Engineers Place Fifth at MIT Invitational

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The women's volleyball team compiled a 3-1 ledger en route to a fifth-place finish at the MIT Invitational held this past weekend. The Engineers (10-6) opened action on Friday with a 25-11, 20-25, 18-25, 25-22, 16-14 win over North Park University before falling to Williams College, 25-19, 25-17, 26-28, 25-15. MIT defeated Vassar College, 27-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-8, in the first meeting between both programs since 1995, before topping Endicott College, 20-25, 25-12, 25-23, 25-19, for the second time this month. Kelly Schulte represented the Cardinal and Gray on the All-Tournament Team for the first time in her career.

In MIT's five-set thriller with North Park, Jenny Li tallied nine kills, a .348 hitting percentage, and five blocks while Schulte posted nine kills, a .389 hitting performance, and four blocks. Cecily Joujon-Roche notched six kills, four blocks, and two aces as Trinity Leonard totaled six kills, three blocks, and two aces. Rachel Hunt contributed five kills in two sets while Emma Gargus racked up five blocks in three sets. Katie Spielbauer collected 16 digs, followed by nine from Kate Kelly. Natasha Jensen added seven digs as Kristine Bunker bolstered the defense with three blocks. Sharon Hao registered 22 assists and six digs while Alyssa Rothman dished out 14 assists in two sets.

Against Williams, Li paced the Engineers with 15 kills and a .382 hitting percentage. Joujon-Roche tacked on eight kills and a team-high three blocks as Schulte chipped in seven kills. Spielbauer amassed 17 digs while Leonard posted 11 of her own. Tatiana Berger led the way with three aces as Kelly recorded seven digs. Hao distributed 28 assists in the loss.

Li and Schulte were forces to be reckoned with at the net versus Vassar as Li led the way with 15 kills while Schulte had 14 kills and four blocks. Hao tallied 39 assists, five digs, four aces, and one solo block as Berger posted eight digs, five kills, and two aces. Gargus and Bunker notched four and three blocks, respectively, while Spielbauer totaled 16 digs. Jensen contributed 12 digs as Leonard and Kelly both added six.

Schulte led the way for MIT against Endicott, compiling 18 kills, a .400 hitting percentage, and five blocks. Leonard registered 11 kills, eight digs, four blocks, and two aces as Gargus notched eight kills, a .500 hitting performance, and five blocks. Li chipped in eight kills while Bunker paced the blocking corps with six stops. Hao finished with 44 assists, six digs, two blocks, and two aces as Spielbauer totaled 15 digs and 29 errorless service receptions. Jensen and Kelly both earned two aces while adding 10 and eight digs, respectively.