Engineers Advance to NEWMAC Semifinal

Engineers Advance to NEWMAC Semifinal

Oct. 31, 2006


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Behind a team hitting percentage of .370, the MIT women's volleyball team defeated Mount Holyoke College, 30-15, 30-23, 30-9, in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship Tournament quarterfinal match on Tuesday. The No. 2 seeded Engineers will face No. 3 Springfield College in a semifinal match to be played at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy on Friday, Nov. 3. With the loss, No. 7 Mount Holyoke concluded its season with an overall record of 9-15.

The Lyons' 3-2 lead in the opening game would be their last as MIT (31-4) registered the next four points. Mount Holyoke stayed within striking distance, but it could only narrow the gap to two points (9-7). Strong serving runs by Alex May and Lindsay Hunting helped the Engineers build a 19-9 advantage and eventually take the game.

After trading points to start the second stanza, Tech took a 7-3 edge. Following a service error, Mount Holyoke's Briana Shepherd directed a three-point spurt from the service line that evened the contest at seven. MIT won the next three points, however, the Lyons cut their deficit to one (10-9). The game remained closely played until the Engineers posted a five-point run, the largest of the game, for a 28-21 advantage.

MIT opened the final frame by capturing 10 of the first 13 points. Mount Holyoke regained the serve, but the Engineers responded by scoring the next 11 points for a 21-4 lead. As a team, Tech tallied nine aces in the third game and posted 13 kills with one error on 18 attempts for a .667 hitting performance.

May paced MIT with 14 kills while Frances Rogoz recorded an efficient offensive outing with 10 kills and a .500 hitting percentage. Alexandra Huston-Carico bolstered Tech's attack with eight kills and a .400 hitting performance. Hunting led the Engineers with four aces as Amanda Morris, Rose Zhong, and Katie Rowe each notched three. May and Briana Stephenson registered four total blocks apiece while Morris dished out 35 assists. Carrie Buchanan anchored MIT's defense with 11 digs as Rogoz added nine.

For Mount Holyoke, Kendall Burns led the way with 15 digs while Emily Groth posted six kills and 10 digs. Rachel West distributed 11 assists in the loss.