Women’s Volleyball Captures Pride Invitational Crown

Sophomore Megan Gebhard, freshman Alli Davanzo, and senior Nicole Gagnier
Sophomore Megan Gebhard, freshman Alli Davanzo, and senior Nicole Gagnier

WESTON, Mass. – In its fourth straight appearance at the Regis College Pride Invitational, the MIT women's volleyball team secured its fourth championship title on Saturday afternoon. The Engineers (4-0) opened the weekend by defeating Gordon College, 25-16, 25-16, 21-25, 25-21, and then swept Eastern Nazarene College (25-17, 25-9, 25-14) and the host Pride (25-20, 25-21, 25-16). MIT concluded the tournament by blanking Gordon, 25-9, 25-12, 25-15, in the finale. Sophomore Megan Gebhard (Howell, Mich.) was voted the Tournament MVP while freshman Alli Davanzo (St. Johns, Fla.) represented the Cardinal and Gray on the All-Tournament Team.

Gebhard paced MIT with 11 kills and generated a .364 hitting percentage against Gordon while Davanzo produced 10 kills, a .571 hitting performance, and two blocks in her intercollegiate debut. Fellow freshmen Lisette Tellez (Miami, Fla.) racked up 11 digs as Clare Farley (La Jolla, Calif.) earned two aces. Sophomore Jennie Glerum (Redmond, Wash.) registered eight digs, six kills, and three aces while senior Jenny Astrachan (Austin, Texas) bolstered the attack with six kills. Sophomore Tori Wuthrich (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.) chipped in six digs as senior Nicole Gagnier (Atlanta, Ga.) totaled 31 assists and seven digs.

In Friday's nightcap with Eastern Nazarene, Davanzo connected on all eight of her hitting attempts while senior Morgan Stewart (Powell, Ohio) posted eight kills on nine swings to go along with two aces. Gebhard tacked on seven kills as freshman Rachel Parus (Fraser, Mich.) served up four aces. Farley finished with six digs and four kills while Gagnier tallied 34 assists, five digs, and two aces. Wuthrich amassed 10 digs and three aces as Tellez notched eight digs and two aces.

Gebhard powered the front row with 11 kills, a .733 hitting percentage, and two blocks against Regis. Astrachan followed with nine kills while Davanzo totaled five kills, a .444 hitting effort, five aces, and two blocks. Stewart registered a match-high three blocks as Tellez led the squad with 10 digs. Farley generated six digs and four aces while Parus had five digs and two blocks. Glerum added four kills and two aces as Gagnier compiled 33 assists, nine digs, five kills, and two aces.

In a rematch of Friday's pool play meeting with Gordon, Gebhard once again led the way with nine kills on 10 attempts while Davanzo produced eight kills, a .571 hitting performance, and two blocks. Astrachan chipped in seven kills and a .636 hitting percentage as Glerum totaled eight digs and four kills. Farley amassed 15 digs and three aces while Wuthrich posted five digs and three aces. Freshman Angie Boggust (Maidstone, Saskatchewan): paced the front row with three blocks, followed by two from junior Meryl Gibbs (Bellaire, Texas). Gagnier rounded out the squad with 30 assists, five digs, and two blocks.

MIT continues tournament play next weekend when it travels to Vassar College. The Engineers will square off with SUNY New Paltz and the host Brewers on Friday, Sept. 5 before continuing action the next day against the College of Mount Saint Vincent and Ramapo College.