Engineers Fight to Victory Over Clark

Engineers Fight to Victory Over Clark

THE BASICS

-Score: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 3, Clark University 0

-Records: Clark University (11-8, NEWMAC 4-4), MIT (20-1, NEWMAC 7-0)

-Location: Worcester, Mass. (Kneller Athletic Center)

-The Lead: The Clark University women's volleyball team and the Engineers of MIT battled in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Tuesday night. The Engineers came out on top with a 3-0 victory to extend their perfect record in the conference to 7-0.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Set One: MIT 25, Clark 18

-The Cougars took the first lead of the night as senior Marina Ramos (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) started off with a kill. The home team extended their lead to 4-2 following kills from first years Kendra Campbell (North Kingstown, R.I.) and Sophia Torino (Los Angeles, Calif.).

-MIT went on a 4-0 run to take their first lead of the game following a kill from Abby Bertics (La Jolla, Calif.) (6-4).

-The Cougars were able to tie the set up one more time at 7-7 with back to back kills from junior Ana Mercado (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) and Ramos, but this would be as close as they would get as the visitors went on to take the final 25-18 victory.

-Madison Lee (Hillsborough, Calif.) earned the game point for the Engineers on a service ace.

Set Two: MIT 25, Clark 22

-The visitors went on an early 4-0 run to start the set highlighted by kills from Lisette Tellez (Miami, Fla.) and Alli Davanzo (Saint Johns, Fla.) and a service ace from Carly Silvernale (Bellevue, Wash.) (4-0).

-The Cougars added a point off of a block from Ramos and Campbell, but MIT went on another 4-0 run to extend their lead to 8-1 with kills from Tellez and Davanzo again.

-Clark came alive with a 3-0 run of their own to close the visitor's lead to 8-4. Mercado and Ramos both posted kills in the rally.

-The Engineers never gave up their lead but the Cougars stayed closed behind and were able to tie it up 16-16 with a huge block from Mercado and junior Kacey Legare (Chicopee, Mass.).

-In the final plays of the set, Mercado was able to send home one more kill, but the Engineers pulled off the final 25-22 victory off of kills from Davanzo and Tellez.

Set Three: MIT 29, Clark 27

-In a hard fought third set the Cougars and Engineers battled it out to a 29-27 final won by the visitors for the final 3-0 victory on the night.

-MIT earned the first point of the third set on a kill from sophomore Shea Landeene (Phoenix, Ariz.). They did not lose their lead until the Cougars went on a 5-0 run highlighted by a kill from Ramos and a kill and two service aces from Mercado to take the 10-9 lead.

-The Cougars and Engineers traded points for the remainder of the set and a last chance 3-0 run from Clark that included kills from Campbell and Mercado tied the set at 24-24.

-The Cougars held on to trade four more points but a kill from Bertics and an error from the home team ultimately gave the Engineers the final 29-27 victory and the 3-0 final victory on the night.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

-Clark's Mercado led all players with a game high 14 kills to go along with two aces while Ramos checked in with 12 kills of her own.

-Torino led the Cougars with 28 assists while junior Rayme Quiban (Seattle, Wash.) led all players defensively with 21 total digs.

-Bertic led the visitors with 13 kills while Davanzo posted 11 kills in the victory.

-Freshman Andie Maloney (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) led all players with 34 total assists on the night.

-Silvernale posted a team high 17 digs while Tellez and Maloney notched 15 digs each.

UP NEXT

-Clark hosts Amherst College tomorrow night, Wednesday Oct. 11th, in non-conference action at 7:00 p.m.

-MIT hosts SUNY Oneota at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 14th.

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