MIT Blanks Coast Guard, 3-0
Oct. 10, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT recorded a 30-28, 30-25, 30-14 win over host U.S. Coast Guard Academy to pick up its sixth consecutive sweep over a NEWMAC foe on Tuesday night. The Engineers (21-1, 6-0 NEWMAC) gave the Bears their first regular-season home conference loss in nearly four years, with the last defeat coming at the hands of MIT on October 21, 2003.
In the opening frame, Coast Guard established a 9-8 edge before the Engineers scored eight straight points. With MIT leading 18-10, the Bears went on an 8-1 run to cut their deficit to one. The Engineers countered by creating a three-point cushion that held at 29-26. Coast Guard picked up back-to-back points before MIT closed out the game.
The second stanza was knotted at 11 before the Engineers mounted a 10-4 run. The Bears slowly chipped away at the margin, eventually coming within three (26-23). MIT ended the late rally with several key blocks to seal the win.
The Engineers were too much to handle in the final game as they cruised to a 30-14 victory. As a team, Tech posted its best hitting performance of the night with a .343 percentage in the last game.
With 38 assists, Amanda Morris became the fourth player in MIT history to reach the 3,000-assist mark. Rose Zhong and Katie Rowe each notched nine kills while Zhong paced MIT with 12 digs. Katrina Ellison contributed eight kills as Jenny Li added seven kills and a team-high four aces. Barden Cleeland paced the blocking corps with nine blocks, followed by four from Rowe. Carrie Buchanan bolstered the back row's dig total with a tally of 10.