2012 MIT Women's Volleyball Headlines

December 13, 2012
Katie Spielbauer Voted to ECAC Volleyball All-Star Team
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior Katie Spielbauer (Lakeview, Mich.) became the first player in the history of the MIT women’s volleyball program to be named to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Women’s Volleyball Division III New England All-Star Team as she earned a spot on the second team. She was one of three players to represent the NEWMAC on the list.

December 10, 2012
Spielbauer and Hao Earn Capital One Volleyball Academic All-America Honors
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For fourth time in program history the MIT women’s volleyball team collected a pair of Capital One Academic All-America accolades as senior Katie Spielbauer (Lakeview, Mich.) and junior Sharon Hao (San Jose, Calif.) earned spots on the second team. Both are first-time honorees and the awards are the first for the Engineers since 2009. MIT is the all-time Division III leader in producing Academic All-Americas and ranks third across all NCAA divisions with 192 honors. In addition, the women’s volleyball program stands second with 16 selections as it trails Nebraska on the list.

November 16, 2012
Spielbauer and Taylor Recognized by NEWVA
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The New England Women’s Volleyball Association (NEWVA) tabbed senior Katie Spielbauer (Lakeview, Mich.) and freshman Ada Taylor (Durham, N.C.) for its end of the season All-New England Awards as announced by the organization on Thursday. Spielbauer earned a spot on the first team while Taylor collected Rookie of the Year and All-Rookie Team accolades.

November 13, 2012
Taylor Earns Women’s Volleyball All-America Honors
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT freshman Ada Taylor (Durham, N.C.) collected another award on Tuesday when she received All-America third team honors as announced by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). She is the fourth player and first freshman in the history of the women’s volleyball program to receive this award, joining Lori Cantu ’84, Anella Munro ’84, and Amanda Morris ’08 on this illustrious list. Taylor is one of two players from New England to earn All-America accolades as NEWMAC rival Springfield College saw one of its student-athletes secure a spot on the second team.

November 12, 2012
Ada Taylor Tabbed for NCAA Accolades
NEW LONDON, Conn. – At the conclusion of the NCAA Women’s Volleyball New England Regional Championship on Sunday, freshman Ada Taylor (Durham, N.C.) was selected to the All-Tournament Team. The honor comes after MIT fell to UMass Boston, the eventual regional winner, in its first NCAA tournament appearance since 2007.

November 9, 2012
MIT Falls to UMass Boston, 3-1, in NCAA Tournament
NEW LONDON, Conn. – Making its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in five years, the MIT women’s volleyball team fell to UMass Boston, 22-25, 25-20, 25-13, 25-22, in the opening round on Friday night. The Engineers’ closed their season with a ledger of 30-6, resulting in their best overall record since 2007.

November 9, 2012
Women’s Volleyball Receives Three Capital One Academic All-District Team Selections
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the second year in a row, the MIT women’s volleyball team saw three players earn Capital One Academic All-District honors as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America on Thursday. Senior Katie Spielbauer (Lakeview, Mich.) and junior Kristine Bunker (Falmouth, Mass.) received their second selection while junior Sharon Hao (San Jose, Calif.) was tabbed for the first time. The trio, which accounts for half of the all-district honorees, will represent the Engineers on the national ballot and will contend for Academic All-America honors to be voted on later this month.

November 8, 2012
Spielbauer and Taylor Receive AVCA Regional Awards
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior Katie Spielbauer (Lakeview, Mich.) and freshman Ada Taylor (Durham, N.C.) represented MIT on the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) New England Region Team as announced by the organization on Thursday. In addition, Taylor collected Region Freshman of the Year accolades, joining Austin Zimmerman ’06 and Alex May ’10 on the list of previous honorees for the Cardinal and Gray.

November 7, 2012
NEWMAC Announces Fall Academic All-Conference Awards
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A league-leading 57 athletes represented MIT on the 2012 New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Fall Academic All-Conference Team. Criteria includes a minimum GPA of 3.5/4.0 scale or 4.35/5.0 scale, achieving second year academic status at his or her institution, and being a member of a varsity team for the entire season.

November 6, 2012
Katie Spielbauer Named NEWMAC Athlete of the Year
WELLESLEY, Mass. – MIT women’s volleyball senior Katie Spielbauer (Lakeview, Mich.) became the first libero in the history of the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) to be selected Athlete of the Year as announced by the league on Tuesday. Junior middle hitter Kristine Bunker (Falmouth, Mass.) joined Spielbauer on the all-conference first team while senior setter Alyssa Rothman (Plainview, N.Y.) and freshman middle hitter Ada Taylor (Durham, N.C.) secured spots on the second team.

November 5, 2012
Women's Volleyball to Face UMass Boston in NCAA Tournament
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In the program’s 15th NCAA Tournament appearance and first since 2007, the MIT women’s volleyball team will take on local foe UMass Boston on Friday, Nov. 9 at 5:30 p.m. at Connecticut College. The meeting will be the first between both squads in post-season action and seventh overall since the series began in 1975. In addition to the host Camels, the rest of the regional bracket features Springfield College, Bowdoin College, Emerson College, Roger Williams University, and Framingham State University.

