Oct. 15, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. - Frances Rogoz hit around an imposing pair of blockers to give the MIT women's volleyball team a 26-30, 16-30, 30-25, 30-19, 15-13 victory over Colby-Sawyer College, in what proved to be the championship match of its Family Weekend Quad Tournament on Saturday. The Engineers (22-5) also defeated Mount Ida College (30-11, 30-11, 30-10) and Emmanuel College (30-21, 30-18, 30-24) to clinch their second home tournament crown of the season. Tech was victorious for the first time in a five-game match as all of its losses have occurred in the fifth set.
Caroline Jordan earned Tournament MVP honors after finishing the day as the team's leader in kills (33) and points scored (44.5). She also posted one of her finest defensive performances of the season in the deciding match with seven total blocks and 16 digs. Briana Stephenson also represented MIT on the All-Tournament Team as she amassed 29 kills and 11 total blocks.
Colby-Sawyer looked the better of the two teams in the opening frame, registering a 30-26 victory behind four team blocks and tenacious back-row defense. Alexandra Huston-Carico led MIT's attack by scoring three times on six swings. The Engineers, who rallied late in the game, were unable to carry this momentum over into the second frame. The Chargers registered seven more blocks to hand MIT its most lopsided single-game defeat of the year (30-16).
Tech responded in the third game as its trio of seniors set the tone on defense to post a 30-25 win. Austin Zimmerman and Arlis Reynolds combined for 10 digs and Jordan tallied four total blocks and four digs of her own. Huston-Carico was also a force at the net, picking up three of her seven blocks for the match. Rogoz, Stephenson, and Huston-Carico each registered three kills as MIT was able to regain some fluidity in its attack.
The Engineers were able to generate some rhythm in the fourth set as Jordan went 7-for-14 without an error. Reynolds picked up 10 digs as MIT cruised to a 30-19 win. Rogoz chipped in three kills, a pair of blocks, and five of her career-high 16 digs. Lindsay Hunting scored twice from the service line and added three digs of her own.
Winning the coin toss and electing to receive, MIT took the first sideout of game five and Carrie Buchanan scored on an ace to give the Engineers a 3-1 lead. Hunting extended the margin to 6-3 on her turn at the service line as Stephenson and Zimmerman each scored on blocks. Tech led, 8-5, as the side change and Rogoz extended it to 10-5 by interrupting the Chargers' offense with deep float serves.
Colby-Sawyer narrowed the deficit to 11-9 on a pair of MIT hitting errors, forcing a timeout by the Engineers. The Chargers continued to rally and knot the game at 12. MIT recovered on Reynolds' serve to pick up a match point at 14-12. Colby-Sawyer called a timeout and came back to spoil the first attempt by cutting the margin to one point. On the ensuing possession, Rogoz's remarkable cut shot from Zimmerman (46 assists) clinched the win. Rogoz led the Engineers with four digs in the final game, while Reynolds three to finish with her fourth 30-dig performance of the season.
Earlier in the day, Amanda Morris led Tech's offense to a season-high .410 team hitting performance against Mount Ida, dishing out 33 assists on just 62 attempts. Jordan, Stephenson, and Ellen Sojka each scored seven times as Stephenson and Jordan were error-free in their attempts. Frances Rogoz led MIT's dominance from the service line as she recorded a team-high four aces. Lindsay Hunting and Jordan also helped the cause by contributing three aces apiece.
In the second match of the day, Morris picked up 32 assists in the sweep of Emmanuel, finishing the day with over 40% of her sets resulting in Engineer kills. Jordan (14 kills), Stephenson (10), and Rose Zhong (nine) were Morris' favorite targets. Reynolds led the way with 19 digs, with Morris and Jordan also reaching double-figures with 13 and 10, respectively.
Briana Stephenson, MIT
Amy Tarte, Colby-Sawyer College
Jessica Niebuhr, Colby-Sawyer College
Beth Ferreira, Emmanuel College
Jacquelyn Kenel, Mount Ida College
Tournament MVP: Caroline Jordan, MIT
1. MIT (3-0)
2. Colby-Sawyer College (2-1)
3. Emmanuel College (1-2)
4. Mount Ida College (0-3)
MIT 3, Mount Ida College 0 (30-11, 30-11, 30-10)
Colby-Sawyer College 3, Emmanuel College 0 (30-19, 30-19, 30-20)
MIT 3, Emmanuel College 0 (30-21, 30-18, 30-24)
Colby-Sawyer College 3, Mount Ida College 0 (30-18, 30-13, 30-20)
MIT 3, Colby-Sawyer College 2 (26-30, 16-30, 30-25, 30-19, 15-13)
Emmanuel College 3, Mount Ida College 1 (28-30, 30-26, 30-20, 30-26)