Women’s Volleyball Captures Mustang Tournament Title

Team photo from Morrisville State College Mustang Tournament

THE BASICS:

- Score:

MIT 3, Penn State – Behrend 0 (25-12, 25-21, 25-16)

MIT 3, SUNY Oswego 0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-21)

- Records: MIT (4-0); Penn State – Behrend (0-2); SUNY Oswego (1-1)

- Location: Morrisville, N.Y. (Morrisville – Eaton High School)

- The Lead: The MIT women's volleyball team swept its way to the Morrisville State College Mustang Tournament title as it blanked first-time opponents Penn State – Behrend (25-12, 25-21, 25-16) and SUNY Oswego (25-15, 25-16, 25-21) on Sunday afternoon. Senior Lisette Tellez (Miami, Fla.) was named the Tournament MVP while junior Abby Bertics (La Jolla, Calif.) secured a spot on the All-Tournament Team.

HOW IT HAPPENED – MATCH ONE vs. Penn State – Behrend:

- Knotted at eight, MIT mounted a 17-4 run to capture the opening set.

- The Engineers jumped out to a 7-1 advantage in the second stanza but Penn State – Behrend narrowed the gap to 9-7. MIT countered with a 10-4 run to create some breathing room before eventually reaching set point at 24-18 on a kill by freshman Emily Condon (Orange, Calif.). The Lions capitalized on a block, a hitting error, and an ace to extend the frame; however, a kill by sophomore Veronica Ripper (Brighton, Mich.) after MIT's own timeout thwarted the comeback attempt.

- Penn State – Behrend built a 6-3 lead in the third set but the Engineers gradually put together a 13-3 run to go ahead for good. An exchange of points followed until MIT outscored the Lions, 6-3, to close out the match.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Bertics generated a match-high 16 kills and hit .700 while sophomore Shea Landeene (Phoenix, Ariz.) posted seven kills and a .455 hitting effort. Senior Alli Davanzo (Saint Johns, Fla.) tallied six kills, a .750 hitting performance, and two aces as junior Carly Silvernale (Bellevue, Wash.) registered 15 digs and three aces. Freshman Andie Maloney (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) dished out 20 assists followed by 17 from junior Christina Liao (Warren, N.J.).

HOW IT HAPPENED – MATCH TWO vs. SUNY Oswego:

- MIT created a 7-3 lead in the first set but a kill and a block cut Oswego's deficit in half. The Engineers replied with a 12-6 run which propelled them to a 25-15 victory.

- In the second set, the Cardinal and Gray slowly established a 20-10 advantage after a hitting error by the Lakers. Oswego put together a 6-2 spurt but it would not be enough as kills by Bertics sandwiched a Maloney strike to end the set.

- The third frame was closely played as there were seven ties and three lead changes. Deadlocked at 17, MIT went on a 7-3 run with sophomore Alexis Groark (Huntington, N.Y.) providing three kills. A blocking error kept the Lakers alive but a kill by Tellez clinched the match.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Bertics once again led all players with 13 kills and had a .600 hitting performance while Tellez notched nine digs and seven kills. Davanzo totaled eight kills, four blocks, and two aces as Maloney recorded 35 assists, eight digs, and six kills on nine-errorless attempts. Sophomore Madison Lee (Hillsborough, Calif.) and Silvernale both collected nine digs while junior Carly Staub (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) bolstered the defense with three blocks.

UP NEXT:

- MIT concludes its road trip on Wednesday, Sept. 6 with a visit to Gordon College. First serve is slated for 6:00 p.m.

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