November 4, 2012
MIT Sweeps Wellesley for NEWMAC Volleyball Crown
WELLESLEY, Mass. – Behind the strength of efficient hitting and solid defense, the MIT women’s volleyball team defeated host and top seed Wellesley College, 25-17, 26-24, 25-15, in the 2012 New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship on Sunday afternoon. The No. 3 Engineers (30-5) collected their first title since 1990 and fourth overall to earn a spot in the upcoming NCAA Championship Tournament. Junior Kristine Bunker (Falmouth, Mass.) was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player after compiling 28 kills, a .313 hitting percentage, and 15 blocks.

November 3, 2012
Women's Volleyball Defeats Springfield, Earns Spot in NEWMAC Championship
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 3 seed MIT battled No. 2 Springfield College for a 29-27, 25-21, 18-25, 25-21 victory in the semifinal round of the NEWMAC women’s volleyball tournament on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Engineers (29-5) will take on top seed and host Wellesley College in the title match on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. MIT will be making its first championship appearance since 2009 after falling to the Pride in the semifinals the past two years.

October 31, 2012
MIT Rallies to Defeat Babson, 3-1, in NEWMAC Quarterfinal
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Trailing late in the fourth set, the MIT women’s volleyball generated a 9-3 run to defeat Babson College, 25-15, 25-16, 23-25, 26-24, in the quarterfinal round of the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship Tournament on Wednesday night. The No. 3-seeded Engineers improved their ledger to 28-5 on the year and will face No. 2 Springfield College in a semifinal match at Wellesley College on Saturday, Nov. 3. The No. 6 Beavers, meanwhile, saw their season conclude with a record of 22-8.

October 27, 2012
Engineers Sweep Mount Holyoke
SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. – The MIT women’s volleyball team closed out the regular season by defeating Mount Holyoke College, 25-19, 25-18, 25-8, on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Engineers (27-5, 7-2 NEWMAC) secured the No. 3 seed in the NEWMAC Championship Tournament and will host No. 6 Babson College in a quarterfinal match on Tuesday, Oct. 30.

October 23, 2012
Women's Volleyball Falls to Wellesley in Five-Set Thriller
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women’s volleyball match, Wellesley College emerged with a hard-fought 25-20, 25-13, 22-25, 21-25, 15-5 victory over MIT on Tuesday night. The loss lowered the Engineers ledger to 26-5 on the year and 6-2 in conference play while the Blue improved to 26-4 overall and 8-0 in the NEWMAC.

October 22, 2012
MIT Posts 2-1 Ledger at Hall of Fame Tournament
SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. – At the Hall of Fame Tournament this past weekend, the MIT women’s volleyball team defeated Williams College (19-25, 25-18, 25-17, 22-25, 15-10) and Amherst College (25-20, 25-17, 18-25, 29-27) but fell to Bowdoin College (25-18, 25-19, 24-26, 25-21). Senior Katie Spielbauer (Lakeview, Mich.) was voted to the all-tournament team as the Engineers’ overall record moved to 26-4 on the year.

October 17, 2012
Engineers Fight Off Babson in Four-Set Victory
BABSON PARK, Mass. – In a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference women’s volleyball match, MIT emerged with a 25-16, 22-25, 26-24, 25-18 victory over Babson College on Tuesday night. With the win, the Engineers’ ledger improved to 24-3 on the year and 6-1 in conference play.

October 13, 2012
Women's Volleyball Crowned MIT Quad Tournament Champions
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the sixth time in tournament history and first time since 2010 the MIT women’s volleyball team won the MIT Quad Tournament on Saturday. The Engineers took top honors with a 3-0 ledger, followed by Bridgewater College (Va.), Western New England University, and Rivier College. Senior Alyssa Rothman (Plainview, N.Y.) was named Tournament MVP while junior Tatiana Berger (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) earned a spot on the all-tournament team.

October 4, 2012
MIT Blanks WPI, Reaches 20-Win Mark
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT generated a late rally in the third set to clinch a 25-17, 25-14, 25-23 victory over WPI in a NEWMAC women’s volleyball match on Thursday night. With the win MIT improved to 5-1 in conference play and 20-3 overall, marking its 17th straight 20-win season and 32nd in the 38-year history of the program. WPI, meanwhile, saw its ledger lower to 2-4 in the NEWMAC and 11-6 on the season.

October 3, 2012
Engineers Battle Wheaton in Four-Set Win
NORTON, Mass. – On Tuesday night, MIT emerged with a 25-20, 23-25, 25-16, 25-23 victory over Wheaton College in a NEWMAC women's volleyball match. With the win, the Engineers improved to 19-3 on the year and 4-1 in conference play.

October 1, 2012
MIT Captures JWU Fall Classic Title
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - With a 3-1 ledger, the MIT women's volleyball team was crowned champions of the Johnson & Wales University Fall Classic held this past weekend. Senior Katie Spielbauer (Lakeview, Mich.) was named tournament MVP while classmate Alyssa Rothman (Plainview, N.Y.) and junior Kristine Bunker (Falmouth, Mass.) earned spots on the all-tournament team.

