VB: Cougars Upended in 3-0 Setback to MIT

Photo: Frank Poulin
Photo: Frank Poulin

WORCESTER, Mass. – The Clark University volleyball team fell in straight-sets to MIT in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action at the Kneller Athletic Center on Tuesday Night.

The Basics

Score: Engineers 3, Cougars 0 (25-20, 25-14, 25-18)

Records: Clark University (5-16, 0-7 NEWMAC) | MIT (18-4, 6-1 NEWMAC)

How it Happened

Sophomore Marimo Oka (Fukuoka, Japan) came away with a match-high 12 digs for the Cougars while the tandem of Margarita Perez-Maza (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) and Mackenzie Hanna (Lamoine, Me.) led the team with nine assists apiece. The first-year duo of Claudia Rivera (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) and Cameron Gill (Shrewsbury, Mass.) paced the Cougars with six and five kills respectively, with MIT's Alyssa Unell leading the category on the night with 13.

Clark began its best set of the night with three unanswered points as a service ace from Perez-Maza and the first kill of the match from Rivera highlighted the effort. The teams battled closely early in the tilt with the Engineers rallying for four straight points via an ace and kill from Unell.

With a 16-13 deficit in the opening set, the Cougars manufactured their longest streak of the night with a kill from Hanna sparking five-straight points and swinging the lead to the host. But MIT had a response, winning nine of the remaining 11 points to take the set by a 25-20 score.

The Engineers came out of the gates strong in the second set with Alexis Groark tallying a pair of kills to give the team an early 5-0 lead. MIT put together four runs of three or more during the middle frame en route to a 25-15 set win and 2-0 lead in the match.

Clark and MIT battled throughout the third set with the Cougars able to take a 6-4 lead after an ace from Perez-Maza capped a brief rally. With a 12-10 deficit, Perez-Maza came up big again for the host, finding the floor for two of her three kills to pace a three-point streak.

Clark took the lead one more time at 16-15 with Rivera finishing off her last kill of the match, but the Engineers found their groove late in the set, recording seven straight points to win the match.

Up Next

Clark University head into a busy weekend with three matches on the horizon, starting Friday, October 18 when they take on Colby College in the first action of the Hall of Fame Tournament, hosted by Smith and Amherst College.