Sept. 1, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the seventh year in a row, the MIT women’s volleyball team kicked off its season by winning the Gordon College Invitational. The Engineers defeated the host Fighting Scots (25-17, 19-25, 23-25, 25-17, 15-13), Keene State College (25-13, 19-25, 25-21, 25-15), and Endicott College (25-22, 25-16, 25-19) to begin their campaign with a 3-0 ledger. Alex May was selected the Tournament MVP while Lindsay Hunting was named to the All-Tournament Team.
In Tech’s five-set thriller with Gordon, Kelly Schulte tallied 14 digs, 13 kills, four aces, and four blocks. May posted 18 kills and 11 digs as Hunting contributed 14 digs. Jenny Li and Katrina Ellison bolstered MIT’s attack with eight and six kills, respectively. Cathy Melnikow finished with 34 assists, seven digs, four aces, and three blocks.
Schulte once again powered the Engineers’ front row with 15 kills to go along with nine digs. May compiled 16 digs and seven kills as Ellison and Barden Cleeland each added four kills and three blocks. Melnikow registered 23 assists and five aces while Hunting notched 12 digs and three aces. Li bolstered the Cardinal and Gray’s defense with five blocks.
May had a solid outing against Endicott, picking up 12 kills, 10 digs, and three aces as Li recorded 10 kills, including a .500 hitting percentage, and four blocks. Hunting racked up 17 digs while Allison Hamilos posted seven digs, six kills, and three aces. Melnikow tallied 30 assists, eight digs, and three aces as Cleeland rounded out the front row with seven kills and three blocks.