Women’s Volleyball Goes Undefeated at MIT Invitational

An action photo of Andie Maloney, facing left, serving the ball
Photo by Nate Cruz Walma '22

THE BASICS:

- Scores:
MIT 3, SUNY Geneseo 1 (27-29, 26-24, 25-19, 25-19)
MIT 3, Bowdoin College 0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-18)

- Records: MIT (9-2); Geneseo (4-5); Bowdoin (3-4)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)

- The Lead: For the fourth year in a row the MIT women's volleyball went undefeated at the MIT Invitational as it closed the tournament out on Saturday with wins over SUNY Geneseo (27-29, 26-24, 25-19, 25-19) and Bowdoin College (25-19, 25-21, 25-18). Junior Andie Maloney (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) represented the Engineers on the All-Tournament Team.

HOW IT HAPPENED – MATCH ONE vs. Geneseo:

- Set 1: MIT took an early lead, but a four-point burst put Geneseo in front, 24-23. After trading points, the Knights capitalized on a serving error and an ace to claim a 29-27 win.

- Set 2: The Engineers jumped out to a 12-4 advantage and maintained a comfortable cushion until Geneseo mounted a 12-3 run that put it ahead, 22-20. Three ties ensued as a hitting error by the Knights evened the score at 24. MIT responded with kills by first-year Alyssa Unell (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and senior Alexis Groark (Elwood, N.Y.) to secure the win.

- Set 3: Tied at 13, a kill by sophomore Hannah Collins (Sunnyvale, Calif.) set off a string of seven unanswered points and propelled the Engineers to a 25-19 victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Collins led MIT with a career-high 15 kills to go along with three blocks as Groark totaled 14 kills and four blocks.

- Unell produced 10 kills, a .533 hitting performance, and three blocks while junior Emily Condon (Orange, Calif.) recorded 11 kills and four blocks.

- Maloney compiled 46 assists, 14 digs, and a career-high four aces.

HOW IT HAPPENED – MATCH TWO vs. Bowdoin:

- Set 1: Tied at 11, a kill by Groark sparked a 12-4 run which helped MIT capture a 25-19 win.

- Set 2: Trailing 13-8, the Engineers gradually put together a 14-5 run which gave it the lead for good. Bowdoin won the next three points, closing the gap to 22-20. The comeback attempt would be thwarted courtesy of kills by sophomore Hannah Grupe (Oakwood, Ohio) and Unell.

- Set 3: The early stages of the set were a back-and-forth affair as there were eight ties and three lead changes. Deadlocked at 13, MIT mounted an 11-3 run which resulted in match point. A kill and an ace kept the Polar Bears alive, however, a Condon kill clinched the win.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Groark led all players with 13 kills, followed by 11 from Collins.

- Unell notched nine kills, a .467 hitting percentage, and five blocks while Condon chipped in seven kills, three blocks, and two aces.

- Senior Madison Lee (Hillsborough, Calif.) collected a match-high 17 digs as Maloney tallied 40 assists, six digs, and four blocks.

UP NEXT:

- MIT returns to action on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 6:00 p.m. when it hosts Springfield College in the NEWMAC opener for both squads.

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