No. 25 Engineers Defeat Emerson in Four Sets

Margaret Wang
Courtesy of DSPics.com

THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 25 MIT 3, Emerson College 1 (23-25, 25-14, 25-18, 25-16)

- Records: No. 25 MIT (23-4, 8-1 NEWMAC); Emerson (15-13, 2-7 NEWMAC)

- Location: Boston, Mass. (Brown and Plofker Gym)

- The Lead: After falling in the first set, nationally-ranked No. 25 MIT went on to win the next three, recording a 23-25, 25-14, 25-18, 25-16 victory over Emerson College in NEWMAC women's volleyball action on Tuesday night. Senior Abby Bertics (La Jolla, Calif.) amassed 29 kills, a .414 hitting effort, seven digs, and three blocks for the Engineers.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Set 1: MIT quickly built a 6-1 lead, but Emerson mounted an 11-3 run to go in front. An exchange of points ensued until a Bertics kill kicked off a 5-1 spurt that gave the Engineers a 16-14 edge. The Lions responded with a 10-4 run to go ahead for good. Kills by Bertics and freshman Annie Bryan (Kirkwood, Mo.) in addition to their block kept MIT alive, however, the comeback bid would be thwarted due to a hitting error.

- Set 2: After a back-and-forth start that saw Emerson take an 11-9 edge, a kill from Bertics ignited a 16-3 set-ending run.

- Set 3: The Engineers inched out to a 10-5 lead after a kill by freshman Nikasha Patel (Paradise Valley, Ariz.). The Lions picked up three of the next four points, but MIT countered with a 10-1 run to go up 21-10. Emerson chipped away at the deficit, outscoring the Engineers 8-3, as a kill and an ace fought off set point. However, the late rally was stopped due to a hitting error.

- Set 4: MIT recorded the first seven points en route to a 13-1 advantage. The Engineers maintained a comfortable cushion until four unanswered points brought the Lions within 22-16. After its own timeout, MIT capitalized on kills by Abby and sophomore Emily Condon (Orange, Calif.) along with a setting error to wrap up the match.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Bryan finished with eight kills, a .385 hitting performance, and five blocks while senior Carly Staub (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) tallied seven kills, five blocks, and three aces.

- Senior Christina Liao (Warren, N.J.) posted 37 assists and 10 digs as freshman Margaret Wang (Rockville, Md.) generated 12 digs and five aces.

- Senior Carly Silvernale (Bellevue, Wash.) collected a match-high 15 digs while freshman Hannah Grupe (Oakwood, Ohio) racked up seven blocks.

UP NEXT:

- MIT closes out the regular season on Saturday, Oct. 27 when it hosts NEWMAC foe WPI at 1:00 p.m.

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