Engineers Go 2-1 at Gordon Invitational

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In its first action of the 2010 campaign, the MIT women's volleyball team posted a 2-1 mark at the Gordon College Invitational on Saturday. The Engineers defeated Endicott College, 25-18, 25-12, 24-26, 25-21, before falling to Keene State College, 25-21, 16-25, 25-23, 25-17. The Cardinal and Gray bounced back by sweeping the host Fighting Scots, 25-17, 25-6, 25-15. Sophomore libero Katie Spielbauer represented MIT on the All-Tournament Team for the second year in a row.

Maja Rudolph paced the Engineers' attack with 14 kills and a .481 hitting percentage against Endicott. Tatiana Berger posted 11 kills and two aces while Kelly Schulte tallied 11 digs, eight kills, and three blocks. Jenny Li contributed six kills and two blocks as Trinity Leonard registered a trio of blocks. Spielbauer totaled 13 digs and two aces while Natasha Jensen tacked on six digs. Kate Kelly earned five aces as Alyssa Rothman compiled 39 assists, seven digs, three aces, and two blocks.

Berger notched a double-double versus Keene State, finishing with 10 kills and 11 digs. Li had 10 kills, three aces, and two blocks while Cecily Joujon-Roche recorded nine kills, a .438 hitting percentage, and three blocks. Rudolph added seven kills and two blocks as Schulte chipped in seven digs, five kills, and two blocks. Spielbauer amassed 28 digs and 25-errorless service receptions while Rothman tallied 35 assists, 16 digs, four kills, and two aces.

In its finale with Gordon MIT accumulated 20 aces, just four shy of breaking the Institute record. Kelly led the way with seven aces to go along with eight digs as Li registered four aces and four kills. Kristine Bunker earned four aces on eight serving attempts while posting three kills and three blocks. Leonard notched 10 kills and a .571 hitting performance as Rachel Hunt picked up three blocks. Spielbauer and Anna Dikina both recorded two aces while Spielbauer collected a team-high nine digs. Schulte rounded out the defense with four digs and two blocks. Rothman dished out seven assists in the opening set while Sharon Hao finished out the match with 13 assists.