2013 MIT Women's Volleyball News

January 10, 2014
Former Volleyball Standout’s Mission to Mars
MIT’s Jennifer Harris Trosper’s old team made an appearance in an NCAA Championship; her new one helps guide rovers across the red planet.

December 13, 2013
ECAC Names Bunker to Volleyball All-Star Team
CENTERVILLE, Mass. – The postseason recognition of the MIT women’s volleyball team continued on Friday as senior Kristine Bunker (Falmouth, Mass.) was voted to the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III New England Volleyball All-Star second team. The award marks the second consecutive accolade for the Engineers from the association as Katie Spielbauer ’13 also secured a spot on the second team.

December 10, 2013
Women's Volleyball Earns Two Academic All-America Honors
TOWSON, Md. – For the second year in a row, the MIT women’s volleyball team saw multiple players earn Capital One Academic All-America second-team honors as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America on Tuesday. Senior Kristine Bunker (Falmouth, Mass.) and junior Jenny Astrachan (Austin, Texas) were tabbed for the first time, as MIT was the only institution to receive multiple awards.

November 22, 2013
NEWVA Announces Postseason Awards
NEW LONDON, N.H. – The awards haul continues for the MIT women’s volleyball team with a pair of announcements from the New England Women’s Volleyball Association (NEWVA) on Thursday. Senior Kristine Bunker (Falmouth, Mass.) secured a spot on the All-New England second team while being joined by classmate Tatiana Berger (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) as selections for the NEWVA Senior Classic.

November 20, 2013
Bunker Earns AVCA All-America Honorable Mention Accolades
LEXINGTON, Ky. – For the second straight season, the MIT women’s volleyball team was recognized on the national level as senior Kristine Bunker (Falmouth, Mass.) earned All-America honorable mention accolades from the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). The award comes a week after she was voted to the AVCA Division III New England All-Region Team and was named to the NEWMAC All-Conference first team.

November 14, 2013
MIT Places Two on AVCA New England All-Region Team
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The MIT women’s volleyball team saw senior Kristine Bunker (Falmouth, Mass.) and junior Nicole Gagnier (Atlanta, Ga.) become first-time honorees by the American Volleyball Coaches Association on Thursday with their placement on the Division III New England All-Region Team.

November 11, 2013
Berger and Bunker Earn NEWMAC Volleyball All-Conference Honors
BOSTON, Mass. – For the second year in a row, MIT senior Kristine Bunker (Falmouth, Mass.) was named to the NEWMAC Volleyball All-Conference first team while classmate Tatiana Berger (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) became a first-time honoree with a selection to the second team. With the awards, the Engineers have extended their streak to 25 consecutive seasons with at least one conference plaudit.

November 9, 2013
Engineers Fall to Springfield in NEWMAC Volleyball Semifinals
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – In the program’s 16th straight appearance in the NEWMAC Women’s Volleyball Tournament semifinals, MIT fell to top-seed and host Springfield College, 25-12, 25-23, 25-20, on Saturday afternoon. With the loss, the Engineers close their season with a ledger of 22-11.

November 8, 2013
Bunker and Astrachan Receive Capital One Academic All-District Selections
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the third year in a row, the MIT women’s volleyball team saw multiple players earn Capital One Academic All-District honors as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America on Thursday. Senior Kristine Bunker (Falmouth, Mass.) received her third selection while junior Jenny Astrachan (Austin, Texas) was tabbed for the first time. The duo, which accounts for one-third 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 5, 2013
NEWMAC Announces Fall Academic All-Conference Awards
BOSTON, Mass. – A league-leading 62 athletes represented MIT on the 2013 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 5, 2013
MIT Defeats Smith in NEWMAC Quarterfinals
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In the quarterfinals of the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship Tournament, the MIT women’s volleyball team defeated Smith College, 25-13, 25-15, 25-23, on Tuesday evening. With the win, Tech (22-10) will advance to the semifinals and will face top-seeded Springfield College on Saturday, Nov. 9. The Pioneers ended their season with a record of 21-8.

