No. 15 Women’s Volleyball Blanks Colby-Sawyer, 3-0

Alexis Groark
Courtesy of Gil Talbot


- Score: No. 15 MIT 3, Colby-Sawyer College 0 (25-19, 25-14, 25-18)

- Records: No. 15 MIT (12-0); Colby-Sawyer (3-9)

- Location: New London, N.H. (Dan and Kathleen Hogan Sports Center)

- The Lead: The nationally-ranked No. 15 MIT women's volleyball team improved to 12-0 on the season after defeating Colby-Sawyer College, 25-19, 25-14, 25-18, in a non-conference tilt on Tuesday night. The victory marked the Engineers' best start since they opened the 2011 campaign with 11 straight wins.


- Colby-Sawyer won the first five points of the match before going on to hold a 9-4 lead. A kill by senior Alli Davanzo (Saint Johns, Fla.) ignited a 13-2 run that put MIT in front, 17-11. A pair of hitting errors and aces narrowed the gap to two, prompting a timeout by the Engineers. After trading points, the visitors inched out to a 23-17 advantage courtesy of two Davanzo kills and an ace from sophomore Madison Lee (Hillsborough, Calif.). The Chargers picked up the next two points after their own timeout, but MIT capitalized on sophomore Alexis Groark's (Huntington, N.Y.) kill and a block by Davanzo and junior Abby Bertics (La Jolla, Calif.) to win the set.

- After conceding the first point of the second stanza, the Engineers raced out to a 19-7 lead en route to a 25-14 victory.

- Following a back-and-forth start to the third set, MIT established a 12-5 advantage on a Bertics kill. Colby-Sawyer trimmed the deficit to 13-8 but the Engineers went on to create a 23-13 margin. The Chargers recorded the next three points, however, senior Clare Farley's (La Jolla, Calif.) kill resulted in match point. A pair of MIT errors kept the Chargers alive but a kill from junior Christina Liao (Warren, N.J.) wrapped up the match.


- Bertics led all players with 14 kills, hit .414, and posted three blocks while Groark tallied a match-high 10 digs to go along with nine kills, a .471 hitting performance, and two aces. In two sets, Davanzo posted six kills, a .625 hitting percentage, and three blocks as sophomore Shea Landeene (Phoenix, Ariz.) bolstered the front row with three blocks. Liao rounded out the squad with 32 assists.


- MIT concludes its road trip with a tri-match on Saturday, Sept. 23. The Engineers will visit the U.S. Coast Guard Academy for a NEWMAC battle at 12:00 p.m., which will immediately be followed with a non-conference match versus Hunter College.


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