MIT Volleyball Receives AVCA Team Academic AwardCAMBRIDGE, Mass. - For the second year in row, MIT was the lone Division III program to have its mens and womens volleyball teams qualify for the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award. The Engineers were the sole representatives on the Division III mens list and joined Harvard University and Stanford University as the only institutions to double-up on AVCA accolades.
MIT Finishes 11th in Directors’ Cup RankingsCAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Coming on the heels of one of the most successful campaigns in Institute history, MIT placed 11th among all Division III schools in the National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA) annual Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. This was the highest ranking for the Engineers in the 14-year history of the program and the first time they were the best performers in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).
Alex May and Liz Theurer Receive NCAA Postgraduate ScholarshipsCAMBRIDGE, Mass. Seniors Alex May and Liz Theurer were awarded NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships following the 2009 fall season. May, an outside hitter on the womens volleyball team, and Theurer, a forward for the womens soccer squad, became the first athletes from their respective programs to earn this honor.
Womens Volleyball Receives NEWVA Academic Team AwardCAMBRIDGE, Mass. The MIT womens volleyball program was one of seven teams to earn the New England Womens Volleyball Association (NEWVA) Academic Team Award. Squads must attain a minimum grade point average of 3.30 on a 4.0 scale during the fall semester.
Samantha Lampert Honored by Yankee Volleyball AssociationCAMBRIDGE, Mass. Samantha Lampert, currently in her sixth season as an assistant coach with MITs mens and womens volleyball teams, was a recipient of the Rick Pierce Award which was presented by the Yankee Volleyball Association this past weekend. Named in his memory, the award is given annually to one man and one woman who exemplify the characteristics that made Pierce so special: great sportsmanship, a respected player, and a person who volunteers their time to the sport without need for compensation or recognition.
Alex May Earns Academic All-America HonorsCAMBRIDGE, Mass. Alex May made history for the MIT womens volleyball program by being voted to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Volleyball First Team. With her selection, May became the first player in the programs history to earn multiple Academic All-America accolades as she was a Third-Team pick last year. In addition, May is only the second person to represent the Engineers on the First Team; former teammate Amanda Morris 08 accomplished this feat in 2007.
May and Cleeland Receive AVCA and NEWVA AccoladesCAMBRIDGE, Mass. The awards continue to roll in for seniors Alex May and Barden Cleeland following the announcement of the New England Womens Volleyball Association (NEWVA) and American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-New England Teams.
NEWMAC Announces Academic All-Conference TeamsCAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference recently announced the 2009 NEWMAC Fall Academic All-Conference Team. Thirty-five MIT athletes were recognized by the conference for their performance in the classroom.
Womens Volleyball Collects NEWMAC AwardsCAMBRIDGE, Mass. For the second year in a row, the MIT womens volleyball team received four honors from the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) following the announcement of its postseason awards on Tuesday. The Engineers' individual total equals the program-high initially established in 2002.
Wellesley Tops Women's Volleyball in NEWMAC ChampionshipCAMBRIDGE, Mass. With a 25-14, 25-13, 25-19 victory over host MIT, Wellesley College captured its second New England Womens and Mens Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Womens Volleyball crown in three years. The No. 2-seeded Blue improved to 23-9 on the year and earned a spot in the upcoming NCAA Division III Championship Tournament. The Engineers (27-8) will await the announcement of an at-large bid, which will be released on Monday, Nov. 9.
Engineers Sweep Coast Guard, Advance to NEWMAC ChampionshipCAMBRIDGE, Mass. With a 25-19, 25-20, 25-21 victory over the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, the MIT womens volleyball team earned a spot in the New England Womens and Mens Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship Tournament Final for the second time in three years. The top-seeded Engineers (27-7) will take on No. 2 Wellesley College in the title match on Saturday, Nov. 7.
Barden Cleeland Cops NEWMAC Player of the Week HonorsCAMBRIDGE, Mass. Senior Barden Cleeland was voted the New England Womens and Mens Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Womens Volleyball Player of the Week after powering the Engineers to a pair of wins and averaging 2.83 kills, a .519 hitting percentage, 0.83 digs, 0.67 aces, and 0.33 blocks per game. She became the third MIT player to earn this honor this season.
MIT Blanks Clark in NEWMAC QuarterfinalCAMBRIDGE, Mass. A balanced outing by the MIT womens volleyball team helped power it to a 25-11, 25-16, 25-8 victory over Clark University in a quarterfinal match of the New England Womens and Mens Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship Tournament. The top-seeded Engineers will host the remainder of the NEWMAC Tournament with semifinal action beginning on Friday, Nov. 6 and the title match occurring on Saturday, Nov. 7.