November 2, 2013
Women's Volleyball Blanks Coast Guard, 3-0
NEW LONDON, Conn. – In its final match of the regular season, the MIT women’s volleyball team defeated the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 25-22, 25-14, 25-21, on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Engineers (21-10, 7-3 NEWMAC) are currently in the fourth spot of the league standings and are in position to host a quarterfinal match of the NEWMAC Championship Tournament on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

October 29, 2013
Engineers Sweep Emerson on Senior Night
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Playing for only the second time in program history and first as NEWMAC rivals, the MIT women’s volleyball team defeated Emerson College, 25-16, 25-11, 25-18, on Tuesday night. Senior Kristine Bunker (Falmouth, Mass.) paced the Engineers’ (20-10, 6-3 NEWMAC) balanced attack with nine kills and a .643 hitting percentage to go along with two blocks. Junior Kat Rice (Delmar, N.Y.) led the way for the Lions (15-11, 3-6 NEWMAC) with four kills to go along with two digs, an ace, and a block.

October 26, 2013
MIT Goes 1-2 at Hall of Fame Tournament
SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. – In its annual appearance at the Hall of Fame Tournament, the MIT women’s volleyball team compiled a 1-2 ledger this past weekend. The Engineers (19-10) fell to Middlebury College, 26-28, 25-12, 25-21, 26-24 on Friday night but bounced back and outlasted Williams College, 25-19, 16-25, 15-25, 25-22, 15-12, on Saturday morning. In the finale, MIT was bested by Amherst College, 26-24, 25-23, 27-25. Senior Kristine Bunker (Falmouth, Mass.) represented the Cardinal and Gray on the All-Tournament Team.

October 22, 2013
Women’s Volleyball Falls to Babson in Five-Set Thriller
BABSON PARK, Mass. – In a back-and-forth affair, host Babson College emerged with a 20-25, 18-25, 21-25, 25-22, 15-10 victory over MIT in a NEWMAC women’s volleyball match on Tuesday night. Freshman Megan Gebhard (Howell, Mich.) generated a match-high 17 kills to go along with 10 digs and two aces for the Engineers (18-8, 5-3 NEWMAC).

October 19, 2013
Engineers Crowned MIT Quad Tournament Champions
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the second year in a row and seventh time in tournament history the MIT women’s volleyball team won the MIT Quad Tournament on Saturday. The Engineers (18-7) took top honors with a 3-0 ledger, followed by UMass Boston, Western New England University, and Rivier University. Junior Nicole Gagnier (Atlanta, Ga.) was named the Tournament MVP while freshman Megan Gebhard (Howell, Mich.) represented the Cardinal and Gray on the All-Tournament Team.

October 10, 2013
Balanced Attack Powers MIT Past Wheaton
NORTON, Mass. – The MIT women’s volleyball team saw four players reach double-digits in kills as it defeated Wheaton College, 25-20, 25-23, 21-25, 25-22, in a NEWMAC match on Thursday night. Senior Kristine Bunker (Falmouth, Mass.) led the way for the Engineers (15-7, 5-2 NEWMAC) with 11 kills and a .611 hitting percentage.

October 8, 2013
Women's Volleyball Falls to Wellesley in Three Sets
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Wellesley College generated a .342 hitting percentage en route to a 25-13, 25-16, 25-22 victory over MIT in a NEWMAC women’s volleyball match on Tuesday night. Junior Sydney Carfagno (Los Angles, Calif.) produced a match-high 14 kills for the Blue (18-2, 6-0 NEWMAC) to go along with seven digs, three blocks, and two aces. Senior Tatiana Berger (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) paced the Engineers’ (14-7, 4-2 NEWMAC) balanced attack with seven kills and added six digs and two aces.

October 5, 2013
Engineers Split Volleyball Tri-Match with Simmons and Bowdoin
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT defeated Simmons College, 25-20, 25-11, 16-25, 25-14, but fell to Bowdoin College, 20-25, 25-23, 25-13, 26-28, 15-13, in a non-conference women’s volleyball tri-match on Saturday. In the neutral site pairing, Bowdoin came from behind in the third set to sweep Simmons, 25-11, 25-14, 25-18.

October 1, 2013
MIT Battles Clark for 3-0 Volleyball Win
WORCESTER, Mass. - The MIT women's volleyball team emerged with a hard-fought 30-28, 25-19, 25-19 victory at Clark University on Tuesday night. Senior Tatiana Berger (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) paced the Engineers (13-5, 4-1 NEWMAC) with 16 kills and 11 digs to go along with two aces.

September 30, 2013
Berger Collects NEWMAC Accolades
BOSTON, Mass. – Senior Tatiana Berger (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) earned NEWMAC Volleyball Player of the Week accolades after propelling MIT to a trio of victories last week. She totaled 41 kills, a .359 hitting percentage, 18 digs, six blocks, and five aces as the Engineers swept all three of their opponents.

