Nov. 15, 2004
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. - For the second year in a row, MIT was crowned the ECAC New England Division III Women's Volleyball champion after defeating Wellesley College and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. on Saturday. Caroline Jordan earned Tournament MVP honors as Austin Zimmerman established a new Institute mark of 3,632 career assists. The Engineers closed the season with a record of 26-10.
No. 2-seed MIT defeated No. 3 Wellesley in the semifinals, 30-26, 24-30, 30-23, 30-18, marking the fourth time this year the Engineers have been on the winning side of this pairing. Caroline Jordan posted her first double-double of the day, tallying 17 kills and 12 digs. She also contributed two solo and four assisted blocks. Joy Hart added another double-double, notching 10 kills and 16 digs, and registered a team-high eight aces. Arlis Reynolds led Tech with 17 digs while Austin Zimmerman totaled 40 assists, 10 digs, and two solo blocks.
In the championship match, MIT fought off three game points in the first game en route to a 33-31, 30-24, 27-30, 30-27, victory over top-seeded Coast Guard. Joy Hart led the way with 17 kills and 26 digs while Caroline Jordan contributed 15 kills, 16 assists, one solo and three assisted blocks. Arlis Reynolds and Carrie Buchanan each totaled 21 digs while Ellen Sojka had 12 kills. Lisa Rossi posted 12 digs while Austin Zimmerman dished out 50 assists, helping her establish the new career assists record.