Oct. 31, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The MIT women's volleyball team earned its first New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference regular-season title on Saturday after defeating the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 30-15, 22-30, 30-20, 34-32. The Engineers (27-7) received the No. 1 seed for this week's championship tournament after finishing the year with a 9-0 ledger in NEWMAC action, marking their first undefeated conference record since 1993.
Tech saw four players reach double-figures in kills and digs. Briana Stephenson paced MIT with 14 kills with a team-best hitting performance of .303. Caroline Jordan was right behind her with 13 kills and added a pair of solo and assisted blocks. Rose Zhong posted 12 kills as Frances Rogoz notched 10. Rogoz also tallied a team-high four aces along with 12 digs and two assisted blocks. Arlis Reynolds collected 23 digs while Carrie Buchanan finished with 16 of her own. Austin Zimmerman distributed 45 assists and totaled a season-high 20 digs.
On Tuesday, MIT willhost No. 8 Worcester Polytechnic Institute at 7:00 p.m. in a quarterfinal match of the NEWMAC Championship Tournament. Earlier this season, MIT recorded a 30-14, 30-17, 30-10 victory over WPI. Stephensontallied a team-high 12 kills in the win.Jordan contributed 10 kills to Tech's attack and posted two solo and four assisted blocks. Amanda Morris dished out 34 assists, leading MIT to a .346 team hitting performance, and added four assisted blocks.Reynolds led all defenders with 14 digs while Morris andBuchanan each added eight. Ellen Sojka led the Engineers with four aces as Tech continued to be aggressive and successful from the service line, scoring 11 times against just seven errors.