Women's Volleyball Wins MIT Invitational

Seniors Katie Spielbauer and Alyssa Rothman
Seniors Katie Spielbauer and Alyssa Rothman

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the first time since 2007, MIT sat atop the final standings at the MIT Women's Volleyball Invitational which concluded on Saturday afternoon. The Engineers swept Bates College (25-16, 25-20, 25-17) and Roger Williams University (25-20, 25-23, 25-16) on Friday and then closed out the weekend with wins over Brandeis University (22-25, 25-17, 25-11, 26-24) and Tufts University (25-14, 25-20, 25-13) on Saturday. The undefeated performance was also matched by Springfield College and Wellesley College therefore sets won-lost broke the tie as MIT had a ledger of 12-1, followed by the Pride's 12-2 outing and the Blue's record of 12-3. Senior Alyssa Rothman (Plainview, N.Y.) was named the tournament MVP while fellow classmate Katie Spielbauer (Lakeview, Mich.) earned all-tournament honors.

In the opener with Bates, junior Tatiana Berger (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) paced the Cardinal and Gray's balanced attack with eight kills and two blocks while sophomore Morgan Stewart (Powell, Ohio) added six kills. Sophomore Jenny Astrachan (Austin, Texas) registered five kills and five digs as junior Sharon Hao (San Jose, Calif.) and freshman Ada Taylor (Durham, N.C.) both posted four kills. Junior Kristine Bunker (Falmouth, Mass.) bolstered the blocking corps with two stops while Spielbauer collected 19 digs followed by seven from freshman Lindsey Wang (Cupertino, Calif.). Rothman dished out 25 assists in the first two sets as sophomore Nicole Gagnier (Atlanta, Ga.) closed out the match with 11 assists.

Senior Trinity Leonard (Mill Valley, Calif.) registered a double-double courtesy of 13 kills and 12 digs versus Roger Williams. Taylor notched nine kills and three blocks while Bunker had seven kills. Wang paced the squad with 15 digs as Spielbauer totaled 12 digs and two aces. Hao chipped in 10 digs while Astrachan contributed two blocks. Rothman finished the night with 32 assists, 10 digs, and two aces.

On Saturday, Leonard picked up right where she left off as she compiled 17 digs, 14 kills, and two aces against Brandeis. Bunker produced 13 kills and two blocks while junior Rachel Hunt (Arlington Heights, Ill.) and Taylor both recorded nine kills and two blocks. Spielbauer generated 15 digs and six aces as Wang recorded 12 digs and two aces. Rothman amassed 45 assists, eight digs, and five aces while Hao rounded out the squad with 10 digs.

In the finale with Tufts, Leonard logged her third straight double-double on 11 digs and 10 kills. Hunt followed with nine kills as Berger, Bunker, and Taylor each earned seven kills. Taylor and Berger had three and two blocks, respectively, while Bunker picked up four aces. Spielbauer amassed 17 digs and four aces as Wang recorded eight digs and two aces. Rothman tallied 33 assists, eight digs, and two aces while Hao tacked on six digs.

MIT (14-2) returns to NEWMAC play on Tuesday, Sept. 25 with a home match against the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.