No. 14 Engineers Blank Mount Holyoke and Keene State

Andie Maloney and Alli Davanzo
Courtesy of DSPics.com

THE BASICS:

- Scores:

No. 14 MIT 3, Mount Holyoke College 0 (25-21, 25-10, 25-8)

No. 14 MIT 3, Keene State College 0 (25-17, 25-15, 25-19)

- Records: MIT (17-1, 5-0 NEWMAC); Mount Holyoke (5-6, 1-5 NEWMAC); Keene State (15-2)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)

- The Lead: Nationally-ranked No. 14 MIT defeated NEWMAC rival Mount Holyoke College, 25-21, 25-10, 25-8, and Keene State College, 25-17, 25-15, 25-19, in a pair of women's volleyball matches on Saturday afternoon.

HOW IT HAPPENED – MATCH ONE vs. Mount Holyoke:

- After a back-and-forth start to the opening set, MIT rattled off six straight points to create a 16-11 lead. Mount Holyoke battled back, tying the set at 19 after a hitting error by the Engineers. A blocking error along with a kill from junior Abby Bertics (La Jolla, Calif.) gave MIT a small cushion but a hitting error set off an exchange of points that saw Sasha Simine's kill bring the Lyons within 22-21. The hosts capitalized on a Bertics kill, a Mount Holyoke hitting error, and a kill from sophomore Alexis Groark (Huntington, N.Y.) to win the set.

- MIT raced out to an 8-1 advantage in the second stanza, however, the Lyons trimmed their deficit to 10-5 courtesy of a kill by Jamesa Allen. The Engineers responded by going on a 14-4 run as back-to-back aces from freshman Francesca Macchiavello (Lexington, Ky.) gave them set point. Another kill by Allen extended the frame but a hitting error clinched the victory.

- MIT recorded the first four points of the third set and never looked back as it captured a 25-8 victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Groark led all players with 12 kills while Bertics totaled 10 kills, a .529 hitting performance, and four aces. Senior Alli Davanzo (Saint Johns, Fla.) posted seven kills and a .500 hitting effort as junior Carly Silvernale (Bellevue, Wash.) collected 15 digs. Macchiavello and sophomore Madison Lee (Hillsborough, Calif.) both earned three aces while junior Christina Liao (Warren, N.J.) registered 34 assists and six digs.

- Allen powered Mount Holyoke with nine kills as Cameron Graham racked up a match-high 17 digs. Brayden Walden generated 14 assists and eight digs while Simine and Sarah Caggiano notched three and two blocks, respectively.

HOW IT HAPPENED – MATCH TWO vs. Keene State:

- Tied at 12 in the first set, MIT recorded six straight points to establish a small cushion. A trio of kills by Rachel Lamica cut Keene State's deficit in half but the Engineers scored seven of the next nine points to claim a 25-17 victory. Davanzo posted four kills during that span, including the final two points of the set.

- The early stages of the second frame were closely played until MIT gradually built a 20-12 advantage after an ace by senior Clare Farley (La Jolla, Calif.). A Megan Palmer kill was followed by a block from Olivia Mathieu and Niamh Dodd, however, the Owls could not overcome the deficit as the Engineers went on to win 25-15.

- Following seven ties and four lead changes, a hitting error coupled with a kill by junior Carly Staub (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) put MIT in front, 18-16, in the third set. Coming out of a Keene State timeout, Lamica generated a kill which resulted in both sides trading points and eventually moving the score to 19-18. The Engineers responded with a 6-1 spurt to close out the match.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Staub and Davanzo both posted nine kills while Staub added a match-high five blocks. Bertics notched eight kills and three blocks as Groark tallied six kills, five digs, and three blocks. Freshman Andie Maloney (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) produced 33 assists, eight digs, and three blocks while Farley finished with eight digs and four aces. Silvernale rounded out the squad with a match-high 14 digs.

- Lamica led all players with 16 kills and chipped in two aces as Palmer contributed eight kills and two aces. Bailey Wilson totaled 26 assists and two aces while Riley Bunker collected 11 digs. Dodd powered the front row with four blocks.

UP NEXT:

- MIT visits NEWMAC foe Babson College on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 6:00 p.m. while an hour later Mount Holyoke will be taking the court at Anna Maria College. Keene State returns to action the following day when it hosts Emmanuel College at 7:00 p.m.

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