Volleyball Falls at No. 21 MIT

Volleyball Falls at No. 21 MIT

THE BASICS

-Score MIT 3, Clark University 0

-Records: Clark (9-9, NEWMAC 1-6), MIT (17-2, NEWMAC 6-1)

-Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)

-The Lead: After a tight battle in the opening frame, the nationally-ranked No. 21 MIT women's volleyball team went on to defeat Clark University, 25-21, 25-9, 25-19, in NEWMAC action on Tuesday night.

HOW IT HAPPENED

-The first set was a back-and-forth affair as there were 12 ties and five lead changes. Freshman Hannah Grupe's (Oakwood, Ohio) kill in addition to an assisted block with junior Shea Landeene (Phoenix, Ariz.) gave MIT a 22-20 edge. Senior Ana Patricia Mercado (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) cut the deficit in half with a kill, however, the Engineers replied with another Grupe-Landeene block and an Abby Bertics (La Jolla, Calif.) kill to reach set point. MIT then capitalized on a hitting error to secure the win.

-The Engineers jumped out to a 7-2 lead at the beginning of set two, but the Cougars narrowed the gap to 9-6. This was as close as it would get as a kill by junior Alexis Groark (Elwood, N.Y.) ignited a 16-3 set-ending run.

-MIT gradually built a 17-9 advantage in the third set after a kill by Bertics. An exchange of points followed, with a Bertics kill giving the hosts match point at 24-14. A trio of kills from freshman Caitlin Leggett (Durham, N.C.) along with a pair of hitting errors extended the frame for Clark and prompted a timeout by the Engineers. Once action resumed, MIT stopped the late rally courtesy of another kill from Bertics.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

-Mercado led Clark with 10 kills and junior Corina Picon (Irvington, N.Y.) added seven. Senior Rayme Quiban (Seattle, Wash.) posted a team high 12 digs while senior Rachel Webb (Celina, Texas) dished out 20 assists.

-Bertics led MIT with a game high 28 kills. Groark and Landeene added nine and eight kills respectively. Carly Silvernale (Bellevue, Wash.) posted game highs in digs (15) and service aces (3). Christina Liao (Warren, N.J.) added a game high 48 assists.

UP NEXT

-Clark hosts SUNY Geneseo on Friday, October 12th at 6:00 p.m. They will remember those affected by Hurricane Maria in their 2018 game for a cause – "A Year After Maria".

-MIT hosts King's (Penn.) in the MIT Quad Tournament on Friday, October 12th at 6:00 p.m.