Oct. 25, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Behind an Institute-record 22 aces, MIT went on to defeat host Babson College, 30-15, 30-9, 30-22, on Tuesday night. A total of 10 out of 12 servers picked up an ace, with Carrie Buchanan and Barden Cleeland leading the way with five apiece.
The Engineers (31-1, 8-0 NEWMAC) raced out to a 15-5 advantage before Babson called a timeout. The Beavers picked up the next point, but MIT countered with an 11-4 run. Babson capitalized on several miscues by the Engineers to close the gap to 26-14. Following an MIT timeout, the Engineers posted four of the next five points to close out the game.
In the second stanza, the Cardinal and Gray established a 10-6 lead before strong serving from Cleeland sparked a 10-0 run. Although the Beavers collected the next point, they could not stop MIT's momentum as it registered 10 of the last 12 points.
Babson slowly inched out to a 7-4 advantage in the final frame. The Engineers picked up four consecutive points while Katie Rowe was at the service line. The Beavers regained their last lead at 9-8 before MIT went on a 10-1 run to go ahead for good. With a 26-17 margin, Babson scored five unanswered points. Tech captured the ensuing point as a block and kill from Katrina Ellison and an ace by Buchanan closed the contest.
Rowe paced a balanced attack with 10 kills on 15-errorless attempts for a .667 hitting percentage to go along with a team-high four blocks. Ellison chipped in three blocks as Buchanan collected eight digs. Through two games, Amanda Morris tallied 21 assists and eight digs. Cassy Piela finished out the match with 11 assists for the Engineers.
The following day, Morris was chosen as the ECAC Women's Volleyball Division III New England Player of the Week after her performance against Wellesley College and at the Hall of Fame Tournament.