No. 21 MIT 3, Utica College 0 (25-11, 25-14, 25-23)
No. 21 MIT 3, Hunter College 0 (25-17, 25-14, 25-16)
- Records: MIT (20-2); Utica (3-16); Hunter (18-6)
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)
- The Lead: For the 10th time in tournament history, the MIT women's volleyball team captured the MIT Quad Tournament title after sweeping Utica College (25-11, 25-14, 25-23) and Hunter College (25-17, 25-14, 25-16) on Saturday afternoon. Senior Christina Liao (Warren, N.J.) was named the Tournament MVP while junior Alexis Groark (Elwood, N.J.) represented the Engineers on the All-Tournament Team. In addition, MIT recorded its 26th straight 20-win season as head coach Paul Dill's squads have reached this mark every year during his 23-year tenure.
HOW IT HAPPENED – MATCH ONE vs. Utica:
- Set 1: Utica built a 5-2 lead after an ace by Casey Sims. Back-to-back kills by senior Abby Bertics (La Jolla, Calif.) fueled a 23-6 run that helped MIT win the set.
- Set 2: Trailing 4-3, a kill and an ace by Groark kicked off a five-point burst that put the Engineers ahead for good. MIT maintained the small cushion en route to a 25-14 win.
- Set 3: The Pioneers inched out to a 6-2 lead but the Engineers battled back, tying the score at 13 on a kill by freshman Annie Bryan (Kirkwood, Mo.). An exchange of points followed until Utica capitalized on a Megan Rice kill, a block by Nicole Herringshaw and Lindsey Hannel, and an MIT hitting error. The Engineers responded with a kill from freshman Hannah Collins (Sunnyvale, Calif.) which sparked a 6-1 spurt. A hitting error coupled with a kill by Meaghan Romaguera evened the score at 22, however, kills by Groark and Bryan gave the hosts match point. A hitting error kept the Pioneers alive but another Groark strike secured the win.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Groark generated 12 kills, a .400 hitting performance, seven digs, and two blocks while Bertics totaled eight kills and a .636 hitting effort in the first set.
- Junior Shea Landeene (Phoenix, Ariz.) bolstered MIT's attack with seven kills as Liao distributed 38 assists.
- Herringshaw produced seven kills and five blocks as Romaguera notched five kills and six digs.
- Hannah Voss paced Utica with 13 digs while Marissa Faroni dished out 11 assists.
HOW IT HAPPENED – MATCH TWO vs. Hunter:
- Set 1: Hunter built a 7-2 advantage following an ace by Kylie Hurst. MIT gradually put together a 12-4 run that put it ahead for good. A brief exchange of points followed until the Engineers generated a 10-4 run to close the set.
- Set 2: MIT jumped out to a 6-1 lead, but the Hawks battled back, taking an 11-10 edge after a ball-handling error. The hosts capitalized on a serving error, which kicked off a string of five unanswered points that fueled a 15-4 set-ending run.
- Set 3: The early stages were closely played as a hitting error brought Hunter within two (9-7). The Engineers gradually pulled away before recording a comfortable 25-16 win.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Bertics amassed 18 kills, a .378 hitting performance, eight digs, and two blocks while Groark recorded 10 kills and a .346 hitting percentage.
- Landeene tallied six kills, six blocks, and two aces as Silvernale registered 13 digs. Senior Carly Staub (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) bolstered the defense with four blocks.
- Liao posted 33 assists while MIT hit .398 for the match.
- Hurst totaled nine kills, five digs, and two aces as Taylor Haiduk notched five kills and seven digs.
- Justine Smith and Miranda Hogan shared setting duties for the Hawks, distributing 14 and nine assists, respectively.
- Hunter's Haley Trunkett led all players with 14 digs.
- MIT returns to action on Tuesday, Oct. 16 when it hosts NEWMAC foe Wellesley College at 7:00 p.m.