No. 14 Women’s Volleyball Falls to Johnson & Wales in Three Sets

On court huddle
Courtesy of Maude Gull

THE BASICS:

- Score: Johnson & Wales University 3, No. 14 MIT 0 (25-16, 25-22, 25-17)

- Records: No. 14 MIT (15-1); Johnson & Wales (15-0)

- Location: Providence, R.I. (Wildcat Center)

- The Lead: In a battled of undefeated teams, Johnson & Wales University emerged with a 25-16, 25-22, 25-17 victory over nationally-ranked No. 14 MIT in non-conference women's volleyball action on Friday night. The Wildcats' victory was their first in nine meetings with the Engineers since the series began in 2002.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Johnson & Wales generated an early 5-1 lead but MIT narrowed the gap to 8-6 after a kill by senior Alli Davanzo (Saint Johns, Fla.). The Wildcats countered by building a 20-13 advantage. Following a brief exchange of points, Johnson & Wales closed out the opening set with a 4-1 spurt.

- The second stanza was a back-and-forth affair as there were 10 ties and five lead changes. Trailing 17-14, the Engineers picked up the next four points as a kill by junior Abby Bertics (La Jolla, Calif.) gave them an 18-17 edge. The Wildcats capitalized on a kill and two hitting errors to reclaim the lead but a pair of errors evened the score at 20. Both sides traded points until two kills and a setting error gave Johnson & Wales a 25-22 win.

- In the third set, a hitting error brought MIT within one (9-8) but the hosts went on a 9-3 run to create some breathing room. A pair of kills from junior Carly Staub (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) and two aces by freshman Andie Maloney (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) trimmed the Engineers' deficit to 18-16. This was as close as it would get as the Wildcats recorded seven of the last eight points to capture the victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Senior Lisette Tellez (Miami, Fla.) paced MIT with 10 kills and added 10 digs as Bertics and Davanzo finished with eight and seven kills, respectively. Staub bolstered the front row with six kills and two blocks while Maloney tallied 33 assists, 10 digs, and two aces. Junior Carly Silvernale (Bellevue, Wash.) rounded out the squad with 12 digs.

UP NEXT:

- MIT has a quick turnaround as it hosts a doubleheader on Saturday, Sept. 30. The Engineers open the day against NEWMAC foe Mount Holyoke College at 12:00 p.m. before squaring off with Keene State College in non-conference action at 2:30 p.m.

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