No. 22 MIT Comes Back to Top Babson in Four Sets

Christina Liao
Courtesy of DSPics.com

THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 22 MIT 3, Babson College 1 (20-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-21)

- Records: No. 22 MIT (15-2, 5-1 NEWMAC); Babson (11-5, 5-1 NEWMAC)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)

- The Lead: After Babson College came from behind to win the opening set, the nationally-ranked No. 22 MIT women's volleyball team captured the next three to record a 20-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-21 NEWMAC victory on Tuesday night. Senior Abby Bertics (La Jolla, Calif.) powered the Engineers with a match-high 21 kills to go along with 17 digs.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Set 1: After a back-and-forth start to the set, MIT gradually built an 18-13 lead. Babson capitalized on a hitting error by the Engineers, kicking off a 12-2 run as an ace by Abby Beecher clinched the come-from-behind win.

- Set 2: The Engineers jumped out to a 7-1 lead and maintained a small cushion throughout the set. Kills by Kristin Carosotto and Elizabeth Cameron brought the Beavers within 18-14. However, MIT outscored Babson, 7-3, down the stretch to secure the win.

- Set 3: A kill by Allie Puccio put the Beavers in front, 11-10, but a kill from Bertics sparked a string of six unanswered points which gave the Engineers the lead for good. Babson stayed within striking distance, narrowing the gap to 19-16 on an MIT hitting error. This was as close as it would get as the Engineers registered six of the last nine points for the victory.

- Set 4: MIT raced out to a 10-2 advantage, but the Beavers chipped away at the deficit as an ace by Maddie Malee brought them within 22-20. A kill by Bertics coupled with a Babson hitting error gave the Engineers match point. A kill by Shannon Roseen kept the visitors alive, however junior Shea Landeene (Phoenix, Ariz.) replied with one of her own to end the match.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Landeene finished with 10 kills, a .476 hitting percentage, three blocks and two aces as junior Alexis Groark (Elwood, N.Y.) bolstered the hosts' attack with 11 kills.

- Senior Christina Liao (Warren, N.J.) tallied 43 assists, eight digs, and two aces while classmate Carly Silvernale (Bellevue, Wash.) collected a match-high 26 digs and two aces.

- Senior Carly Staub (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) and freshman Hannah Grupe (Oakwood, Ohio) both posted three blocks as freshman Margaret Wang (Rockville, Md.) contributed 11 digs.

- Puccio paced Babson with 11 kills, followed by eight from Roseen and seven from Gaby Miller.

- Beecher and Malee both generated 15 digs, followed by 14 from Samantha Hardan and 13 by Cassidy Witten.

- Cameron totaled 31 assists and four blocks as Carosotto notched five blocks.

UP NEXT:

- Both squads take on non-conference opponents on the road on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 7:00 p.m. MIT will visit local foe Emmanuel College while Babson will make the trip up to Colby-Sawyer College.

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