Women's Volleyball Sweeps Mount Holyoke on Senior DayCAMBRIDGE, Mass. With a 25-4, 25-16, 25-11 victory over Mount Holyoke College, the MIT womens volleyball team posted an undefeated mark of 9-0 in the New England Womens and Mens Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) and improved to 25-7 on the year. The Lyons finished their season with an overall record of 4-22 and a 0-9 ledger in NEWMAC action.
Engineers Top Wellesley, Capture NEWMAC Regular Season CrownWELLESLEY, Mass. In a key late season NEWMAC match-up, MIT defeated Wellesley College, 25-20, 22-25, 25-21, 25-23 at the Keohane Sports Center on Tuesday night. With the win, the Engineers clinched the No. 1 seed for the upcoming NEWMAC Championship Tournament which kicks off on Tuesday, Nov. 2.
MIT Places Fourth at Hall of Fame TournamentCAMBRIDGE, Mass. Facing several of the top teams in New England, the MIT womens volleyball team posted a fourth-place finish and 1-2 mark at the Hall of Fame Tournament this past weekend. The Engineers opened up play with a 21-25, 24-26, 25-17, 25-21, 15-9 come-from-behind victory over Brandeis University. On Saturday, Tech fell to regionally-ranked No. 1 and top seed Tufts University (25-17, 25-15, 25-23) before losing to No. 8 ranked Amherst College in a back-and-forth five-set battle (20-25, 25-18, 19-25, 25-16, 15-9).
Engineers Fight Off Babson, 3-0CAMBRIDGE, Mass. The MIT womens volleyball team fought off formidable New England Womens and Mens Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) foe Babson College, 25-14, 26-24, 25-20, on Tuesday night. With the win, the Engineers improved to 22-5 on the year and 7-0 in conference action while the Beavers dipped to 12-10 overall and 4-3 in the NEWMAC.
Tech Takes Second Place at MIT Quad TournamentCAMBRIDGE, Mass. With a 2-1 ledger, the Engineers secured second place at the MIT Quad Tournament and also recorded the programs 14th straight 20-win season on Saturday. The Cardinal and Gray (21-5) opened up play by sweeping Eastern Connecticut State University, 25-16, 25-14, 25-17, before falling to UMass Boston, 25-20, 19-25, 13-25, 25-14, 15-8, in a five-set thriller. MIT bounced back by defeating St. Lawrence University, 25-22, 25-14, 21-25, 25-16. Alex May and Jenny Li represented MIT on the All-Tournament Team.
UMass Boston Claims First Place at MIT Quad TournamentCAMBRIDGE, Mass. In its first appearance at the MIT Quad Tournament, the UMass Boston womens volleyball team captured first place courtesy of an undefeated outing on Saturday. The Beacons topped St. Lawrence University, 25-27, 25-19, 25-10, 25-19, before outlasting the host Engineers, 25-20, 19-25, 13-25, 25-14, 15-8. MIT secured second place with a 2-1 ledger, followed by St. Lawrence (1-2) and Eastern Connecticut State University (0-2).
MIT Defeats WPI, Remains Perfect in NEWMAC PlayCAMBRIDGE, Mass. Following a 14-25, 25-12, 25-18, 25-19 over host WPI, the MIT womens volleyball team improved to 19-4 on the year and 6-0 in New England Womens and Mens Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action.
Jenny Li Selected NEWMAC Athlete of the WeekCAMBRIDGE, Mass. Following a 2-0 week for MIT, Jenny Li was named the New England Womens and Mens Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Womens Volleyball Athlete of the Week. The junior outside and middle hitter averaged 3.29 kills, 1.57 digs, 0.43 blocks, and a .463 hitting percentage.
Women's Volleyball Defeats Rivier, 3-1CAMBRIDGE, Mass. In the inaugural meeting between both programs, the MIT womens volleyball team emerged with a 22-25, 25-19, 25-11, 25-17 victory over Rivier College on Thursday night. The Engineers, winners of seven straight matches, saw their record improve to 18-4 on the year while the Raiders ledger dipped to 10-10 overall.
Engineers Top Wheaton in ThreeCAMBRIDGE, Mass. The MIT womens volleyball team remained unblemished in New England Womens and Mens Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action following a 25-18, 25-10, 25-20 victory over Wheaton College on Tuesday night. With the win, the Engineers improved to 17-4 on the year and 5-0 in conference play while the Lyons dipped to 10-9 overall and 1-4 in the NEWMAC.
MIT Takes Second Place at Tufts InvitationalCAMBRIDGE, Mass. Although both MIT and Tufts went undefeated this past weekend at the Tufts University Womens Volleyball Invitational, the host Jumbos came away with the crown based on tie-breaking procedures. Tufts dropped only one set during the tournament while the Engineers (16-4) surrendered a pair in four matches. Barden Cleeland represented the Cardinal and Gray on the All-Tournament Team.
