Sept. 17, 2007
Clark University Sports Information Office
WORCESTER, Mass. - Behind a career-high 19 kills and a .594 hitting percentage from Katie Rowe, MIT went on to defeat Clark University, 30-15, 30-25, 30-23, in a NEWMAC women's volleyball match on Saturday. With the win, the Engineers improved to 8-1 overall and 2-0 in conference play while the Cougars dropped to 2-5 on the year and 0-2 in the NEWMAC.
MIT built an early 6-0 lead on six straight service points from Carrie Buchanan in the opening frame. Clark cut its deficit in half by capitalizing on hitting errors by the Engineers. This was as close as it would get as a pair of consecutive kills from Rose Zhong and Amanda Morris gave MIT its largest lead of the game (23-10).
In the second stanza, the Cougars established their first lead of the day (8-7) on a block by Kylie Kutney and Karleen Porcena. The Engineers responded with a 10-2 run, but Sarah Hunsucker's kill and a service ace from Kutney brought the Cougars within four (17-13). Clark made it a one-point game (23-22) behind Brittany Meadows' ace and Porcena's hit, but MIT thwarted the late rally.
The Cougars held a pair of four-point leads, highlighted by Kate Head's solo-block for a 6-2 edge and later a spike from Hunsucker for a 12-8 advantage. However, MIT pulled ahead late in the game for a 30-23 victory.
Porcena and Hunsucker led Clark with six and five kills respectively. Liz Magier also had a strong match with four kills and nine digs. Emily Visone added 18 digs, while Kutney chipped in with 14 assists and eight digs.
Zhong recorded her fifth double-double of the season on 11 digs and 10 kills to go along with a team-high five aces, while Buchanan tallied 14 digs and four aces. Katrina Ellison paced the blocking corps with four stops as Rowe notched three blocks. Morris and Cassy Piela shared setting duties, finishing with 23 and 14 assists, respectively.