Engineers Crowned MIT Quad Tournament Champions

Junior Nicole Gagnier and freshman Megan Gebhard
Junior Nicole Gagnier and freshman Megan Gebhard

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the second year in a row and seventh time in tournament history the MIT women's volleyball team won the MIT Quad Tournament on Saturday. The Engineers (18-7) took top honors with a 3-0 ledger, followed by UMass Boston, Western New England University, and Rivier University. Junior Nicole Gagnier (Atlanta, Ga.) was named the Tournament MVP while freshman Megan Gebhard (Howell, Mich.) represented the Cardinal and Gray on the All-Tournament Team.

MIT opened the tournament by defeating Western New England, 25-12, 25-14, 27-25, on Friday night. Gebhard paced the squad with nine kills on 18-errorless attempts and added two aces and two blocks. Junior Jenny Astrachan (Austin, Texas) posted eight kills and a .615 hitting performance as senior Kristine Bunker (Falmouth, Mass.) registered seven kills, a .583 hitting percentage, and two blocks. Senior Tatiana Berger (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) rounded out the attack with six kills while Gagnier totaled 32 assists and five digs. Freshmen Tori Wuthrich (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.) and Jennie Glerum (Redmond, Wash.) both earned four aces while collecting nine and four digs, respectively. Senior Sharon Hao (San Jose, Calif.) bolstered the defense with six digs.

On Saturday morning, the Engineers blanked Rivier, 25-18, 25-21, 25-19. Gebhard powered the front row with 14 kills, a .481 hitting effort, two blocks, and two aces as Berger recorded 12 kills and two aces. Senior Rachel Hunt (Arlington Heights, Ill.) generated nine kills and a .444 hitting percentage while Bunker tacked on six kills and two blocks. Gagnier produced 41 assists and seven digs as Wuthrich collected a match-high 13 digs. Hao contributed five digs while senior Emma Gargus (Columbus, Ohio) and Glerum both added a pair of aces.

In what proved to be the title match, MIT defeated UMass Boston, 25-19, 12-25, 25-22, 26-24. Gebhard led the way with 17 kills to go along with seven digs and three blocks. Berger tallied 12 kills, eight digs, and two aces as Bunker notched five kills and two blocks. Gagnier finished with 33 assists, seven digs, and four kills while Gargus posted seven digs and five aces. Wuthrich registered nine digs and two aces as Glerum chipped in five digs and two aces.

Next up for the Engineers will be a road trip to NEWMAC foe Babson College on Tuesday, Oct. 22.