Womens Volleyball Rallies Past Coast GuardNEW LONDON, Conn. - Senior Barden Cleeland posted 15 kills, a .406 hitting percentage, and eight blocks while classmate Alex May totaled 12 kills and 13 digs to help power MIT to a 14-25, 25-21, 25-22, 19-25, 15-13 victory over the U.S. Coast Guard Academy on Tuesday. In the battle of New England Womens and Mens Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) unbeatens, the Engineers (12-4, 4-0 NEWMAC) ended the Bears home winning streak at 25 and handed them their first loss of the season.
Engineers Go 2-2 at MIT InvitationalCAMBRIDGE, Mass. This past weekend MIT finished in sixth place at the MIT Womens Volleyball Invitational. The Engineers (11-4) defeated Colby-Sawyer College (25-20, 23-25, 25-23, 25-13) before falling to Connecticut College (25-22, 25-17, 11-25, 25-14) on Friday. The next day, MIT came back from two sets down to outlast Bowdoin College (16-25, 23-25, 25-16, 25-23, 15-7) before losing to Springfield College (25-18, 25-17, 25-21).
Tufts Defeats Williams College for MIT Volleyball Invitational CrownCAMBRIDGE, Mass. For the second year in a row Tufts University came out on top as it defeated Williams College, 26-24, 25-21, 25-20, to capture the MIT Womens Volleyball Invitational Championship on Saturday. Tufts fought off Connecticut College, last years runner-up, to advance to the title match while Williams swept Wesleyan University en route to its first championship match appearance since 2003.
Kelly Schulte Named NEWMAC Player of the WeekCAMBRIDGE, Mass. For the first time in her career Kelly Schulte was selected the New England Womens and Mens Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Womens Volleyball Player of the Week. In a 2-0 week for MIT, she averaged 3.67 kills, 1.17 aces, 1.67 digs, 0.83 blocks, and a .600 hitting percentage.
MIT Tops Springfield; May Records 1000th KillCAMBRIDGE, Mass. With a 25-20, 25-22, 22-25, 25-22 decision, the MIT womens volleyball team topped previously undefeated Springfield College in a New England Womens and Mens Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest on Tuesday night. Senior Alex May recorded a match-high 19 kills for the Engineers (9-2, 3-0 NEWMAC) to become the eighth player in the programs history to surpass the 1,000-kill mark.
MIT Sweeps Smith in NEWMAC ActionCAMBRIDGE, Mass. In its second conference match of the week, the MIT womens volleyball team topped Smith College, 25-23, 25-17, 25-19, on Saturday. With the win, the Engineers improved to 8-2 on the year and 2-0 in the New England Womens and Mens Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).
Women's Volleyball Cruises Past Clark, 3-0CAMBRIDGE, Mass. In the New England Womens and Mens Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opener for both squads, the MIT womens volleyball team posted a 25-9, 25-16, 25-14 decision over visiting Clark University on Tuesday night. With the win, the Engineers improve to 7-2 on the year and 1-0 in conference play while the Cougars dipped to 1-3 overall and 0-1 in the NEWMAC.
Engineers Split at Buttermaker TournamentCAMBRIDGE, Mass. The MIT womens volleyball team recorded a 2-2 mark at the Buttermaker Tournament hosted by Muhlenberg College this past weekend. The Engineers (6-2) topped DeSales University (25-13, 25-18, 18-25, 25-15) and Moravian College (25-20, 25-22, 20-25, 25-19) before falling to nationally-ranked No. 22 Haverford College (25-22, 25-21, 25-21) and York College (Pa.) (25-16, 25-20, 19-25, 19-25, 15-9). Barden Cleeland represented the Cardinal and Gray on the All-Tournament Team.
Womens Volleyball Sweeps RICCAMBRIDGE, Mass. Alex May had a solid outing in MITs 25-19, 25-19, 25-22 victory over host Rhode Island College on Tuesday night. In two sets, the senior outside hitter registered 12 kills, a .429 hitting percentage, eight digs, and two blocks as the Engineers improved to 4-0 on the year.
MIT Captures Gordon Invitational CrownCAMBRIDGE, Mass. Facing the same opponents for the second year in a row, the outcome was the same as the MIT womens volleyball team opened the 2009 campaign by winning the Gordon College Invitational for the eighth straight season. The Engineers swept Endicott College (25-17, 25-22, 25-14) and Keene State College (25-16, 25-23, 25-12) before topping the host Fighting Scots (25-10, 25-20, 24-26, 25-17) on Saturday. Katrina Ellison was named the Tournament MVP while rookie Katie Spielbauer was tabbed for All-Tournament Team honors.