September 28, 2013
Women's Volleyball Sweeps Smith and Framingham State
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT women’s volleyball team blanked NEWMAC rival Smith College (25-9, 25-12, 25-19) and first-time opponent Framingham State University (25-18, 25-20, 25-16) in a home tri-match on Saturday afternoon. Earlier in the day, Smith battled Framingham State for a 22-25, 22-25, 25-16, 25-21, 15-11 victory.

September 24, 2013
Engineers Sweep Mount Holyoke, 3-0
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT women’s volleyball team battled Mount Holyoke College for a 25-23, 25-13, 25-22 New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) victory on Tuesday night. With the win, the Engineers improved to 10-5 on the year and 2-1 in league play while the Lyons dipped to 8-3 overall and 0-3 in the NEWMAC.

September 21, 2013
MIT Falls to Springfield, 3-0
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Behind the strength of a .446 hitting performance, the Springfield College women’s volleyball team defeated MIT, 25-17, 25-22, 25-17, in a NEWMAC match on Saturday afternoon. With three players in double-digits for kills, freshman Lauren Holt (Granby, Conn.) led the Pride (10-0, 2-0 NEWMAC) with 12 kills to go along with three blocks. Junior Jenny Astrachan (Austin, Texas) paced the Engineers (9-5, 1-1 NEWMAC) with 14 kills.

September 17, 2013
Women’s Volleyball Defeats WPI in Four Sets
WORCESTER, Mass. – In its first NEWMAC match of the season, the MIT women’s volleyball topped host WPI, 25-11, 25-7, 22-25, 25-12, on Tuesday night. With the win, the Engineers improved to 9-4 on the year and 1-0 in conference play.

September 14, 2013
Tech Finishes Fourth at MIT Invitational
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – With a 3-1 ledger, the MIT women’s volleyball team claimed fourth place at the annual MIT Women’s Volleyball Invitational on Saturday. The Engineers (8-4) fell to Endicott College, 28-26, 25-19, 25-19, in the opener but went on to sweep Bates College (25-16, 25-10, 25-13), Colby College (25-16, 25-18, 25-12), and Tufts University (25-21, 25-15, 25-17). Senior Kristine Bunker (Falmouth, Mass.) represented the Cardinal and Gray on the All-Tournament Team.

September 7, 2013
Engineers Battle at Vassar Invitational
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – Senior Nicole Gagnier (Atlanta, Ga.) earned All-Tournament Team honors as the MIT women's volleyball team compiled a 1-3 ledger at the Vassar College Invitational this past weekend. The Engineers (5-3) defeated SUNY Cortland (25-23, 25-22, 20-25, 21-25, 15-7) but fell to the host Brewers (19-25, 26-24, 25-23, 25-16), Stevens Institute of Technology (23-25, 23-25, 25-20, 25-18, 15-11), and NYU (25-15, 25-17, 25-21).

August 31, 2013
Women’s Volleyball Claims Regis Pride Invitational Crown
WESTON, Mass. – In its third appearance at the Regis College Pride Invitational, the MIT women’s volleyball team came away with its third straight title on Saturday afternoon. The Engineers (4-0) opened the weekend with a five-set thriller against Rivier University (25-23, 18-25, 21-25, 25-23, 15-13) and then fought off host Regis, 25-20, 25-20, 13-25, 25-17. On Saturday, MIT swept through the competition as it defeated Eastern Nazarene College (25-15, 25-9, 25-12) and Mount Ida College (25-5, 25-7, 25-21). Like last year, senior Tatiana Berger (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) was named the tournament MVP while classmate Kristine Bunker (Falmouth, Mass.) once again earned a spot on the all-tournament team.

August 23, 2013
MIT Tabbed for Third in NEWMAC Women's Volleyball Preseason Ranking
BOSTON, Mass. – In the inaugural New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Preseason Poll, reigning champion MIT received one first-place vote as it finished third among the league’s 11 teams. Springfield College, a 2012 semifinalist, claimed the top spot with seven first-place votes while tournament runner-up Wellesley College was second.

August 16, 2013
MIT Volleyball Receives AVCA Team Academic Award
LEXINGTON, Ky. – For the seventh year in a row, the MIT men’s and women’s volleyball teams qualified for the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award. Elmira College and Vassar College, fellow league foes for the men in the United Volleyball Conference, were the only other Division III double-honorees as Harvard and Stanford accomplished this feat at the Division I level and rounded out the contingent of men’s award winners.