Sept. 4, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - For the fifth year in a row, the MIT women's volleyball team opened its season by winning the Gordon College Tournament. The Engineers started play on Saturday by sweeping the host Fighting Scots, 30-24, 30-20, 30-20, and then defeated Messiah College, 30-21, 30-27, 27-30, 30-13. Tech ended the day with a 30-17, 30-25, 30-22, victory over Johnson & Wales University. Frances Rogoz was selected the Tournament MVP while Amanda Morris was tabbed for All-Tournament Team accolades for the first time in her career.
Rogoz recorded a team-high 15 kills by hitting .324 and added seven digs against Gordon. Alexandra Huston-Carico also reached double-figures in kills with 11 to go along with a .417 hitting percentage and three assisted blocks. In two games, Briana Stephenson, Barden Cleeland, and Alex May each totaled five kills while Cleeland contributed three assisted blocks. Carrie Buchanan collected 15 digs from the back row while Morris notched 41 assists, nine digs, and three aces.
Cleeland had a solid outing versus Messiah, finishing with 13 kills on a .667 hitting percentage, and team-highs in blocks (one solo, five assisted) and aces (four). Morris nearly recorded a triple-double as she totaled 43 assists, 15 digs, and seven kills to go along with three assisted blocks. Rogoz led MIT's offense with 14 kills while Stephenson added 11. Buchanan tallied a team-best 19 digs as Rose Zhong posted 10 digs and two aces.
In the championship match, May paced the Engineers with 10 kills and 10 digs. Cleeland totaled nine kills and four assisted blocks as Rogoz registered eight kills. Zhong notched six aces while Buchanan posted seven digs. Morris distributed 30 assists to go along with three aces. Lindsay Hunting contributed two aces in one game against the Wildcats.