Women's Volleyball Captures NEWMAC Regular-Season Title

Women's Volleyball Captures NEWMAC Regular-Season Title

Oct. 27, 2007


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - With a 30-13, 30-12, 30-16 victory over Mount Holyoke College on Saturday, MIT finished the season unscathed in NEWMAC play and earned the top seed going into next week's Championship Tournament. The Lyons will return to Rockwell Cage on Tuesday, Oct. 30 for a quarterfinal match-up slated to begin at 7:00 p.m.

With Carrie Buchanan at the service line, the Engineers (32-1, 9-0 NEWMAC) opened the match with nine unanswered points. Mount Holyoke (5-20, 1-8 NEWMAC) posted several points in bunches, but they could not overcome the deficit as the Cardinal and Gray's margin eventually grew to 17 points (24-7).

The Lyons tallied the first four points of the second stanza, which were countered with seven straight behind strong serving from MIT's Lindsay Hunting. Mount Holyoke stayed within striking distance, eventually trailing by three (13-10). On the ensuing side out by the Engineers, Hunting's prowess at the service line helped extend the margin to 20-10. The Lyons capitalized on a pair of MIT service errors down the stretch, but Tech bounced back with a six-point serving run by Buchanan, which featured an ace to cap the game.

In the final frame, Mount Holyoke established a 3-1 edge. The Engineers picked up the next four points, which was answered by three from the Lyons to regain the lead (6-5). Back-to-back points and then a service error by MIT evened the contest at seven. A side-out and powerful serving from Katie Rowe helped the Engineers take an 18-7 advantage. Mount Holyoke narrowed its deficit to single digits twice, the last occurring at 19-10. The Cardinal and Gray captured the next two points to reestablish its double-digit advantage for the remainder of the match.

The Engineers turned in a trio of efficient hitting performances. Rowe led the pack with 18 kills on two errors and 24 attempts (.667), to go along with four blocks and three aces. Barden Cleeland posted 12 kills with three errors and 18 attempts (.500) as Rose Zhong notched seven kills on 15-errorless swings (.467) and nine digs. Buchanan tallied 11 digs and four aces while Hunting collected 10 digs and five aces. Katrina Ellison bolstered MIT's defense with four blocks. Amanda Morris and Cassy Piela split setting duties for the second consecutive match. Morris dished out 29 assists in two games of work while Piela registered 10 in the third game.

Rachel West and Amadna Trask each recorded four kills as West distributed 12 assists. Kathryne Schwartz paced Mount Holyoke with nine digs while Rosa Marruffo finished with seven of her own. Chelsea Tracy and Brenna Shepherd each earned four aces.