Nov. 8, 2008
By Springfield College Sports Information
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – MIT’s season came to an end following a 25-19, 25-22, 25-14 loss to Wellesley College in a semifinal match of the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women’s Volleyball Championship Tournament on Friday. The Engineers finished the year with a record of 21-16.
Trailing 8-6 in the opening stanza, Wellesley rattled off six straight points following an MIT attack error. The Engineers battled back to bring it within three (22-19) after a hitting miscue by the Blue, but a kills from Jessica Duff and Alice Cummings coupled with another MIT error wrapped up the set.
MIT had the lead for the majority of the second game, holding a 21-17 advantage after a solo stop from Barden Cleeland. Wellesley countered by tallying nine of the next 10 points to take the game, 25-22. Cummings had a pair of kills, while Duff had a trio, including set point.
The Blue carried the momentum into the final frame as Cummings’ accumulated eight kills and the squad registered a .727 team hitting performance. With the score tied at 13, Wellesley mounted a 12-1 run to seal the match.
Katrina Ellison finished with a team-best seven kills, a .538 hitting percentage, and 16 digs for the Engineers. Cleeland contributed six kills, four digs, and two blocks while Alex May added five kills. Jenny Li notched six kills and two blocks as Cathy Melnikow tallied 21 assists and five digs.
Jessica Duff led the way for Wellesley with a match-high 16 kills to go along with eight digs. Alice Cummings added 13 kills and seven digs for the Blue while Victoria Peng dished out 37 assists.