Engineers Finish Third at MIT Quad Tournament

Senior Kelly Schulte and sophomore Kristine Bunker
Senior Kelly Schulte and sophomore Kristine Bunker

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In the seventh annual MIT Quad Tournament held this past weekend, the women's volleyball team placed third. The Engineers defeated Western New England University (25-18, 29-27, 26-28, 27-25) but fell to Williams College (25-21, 25-16, 26-24) and nationally-ranked No. 17 UMass Boston (23-25, 25-17, 25-27, 25-10, 15-10). Senior Kelly Schulte (Riverside, Calif.) represented the Cardinal and Gray on the All-Tournament Team.

In the tournament opener against Williams, freshman Nicole Gagnier (Atlanta, Ga.) tallied 17 assists, six digs, three blocks, and two aces. Sophomore Tatiana Berger (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) registered nine digs, seven kills, and two aces as junior Trinity Leonard (Mill Valley, Calif.) posted eight kills and a .375 hitting percentage. Schulte totaled seven kills and two blocks while senior Natasha Jensen (Columbia, Md.) collected 13 digs. Junior Katie Spielbauer (Lakeview, Mich.) contributed eight digs and three aces as sophomore Sharon Hao (San Jose, Calif.) added five digs.

Leonard powered MIT with 20 kills, 15 digs, and three blocks in the victory over Western New England. Schulte racked up 14 kills, a .379 hitting percentage, and four blocks as senior Cecily Joujon-Roche (Laguna Hills, Calif.) recorded 11 kills, seven aces, and three blocks. Berger bolstered the attack with 12 kills while freshman Morgan Stewart (Powell, Ohio) chipped in four blocks. Spielbauer amassed 21 digs and four aces as Jensen collected 10 digs. Gagnier rounded out the squad with 43 assists, seven digs, and three blocks.

In the back-and-forth battle with UMass Boston, Schulte paced the Engineers with 18 kills, a .429 hitting performance, and five blocks. Joujon-Roche posted 10 kills, a .318 hitting percentage, and three blocks while Leonard notched nine kills, seven digs, and two aces. Berger and sophomore Rachel Hunt (Arlington Heights, Ill.) both had five kills as Stewart added two blocks. Spielbauer compiled 18 digs and two aces while Jensen contributed seven digs and two aces. Gagnier finished the weekend with 44 assists and seven digs.