Women's Volleyball Defeats Clark to Capture Fifth NEWMAC Championship

Women's Volleyball Defeats Clark to Capture Fifth NEWMAC Championship

THE BASICS:

 - Score: MIT 3, Clark University 1, (25-14, 17-25, 25-16, 25-17)

 - Records: MIT (28-4); Clark (23-8)

 - Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)

 - The Lead: Top-seeded MIT defeated No. 3 Clark University, 25-14, 17-25, 25-16, 25-17, to capture its fifth NEWMAC Women's Volleyball Championship on Sunday afternoon. With the win, the Engineers will be making their 18th appearance in the upcoming NCAA Tournament.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- MIT senior Megan Gebhard (Howell, Mich.) produced a match-high 20 kills, helping her earn tournament Most Outstanding Player honors. Sophomore Abby Bertics (La Jolla, Calif.) contributed 11 kills as junior Alli Davanzo (St. Johns, Fla.) posted nine kills and four blocks.

- Senior Tori Wuthrich (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.) led all players with 26 digs, followed by 15 from junior Lisette Tellez (Miami, Fla.). Senior Jennie Glerum (Redmond, Wash.) chipped in 12 digs and four aces while sophomore Christina Liao (Warren, N.J.) rounded out the Engineers with 47 assists, nine digs, and four blocks.

- Ana Mercado powered Clark's attack with 16 kills as Marina Ramos recorded a double-double on 12 kills and 15 digs. Mia Cattaneo collected a team-high 22 digs while Savannah Sanford notched 18 of her own. Rachel Webb finished with 37 assists, 11 digs, and two blocks.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- MIT jumped out to a 6-2 lead but Clark closed the gap to 8-7 after a ball-handling error by the hosts. The Engineers responded with a kill by junior Clare Farley (La Jolla, Calif.), sparking an 11-5 run that helped them capture the 25-14 win.

- In the second set, the Cougars established a 6-2 lead; however, MIT battled back to tie the score at 10 courtesy of a kill by Tellez. Clark countered with an 11-5 run to regain control of the set and claim a 25-17 victory.

- The Engineers gradually established a 17-9 advantage in the third set and maintained a comfortable cushion down the stretch en route to the 25-16 victory.

- The final frame was a back-and-forth affair as there were seven ties and two lead changes. Knotted at 13, MIT put together an 8-2 run that was capped by a Gebhard kill. Strikes from Jacqueline Jimenez-Maldonado and Ramos trimmed the deficit to 21-17; however, Gebhard generated the final four kills to clinch the title.

UP NEXT:

- MIT will learn about the location and its opponent in the upcoming NCAA Tournament during the selection show on Monday at 12:30 p.m. on NCAA.com.

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