Women’s Volleyball Battles Coast Guard for Five-Set Victory

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THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 3, U.S. Coast Guard Academy 2 (25-22, 20-25, 28-30, 25-17, 15-8)

- Records: MIT (13-3, 3-0 NEWMAC), Coast Guard (11-4, 3-1 NEWMAC)

- Location: New London, Conn. (Roland Hall)

- The Lead: Trailing two sets to one, the MIT women's volleyball team battled back to defeat the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 25-22, 20-25, 28-30, 25-17, 15-8, in NEWMAC action on Saturday. Senior Alexis Groark (Elwood, N.Y.) led all players with a career-high 23 kills while hitting .327 as classmate Madison Lee (Hillsborough, Calif.) generated a career-best and match-high 27 digs.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Set 1: A back-and-forth start to the match created a 13-13 deadlock. A pair of kills by Groark sparked an 8-2 run; however, Coast Guard battled back as it came within two on three occasions, the last at 24-22. MIT responded with another Groark kill to thwart the late rally.

- Set 2: Trailing 10-6, the Bears put together an 8-1 run. The Engineers won the next four points to go back in front, and eventually held a 20-18 edge courtesy of an ace from junior Francesca Macchiavello (Lexington, Ky.). Following its own timeout, Coast Guard rattled off seven unanswered points to capture the come-from-behind victory.

- Set 3: MIT gradually established a 20-15 lead, but the Bears put together a 7-2 run to even the score. An exchange of points ensued until two kills gave Coast Guard a 26-25 edge. The back-and-forth scoring resumed until a pair of kills gave the Bears a 30-28 win.

- Set 4: The Engineers jumped out to an 8-2 advantage. Coast Guard narrowed the gap to 13-12, but a kill from Groark sparked a 12-5 set-ending run.

- Set 5: MIT won five out of the first six points before taking an 8-5 lead at the changeover. The Bears recorded the next point, however, the Engineers outscored them 7-2 as a solo block by junior Emily Condon (Orange, Calif.) clinched the match.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Junior Andie Maloney (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) tallied 48 assists, 15 digs, and a career as well as a match-high eight blocks.

- First-year Alyssa Unell (Scottsdale, Ariz.) posted nine kills and six blocks as sophomore Hannah Collins (Sunnyvale, Calif.) chipped in eight kills.

- Sophomore Maggie Wang (Rockville, Md.) and Macchiavello both earned three aces while Wang collected nine digs.

- Condon bolstered the defense with six blocks.

UP NEXT:

- MIT continues NEWMAC play on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 7:00 p.m. when it hosts Wheaton College.

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