No. 22 Women’s Volleyball Blanks WPI in Regular-Season Finale

Clare Farley
Courtesy of DSPics.com

THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 22 MIT 3, WPI 0 (25-15, 25-21, 25-15)

- Records: No. 22 MIT (26-2, 10-0 NEWMAC); WPI (10-18, 1-9 NEWMAC)

- Location: Worcester, Mass. (Harrington Auditorium)

- The Lead: For the second year in a row, the nationally-ranked No. 22 MIT women's volleyball team went undefeated in NEWMAC play after it swept WPI, 25-15, 25-21, 25-15, on Saturday afternoon. This is the second time in program history MIT posted back-to-back perfect marks in conference play, the last time occurring during the 1988-90 seasons.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Trailing 5-4 in the opening set, a kill by senior Lisette Tellez (Miami, Fla.) sparked a 14-5 run that gave MIT an 18-10 lead. A pair of errors kept WPI close but MIT replied with a 7-3 spurt to close out the set.

- After a tight start to the second stanza, back-to-back kills from senior Alli Davanzo (Saint Johns, Fla.) along with a kill by junior Abby Bertics (La Jolla, Calif.) and a WPI hitting error gave MIT a 12-6 advantage. WPI narrowed the gap to 14-10 after an ace, however, MIT gradually built a 23-14 lead. WPI picked up the next three points but a kill from junior Carly Staub (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) gave MIT set point. WPI extended the frame by winning the next four points, closing the gap to 24-21 and forcing MIT to use a timeout. Once action resumed, sophomore Shea Landeene (Phoenix, Ariz.) generated a kill to thwart the late rally and secure a 25-21 victory.

- Following a back-and-forth start to the third set, MIT built a 9-4 lead. WPI countered with a 5-2 spurt, however, MIT picked up four of the next five points to create some breathing room. A pair of kills trimmed WPI's deficit to 15-12, but this was as close as it would get as MIT generated a 10-3 run to wrap up the match.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Bertics amassed a match-high 15 kills to go along with a .424 hitting performance. Davanzo tallied 10 kills, a .429 hitting percentage, and five blocks as Staub produced eight kills, a .438 hitting effort, and four blocks. Senior Clare Farley (La Jolla, Calif.) led all players with 15 digs, followed by 12 from junior Carly Silvernale (Bellevue, Wash.), 11 by sophomore Madison Lee (Hillsborough, Calif.), and nine by freshman Francesca Macchiavello (Lexington, Ky.). Tellez and Landeene both recorded four blocks while Tellez chipped in eight digs. Freshman Andie Maloney (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) rounded out the squad with 42 assists.

UP NEXT:

- As the top seed in the NEWMAC Tournament, MIT receives a bye for the quarterfinals and will host the semifinals and championship on Saturday, Nov. 4 and Sunday, Nov. 5. In its semifinal match slated for 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, the Engineers will face off with either No. 4 seed Wheaton College or No. 5 Clark University.

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