- Score: No. 22 MIT 3, Emerson College 0 (26-24, 25-15, 25-20)
- Records: No. 22 MIT (25-2, 9-0 NEWMAC); Emerson (12-13, 3-6 NEWMAC)
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)
- The Lead: The nationally-ranked No. 22 MIT women's volleyball team battled Emerson College for a 26-24, 25-15, 25-20 victory in NEWMAC action on Tuesday night. With the win, the Engineers secured the top seed in the NEWMAC Tournament for the fourth year in a row and will host the semifinal and championship matches on November 4-5.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- MIT recorded five of the first six points of the match and maintained a small cushion throughout as junior Carly Silvernale's (Bellevue, Wash.) ace gave it a 19-14 lead. A hitting error by the Engineers sparked a 7-1 Emerson run which put it in front, 21-20. A kill by junior Christina Liao (Warren, N.J.) along with an ace by senior Lisette Tellez (Miami, Fla.) returned the edge to the hosts. However, a serving error set off an exchange of points as a block by Kayleen Bertrand and Kelley Guerra gave the Lions set point. MIT replied with a kill from junior Carly Staub (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) and back-to-back strikes by classmate Abby Bertics (La Jolla, Calif.) to secure the win.
- The Engineers carried the momentum into the second stanza as they scored the first six points. Emerson battled back, closing the gap to 11-8 on another Bertrand-Guerra block. MIT countered with a 9-2 run which powered it to a 25-15 victory.
- In the third set, the Lions gradually built a 9-5 lead which grew to 14-9 after back-to-back aces by Guerra. A kill from sophomore Alexis Groark (Huntington, N.Y.) ignited a 12-2 set-changing run and prompted Emerson to use its final timeout. Once action resumed, the Lions capitalized on a serving error and a kill by Bertrand to come within 21-18. This was as close as it would get as the Engineers registered four of the last six points of the match.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Bertics led all players with 16 kills while hitting .364 percent as senior Alli Davanzo (Saint Johns, Fla.) produced seven kills, a .375 hitting performance, and three aces. Staub and Groark rounded out the attack with seven kills apiece while Silvernale totaled 10 digs and three aces. Tellez collected eight digs and two aces as sophomore Madison Lee (Hillsborough, Calif.) posted six kills and two aces. Liao dished out 28 assists after freshman Andie Maloney (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) earned nine assists in the opening frame.
- Bertrand finished with seven kills and seven digs while Grace Tepper recorded seven kills and six digs. Fara Cohen totaled a match-high 14 digs as Guerra notched six blocks and two aces. Moira Brennan rounded out the Lions with 20 assists and six digs.
- MIT wraps up the regular season with a trip to NEWMAC rival WPI on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 1:00 p.m. Emerson, meanwhile, will host Lasell College on Thursday, Oct. 26 at 7:00 p.m.