Women’s Volleyball Sweeps Wheaton to Remain Undefeated in NEWMAC Play

Andie Maloney
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THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 3, Wheaton College 0 (25-18, 25-14, 25-13)

- Records: MIT (14-3, 4-0 NEWMAC); Wheaton (11-7, 2-2 NEWMAC)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)

- The Lead: The MIT women's volleyball team improved to 14-3 on the year and 4-0 in NEWMAC action after defeating Wheaton College, 25-18, 25-14, 25-13, on Tuesday night. The Engineers' victory was fueled by a .422 hitting performance, including a .542 effort in the third set.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Set 1: After conceding the opening point, MIT raced out to a 16-5 advantage. Wheaton battled back, coming within 19-13 courtesy of a block by Haley McCreight and Emily Hickey. The Engineers responded with a kill by junior Andie Maloney (Manhattan Beach, Calif.), sparking a 6-2 spurt that resulted in set point. Back-to-back Casey Dinga kills along with a hitting error by MIT kept the Lyons alive. However, a kill from sophomore Hannah Grupe (Oakwood, Ohio) thwarted the late rally.

- Set 2: Wheaton inched out to a 7-5 lead, but the Engineers rattled off five unanswered points which fueled a 9-2 run. The Lyons stayed within striking distance as a block by Becca Houghton and McCreight narrowed the gap to 15-12. This was as close as it would get as MIT mounted a 10-2 set-ending run.

- Set 3: After a tight start that saw the Engineers hold a 10-8 edge, a Wheaton hitting error ignited a 15-5 run which helped MIT close out the match.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Senior Alexis Groark (Elwood, N.Y.) led all players with 11 kills, followed by 10 from first-year Alyssa Unell (Scottsdale, Ariz.).

- Junior Emily Condon (Orange, Calif.) generated eight kills and three blocks as Maloney tallied 37 assists and three aces.

- Senior Madison Lee (Hillsborough, Calif.) collected a match-high 11 digs while Grupe led the way with five blocks.

- Julia Palomba paced Wheaton with seven kills and added seven digs as Dinga finished with six kills.

- Houghton compiled 19 assists, five digs, three aces, and two blocks while Andra Hamilton registered nine digs.

- McCreight ended the night with three blocks.

UP NEXT:

- MIT returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 5 when it hosts NEWMAC rival Mount Holyoke College and Husson University at 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., respectively. Wheaton, meanwhile, will host NEWMAC foe Smith College and Roger Williams University at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00p.m.

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