Sept. 14, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT bounced back from a tough five-game loss to Wellesley College this past weekend to defeat the Blue, 30-28, 30-17, 30-16, in the NEWMAC opener for both squads on Tuesday night. Frances Rogoz blasted her 10th kill of the evening down the line to seal the victory.
Sloppy play marred the opening set as the Engineers (6-3, 1-0 NEWMAC) aced Wellesley seven times but missed five serves and surrendered three aces. Neither team could open a significant lead or generate much momentum, but MIT escaped with the win.
In the second game steadier ball control ignited Tech's offense. The Engineers turned a 5-4 deficit into an 11-5 lead on a seven-point serving run by Caroline Jordan and never looked back. Lindsay Hunting scored two aces during another seven-point run that resulted in a 22-9 advantage. Both squads traded points until MIT closed the set with a 30-17 win. Rogoz scored six times on 11 swings and Rose Zhong and Jordan each tallied five kills. MIT's defense improved as well, with Zhong, Carrie Buchanan, and Arlis Reynolds combining for nine digs against a variety of off-speed shots from Wellesley.
The Engineers continued to roll in the third game, as Rogoz used an eight-point serving run with three of her match-high six aces to open up a 10-2 lead. Later on, she served another long string of points to put MIT up 22-10. Jordan dropped four of her team-leading 12 kills while Reynolds collected five of her 12 digs, edging out Buchanan by one. Austin Zimmerman finished the match with 27 assists, as the Engineers' prolific service game of 14 aces fueled the offense.