MIT Opens Season with Two Sweeps at Mustang Tournament

Carly Silvernale
Courtesy of Sam Nipatnantaporn

THE BASICS:

- Score:

MIT 3, Alfred State College 0 (25-5, 25-11, 25-14)

MIT 3, Keystone College 0 (25-14, 29-27, 25-18)

- Records: MIT (2-0); Alfred State (0-3); Keystone (1-1)

- Location: Morrisville, N.Y. (Morrisville – Eaton High School)

- The Lead: For the second time in three years the MIT women's volleyball team kicked off its season by sweeping its opening matches at the Morrisville State College Mustang Tournament on Saturday evening. In the first meeting between both programs, the Engineers overpowered Alfred State College before battling Keystone College for a three-set victory.

HOW IT HAPPENED – MATCH ONE vs. Alfred State:

- After conceding the first point of the match, MIT went on an 8-1 run en route to a 25-5 win.

- The Engineers jumped out to a 10-2 advantage in the second frame and never looked back as it cruised to a 25-11 victory.

- MIT quickly established an 8-2 lead in the third set, however, Alfred State battled back, closing the gap to 9-8. The Engineers responded with four straight points but the Pioneers countered with their own four-point spurt. This was as close as it would get as MIT generated a 12-2 run to wrap up the match.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Sophomore Alexis Groark (Huntington, N.Y.) led all players with 11 kills and hit .667 percent while junior Abby Bertics (La Jolla, Calif.) tallied nine kills on 12-errorless attempts for a .750 hitting performance. Junior Christina Liao (Warren, N.J.) and freshman Andie Maloney (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) dished out 21 and 11 assists respectively while Liao added two blocks. Sophomore Madison Lee (Hillsborough, Calif.) racked up six aces to go along with five digs as senior Clare Farley (La Jolla, Calif.) posted nine digs and three aces. Junior Carly Silvernale (Bellevue, Wash.) bolstered the back row with eight digs while sophomore Shea Landeene (Phoenix, Ariz.) finished with a match-high three blocks.

HOW IT HAPPENED – MATCH TWO vs. Keystone:

- After a back-and-forth start to the match, kills by Bertics and junior Carly Staub (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) along with a Keystone hitting error gave MIT an 11-8 edge. The Giants stayed within striking distance as they came within one point on two occasions, the last at 14-13. Keystone would not get any closer as the Engineers went on to capture the 25-14 win.

- MIT gradually built an 18-9 advantage in the second stanza, but Keystone chipped away at the deficit and then went in front, 24-23, on a hitting error by the Engineers. An exchange of points followed until back-to-back kills by Groark gave MIT a 27-26 edge. The Giants picked up the next point; however, a pair of errors gave the Cardinal and Gray a 29-27 victory.

- In the third set, MIT inched out to a 9-4 lead which grew to 18-11 after a block by senior Alli Davanzo (Saint Johns, Fla.). Despite the deficit Keystone continued to attack, closing the gap to 22-18. The Engineers thwarted the late rally by capitalizing on a Groark kill and two hitting errors by the Giants.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS – MATCH TWO vs. Keystone:

- Senior Lisette Tellez (Miami, Fla.) powered MIT with 13 kills, a .355 hitting effort, and eight digs as Davanzo registered seven kills and a match-high six blocks. Groark chipped in seven kills while Silvernale racked up 17 digs. Maloney distributed 24 assists, followed by 11 from Liao as Farley earned three aces.

UP NEXT:

- MIT returns to action on Sunday, September 3 with two more matches to close out the Mustang Invitational. The Engineers will take on Penn State – Behrend at 1:00 p.m. followed by SUNY Oswego at 5:00 p.m.

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