- Score: No. 25 MIT 3, WPI 1 (27-29, 25-16, 25-22, 25-13)
- Records: No. 25 MIT (24-4, 9-1 NEWMAC); WPI (21-7, 6-4 NEWMAC)
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)
- The Lead: In the NEWMAC women's volleyball regular-season finale for both teams, nationally-ranked No. 25 MIT defeated WPI, 27-29, 25-16, 25-22, 25-13, on Saturday afternoon. In the victory, MIT senior Carly Silvernale (Bellevue, Wash.) became the 16th player in program history to reach 1,000 digs while the team amassed 17 blocks, just one shy of tying the Institute record for blocks in a match.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Set 1: The opening frame featured 15 ties and 10 lead changes. Trailing 18-15, a serving error and back-to-back aces from Sarah Kwatinetz kicked off a run that eventually gave WPI a 24-22 edge. Two kills by senior Abby Bertics (La Jolla, Calif.) in addition to a block with junior Shea Landeene (Phoenix, Ariz.) gave MIT a 25-24 edge. WPI capitalized on a Casey Hunt kill and an MIT hitting error to go back in front. An exchange of points followed until WPI used a kill from Colleen Mullins and a hitting error to capture the 29-27 win.
- Set 2: MIT jumped out to an 8-3 lead and maintained a small cushion en route to a 25-16 win.
- Set 3: MIT gradually built a 17-9 advantage, but WPI battled back, coming within 23-22 after a ball-handling error. Following an MIT timeout, Bertics recorded a pair of kills to thwart the comeback attempt.
- Set 4: MIT established a 15-9 lead, which prompted a timeout by WPI. Once action resumed, MIT outscored WPI, 10-4, to wrap up the match.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Silvernale collected 20 digs as senior Carly Staub (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) racked up eight blocks.
- Bertics finished with 15 kills, nine digs, six blocks, and two aces while junior Alexis Groark (Elwood, N.Y.) posted a team-high 16 kills to go along with three blocks.
- Mullins led all players with 17 kills and chipped in nine digs while Hunt registered nine kills and eight digs.
- Azita Bakhtyari tallied 32 assists and 17 digs as Amanda Wetmore notched four blocks.
- Both teams will continue their seasons in the quarterfinals of the NEWMAC Tournament on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 7:00 p.m. No. 2 seeded MIT will host No. 7 Wheaton College while No. 5 WPI will travel to No. 4 Wellesley College.