digs. Kassie Moore and Elsa Apostoli each registered 12 digs while Desmond distributed 33 assists. Erica Kelley rounded Bridgewater State's defense with 10 digs while tallying three aces.