Sept. 26, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - In a battle of undefeated New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's volleyball teams, MIT's record remained intact as it posted a 30-26, 30-16, 30-15 victory over Springfield College on Tuesday night. The Engineers improved to 16-1 on the year and 4-0 in conference play while the Pride fell to 13-3 overall and 3-1 in the NEWMAC.
Despite Tech tallying the first two points of the opening game, Springfield powered to a 10-5 lead. Behind a pair of four-point runs, MIT overcame the deficit to take a 13-11 edge. Later on in the frame, the Engineers established a five-point margin (25-20), but the Pride battled back to come within one. Following an MIT timeout, the Engineers responded by posting five of the next seven points for the win.
MIT carried the momentum into the second stanza as it jumped out to an 8-3 lead. Springfield was able to close the gap to 11-7, but 10 unanswered points by the Engineers put the game out of reach for the visitors.
Like the previous game, Tech quickly established a 6-1 advantage. The Pride notched the next three points, but MIT extended its margin to 10-5. Springfield generated a four-point rally, however, the Engineers answered with a six-point run (16-9). Although the Pride narrowed its deficit to 19-13, solid serving by Rose Zhong helped propel Tech to a 28-13 lead in the final frame.
Amanda Morris paced MIT with 19 digs and 33 assists while Alex May and Carrie Buchanan contributed 16 and 15 digs, respectively. Barden Cleeland led the front row with 14 kills and three blocks as Frances Rogoz and May each chipped in nine kills. Zhong and Buchanan both tallied two aces for the Engineers.
Next up for MIT is the Tufts University Invitational this weekend while Springfield resumes action on October 3 when it travels to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.