Women’s Volleyball Sweeps Westfield State and Simmons

A photo of Francesca Macchiavello, facing right, digging the ball
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THE BASICS:

- Scores:
MIT 3, Westfield State University 0 (25-10, 25-17, 25-11)
MIT 3, Simmons University 0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-12)

- Records: MIT (22-6); Westfield State (11-15); Simmons (16-8)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)

- The Lead: The MIT women's volleyball team closed out the non-conference portion of its schedule by sweeping Westfield State University (25-10, 25-17, 25-11) and Simmons University (25-22, 25-17, 25-12) on Saturday.

HOW IT HAPPENED – MATCH ONE vs. Westfield State:

- Set 1: MIT jumped out to an 8-1 advantage and maintained a comfortable margin throughout the set en route to a 25-10 win.

- Set 2: The Engineers built a 7-2 lead but a trio of errors kept Westfield State within striking distance. MIT responded with a kill by sophomore Julia Caravias (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), sparking a 12-4 run before capturing a 25-17 victory.

- Set 3: Knotted at four, a kill by sophomore Annie Bryan (Kirkwood, Mo.) kicked off a string of nine unanswered points and propelled MIT to a 25-11 win.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Caravias led all players with 10 kills while sophomore Nikasha Patel (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) and first-year Alyssa Unell (Scottsdale, Ariz.) both added seven kills.

- Junior Andie Maloney (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) tallied 40 assists, 13 digs, and a career-high seven aces.

- Junior Francesca Macchiavello (Lexington, Ky.) collected 11 digs, followed by nine from senior Madison Lee (Hillsborough, Calif.).

- Shawna Crowley paced the Owls with five kills while Brianna Starkey chipped in four of her own.

- Ally Rega notched 16 assists and six digs as Lizzie Taylor generated 12 digs.

- This was the first meeting between both programs since 2006 and the third overall.

HOW IT HAPPENED – MATCH TWO vs. Simmons:

- Set 1: Trailing 8-7, Simmons put together a 6-1 run which featured three aces by Gabriela Hernandez. MIT replied with a kill from Unell, which set off a 5-1 burst that tied the score at 14. An exchange of points ensued until the Engineers capitalized on two hitting errors and a Maloney kill to take a 22-19 edge. The back-and-forth scoring resumed until a kill by senior Alexis Groark (Elwood, N.Y.) clinched the 25-22 come-from-behind win.

- Set 2: Trailing 9-6, a kill by Maloney sparked a 7-1 run which put MIT ahead for good. The Sharks battled back, tying the set on two occasions, the last at 15 on a kill from Krissy Lloyd. The Engineers countered with an 8-2 set-ending run that was capped by the second of two aces by first-year Sofie Kupiec (Manhattan Beach, Calif.).

- Set 3: MIT gradually built a 10-3 lead and never looked back as it cruised to a 25-12 victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Groark posted a match-high 13 kills and a .423 hitting performance as Unell notched nine kills and three blocks.

- Junior Emily Condon (Orange, Calif.) tallied six kills, three blocks, and two aces while Maloney dished out 36 assists.

- Lee led all players with 14 digs as Macchiavello produced eight of her own.

- Kupiec finished with a career-high four aces.

- Morgan Weeg, who became the Simmons all-time leader in career kills earlier in the day against Westfield State, powered the Sharks with 11 kills while Sydney Iannatuono had 10 kills.

- Faith Gray-Williams registered 23 assists and a team-high nine digs as Morgan Lauvray bolstered the defense with eight digs.

- Hernandez paced Simmons with three aces.

UP NEXT:

- MIT resumes NEWMAC play on Tuesday, Oct. 29 when it hosts Emerson College at 7:00 p.m.

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