No. 22 MIT Defeats Coast Guard and Manhattanville

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THE BASICS:

- Scores:

No. 22 MIT 3, U.S. Coast Guard Academy 1 (26-24, 15-25, 25-15, 25-16)

No. 22 MIT 3, Manhattanville College 0 (25-13, 25-17, 25-15)

- Records: MIT (12-2, 2-1 NEWMAC); Coast Guard (13-2, 3-1 NEWMAC); Manhattanville (7-4)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)

- The Lead: The nationally-ranked No. 22 MIT women's volleyball team improved to 2-1 in the NEWMAC following a 26-24, 15-25, 25-15, 25-16 victory over conference foe U.S. Coast Guard Academy and saw its overall record raise to 12-2 on the year after defeating Manhattanville College (25-13, 25-17, 25-15) on Saturday afternoon.

HOW IT HAPPENED – MATCH ONE vs. Coast Guard:

- Set 1: Trailing 20-15, a kill by senior Christina Liao (Warren, N.J.) set off a 7-1 burst, capped by an ace from classmate Carly Silvernale (Bellevue, Wash.). Coast Guard's Maddie James and Lauren Hatfield were factors in winning the next three points as they both posted a kill and collaborated on a block to go up 24-22. MIT responded by recording the final four points of the set as Liao's ace secured the come-from-behind win.

- Set 2: Following eight ties and five lead changes that made the score 12-12, an ace by Hatfield ignited a 13-3 set-ending run for the Bears.

- Set 3: The Engineers raced out to a 10-3 advantage and maintained a comfortable cushion en route to the 25-15 win.

- Set 4: After a back-and-forth start to the set, MIT established a 17-10 lead after back-to-back aces by junior Madison Lee (Hillsborough, Calif.). Coast Guard picked up the next five points, trimming its deficit to 17-15 on a block by Destiny Johnson and Alex Kempf. This was as close as it would get as the Engineers ended the match with an 8-1 run.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Senior Abby Bertics (La Jolla, Calif.) led all players with 17 kills while hitting .308 and posting eight digs.

- Junior Alexis Groark (Elwood, N.Y.) produced 14 kills and a .423 hitting performance while classmate Shea Landeene (Phoenix, Ariz.) registered 11 kills and a .529 hitting effort.

- Silvernale amassed 22 digs and two aces as Lee finished with nine digs and three aces.

- Senior Carly Staub (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) generated five blocks followed by freshman Hannah Grupe (Oakwood, Ohio) with four.

HOW IT HAPPENED – MATCH TWO vs. Manhattanville:

- Set 1: A 9-2 run midway through the set gave MIT a 21-9 advantage before claiming the 25-13 win on a block by Staub.

- Set 2: The early stages were closely played as there were five ties and two lead changes. Knotted at 14, a hitting error resulted in the first of five unanswered points by the Engineers, fueling an 11-3 burst that ended the set.

- Set 3: A kill by freshman Nikasha Patel (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) sparked a five-point spurt which gave MIT a 15-9 lead. Manhattanville stayed within striking distance, narrowing the gap to 18-14 on a kill by Austen Brauer. The Engineers replied with a 7-1 run to wrap up the match, as kills by Landeene bookended the rally.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- This was the first meeting between MIT and Manhattanville in program history.

- Landeene had a match-high 10 kills and hit .692 in two sets while Patel notched seven kills.

- Silvernale totaled 10 digs and four aces as Lee recorded 10 digs and three aces.

- Liao dished out 29 assists while Grupe generated two blocks.

UP NEXT:

- MIT and Coast Guard return to action on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 7:00 p.m. in NEWMAC contests. The Engineers will visit Wheaton College while Coast Guard will host Springfield College. Manhattanville will be back on the court the following day as it will head to DeSales University for a 7:00 p.m. MAC Freedom match.

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