September 25, 2012
MIT Defeats Coast Guard in Four Sets
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Four MIT women’s volleyball players reached double-digits in kills while two posted double-doubles in a 25-27, 25-17, 25-19, 25-18 victory over the U.S. Coast Guard Academy on Tuesday night. With their fifth win in a row, the Engineers improved to 15-2 on the year and 3-1 in NEWMAC play. The Bears, meanwhile, saw their ledger lower to 8-6 overall and 2-2 in conference action.

September 22, 2012
Women's Volleyball Wins MIT Invitational
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the first time since 2007, MIT sat atop the final standings at the MIT Women’s Volleyball Invitational which concluded on Saturday afternoon. The Engineers swept Bates College (25-16, 25-20, 25-17) and Roger Williams University (25-20, 25-23, 25-16) on Friday and then closed out the weekend with wins over Brandeis University (22-25, 25-17, 25-11, 26-24) and Tufts University (25-14, 25-20, 25-13) on Saturday. The undefeated performance was also matched by Springfield College and Wellesley College therefore sets won-lost broke the tie as MIT had a ledger of 12-1, followed by the Pride’s 12-2 outing and the Blue’s record of 12-3. Senior Alyssa Rothman (Plainview, N.Y.) was named the tournament MVP while fellow classmate Katie Spielbauer (Lakeview, Mich.) earned all-tournament honors.

September 19, 2012
Engineers Fall to Springfield, 3-1, in NEWMAC Volleyball Action
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Senior Trinity Leonard (Mill Valley, Calif.) and junior Kristine Bunker (Falmouth, Mass.) both generated nine kills to lead a balanced attack as the MIT women’s volleyball team fell to Springfield College, 25-22, 24-26, 25-13, 25-21, on Tuesday night. With the loss, the Engineers’ ledger dipped to 10-2 on the year and 2-1 in NEWMAC play.

September 15, 2012
Women's Volleyball Sweeps Smith and Simmons
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In its first home matches of the 2012 season, the MIT women’s volleyball team defeated NEWMAC rival Smith College (25-17, 25-18, 25-11) and local foe Simmons College (25-15, 25-19, 25-12) on Saturday afternoon. Earlier on, Simmons battled Smith for a 26-28, 25-15, 25-18, 19-25, 15-13 victory.

September 12, 2012
MIT Blanks Clark in NEWMAC Volleyball Opener
WORCESTER, Mass. – In its first New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) match of the season, the MIT women’s volleyball team defeated host Clark University, 25-16, 25-14, 26-24, on Tuesday night. With the win, the Engineers improved to 8-1 on the year and 1-0 in league play while the Cougars’ record lowered to 4-3 overall and 0-1 in the NEWMAC.

September 10, 2012
Engineers Finish Second at Vikings Clash
CHICAGO, Ill. – In its first appearance at the Vikings Clash hosted by North Park University this past weekend, the MIT women’s volleyball team finished second in the standings with a ledger of 3-1. The Engineers fell to Benedictine University, 25-13, 28-26, 25-19, in the opener but bounced back to sweep North Park (25-23, 25-20, 25-17), Marian University (25-20, 25-21, 25-20), and Alverno College (25-12, 25-19, 25-20). Seniors Trinity Leonard (Mill Valley, Calif.) and Katie Spielbauer (Lakeview, Mich.) represented the Cardinal and Gray on the all-tournament team.

September 1, 2012
Women’s Volleyball Captures Regis Pride Invitational Title
WESTON, Mass. – For the second year in a row, the MIT women’s volleyball team was crowned champions of the Regis College Pride Invitational on Saturday afternoon. The Engineers defeated Husson University (25-16, 25-10, 25-13), Worcester State University (18-25, 25-15, 25-23, 25-15), the host Pride (25-13, 25-13, 25-15), and WPI (25-14, 22-25, 25-18, 25-10) to open the 2012 season with a 4-0 ledger. Junior Kristine Bunker (Falmouth, Mass.) collected all-tournament honors while classmate Tatiana Berger (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) was named Tournament MVP.

August 27, 2012
MIT Athletics Fall 2012 Webcast Schedule Set
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Webcasting is back for the 2012-13 season for MIT Athletics, with a schedule that includes 23 different contests lined up for the fall it was announced today. Games for field hockey, football, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball and men’s water polo will all be included in the lineup.

July 31, 2012
Women’s Volleyball Announces 2012 Schedule
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the second year in a row, the MIT women’s volleyball team will kickoff its season at the two-day Regis College Tournament on August 31. The tournament is one of six the Engineers will be playing in throughout the 2012 campaign in addition to a nine-match New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) schedule.

July 20, 2012
MIT Volleyball Receives AVCA Team Academic Award
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the sixth year in a row, the MIT men’s and women’s volleyball teams qualified for the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award. Vassar College was the only other Division III double-honoree while George Mason, Harvard, and Stanford accomplished this feat at the Division I level.