Top Seeds Fall In NEWMAC Tournament Semifinals

Nov. 4, 2005

CAMBRIDGE, MASS. - No. 4 Smith College stunned host and No. 1 seed MIT by posting a 30-25, 30-27, 30-27 victory in the first semifinal match of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference Championship (NEWMAC) Tournament on Friday. Later on, No. 3 U.S. Coast Guard Academy outlasted No. 2 Springfield College, 30-28, 17-30, 32-30, 28-30, 15-11. Smith advances to the championship match for the first time in conference history while Coast Guard is making its second consecutive appearance. MIT will host the title match on Saturday, Nov. 5, which is slated to start at 4:00 p.m.

Smith's defense served as a catalyst in its upset over MIT, as the Pioneers (22-6) overcame a 27-19 deficit in the pivotal second game, scoring 11 unanswered points. Kate Sorenson recorded a match-high 27 digs while tallying 10 kills and three blocks. Catherine Shafer also notched a double-double with 20 digs and 10 kills. Sammy Lyon and Sara Hoffman each contributed three blocks as Megumi Sasaki totaled two aces. Lauren Perry distributed 24 assists and posted four aces.

Frances Rogoz paced the Engineers (28-8) with 20 kills and added 11 digs and four assisted blocks. Caroline Jordan totaled 12 kills, one solo and five assisted blocks. Briana Stephenson bolstered the front-line's efforts with nine kills while Alexandra Huston-Carico recorded one solo and two assisted blocks. Arlis Reynolds collected a team-high 20 digs as Carrie Buchanan notched 15 of her own. Austin Zimmerman distributed 41 assists in the loss.

The second semifinal match saw many momentum shifts throughout each game. Nicole Gurr and Corinne McCormack led Coast Guard (23-4) with 18 kills apiece. McCormack added a team-high 19 digs and seven assisted blocks while Gurr amassed 12 digs and six assisted blocks. Christine Rostowfske had a solid effort for the Bears, finishing with 42 assists and three aces.

Ashley Reves paced the Pride (26-8) with 19 kills while Mary Kathryn O'Neil posted 16 kills. Leah Hettrick collected a match-high 46 digs and Rachel Witte led the blocking corps with two solo and four assisted blocks. Alesia Vaccari dished out 57 assists as Caitlin Mulroy posted six aces from the service line.