Women’s Volleyball Goes 1-1 on Day 2 of Spike It Up Classic

An action photo of Francesca Macchiavello, facing right, serving the ball

THE BASICS:

- Scores:
MIT 3, University of La Verne 1 (22-25, 25-21, 25-21, 25-23)
No. 10 Colorado College 3, MIT 1 (25-23, 25-22, 19-25, 25-19)

- Records: MIT (6-2), La Verne (3-5), Colorado College (7-1)

- Location: Colorado Springs, Colo. (Reid Arena)

- The Lead: The MIT women's volleyball team closed out the Spike It Up Classic on Saturday by defeating the University of La Verne, 22-25, 25-21, 25-21, 25-23, but fell to host and nationally-ranked No. 10 Colorado College, 25-23, 25-22, 19-25, 25-19. Junior Andie Maloney (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and first-year Lilly Edwards (Kansas City, Mo.) represented the Engineers on the All-Tournament Team.

HOW IT HAPPENED – MATCH ONE vs. La Verne:

- Set 1: It was a back-and-forth start to the opening set until kills by Edwards and senior Shea Landeene (Phoenix, Ariz.) gave MIT a 13-11 edge. La Verne generated an 11-5 run, but the Engineers narrowed the gap to 22-21 after a hitting error. The Leopards responded by winning four of the last five points to close out the set.

- Set 2: Trailing 6-3, MIT mounted a 16-5 run to go ahead for good. La Verne chipped away at the deficit, coming within three (24-21), but sophomore Hannah Grupe's (Oakwood, Ohio) kill thwarted the late rally.

- Set 3: The Leopards built a 10-5 advantage, but the Engineers put together an 11-2 run to reclaim the lead. La Verne stayed within striking distance, narrowing the gap to two on three occasions, the last at 23-21. MIT capitalized on a kill from sophomore Julia Caravias (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) and a hitting error to complete the come-from-behind victory.

- Set 4: The Engineers gradually established a 20-14 lead; however, the Leopards went on a 9-3 run. MIT ended the late surge courtesy of back-to-back kills by Edwards.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Edwards produced 15 kills and five blocks while senior Alexis Groark (Elwood, N.Y.) notched nine kills.

- Landeene recorded eight blocks and seven kills as junior Emily Condon (Orange, Calif.) bolstered the front row with four blocks.

- Senior Madison Lee (Hillsborough, Calif.) amassed 21 digs while Maloney tallied 36 assists, 14 digs, five blocks, and five kills.

HOW IT HAPPENED – MATCH TWO vs. Colorado College:

- Set 1: MIT built a 17-9 lead, but Colorado College went on a 15-5 run. A kill by Groark extended the frame, however, a kill from the Tigers clinched the set.

- Set 2: The Engineers gradually established an 18-12 advantage, but Colorado College responded with a 13-4 run to record another come-from-behind win.

- Set 3: MIT rattled off seven unanswered points, which resulted in a 16-8 lead. The Engineers maintained their cushion despite a late 5-1 burst by the Tigers and then secured the 25-19 win courtesy of a Groark kill.

- Set 4: A series of runs produced five ties and two lead changes during the first half of the set. Trailing 14-13, Colorado College scored seven straight points to go ahead for good. The Engineers cut their deficit in half (21-18), but the Tigers closed out the match with a 4-1 spurt.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Groark led all players with a career-high 18 kills while hitting .333.

- Edwards had 11 kills as Landeene posted 10 kills and a .444 hitting performance.

- First-year Sofie Kupiec (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) paced MIT with nine digs while junior Francesca Macchiavello (Lexington, Ky.) chipped in seven of her own.

- Maloney compiled 39 assists, eight digs, and three aces as Condon collected three blocks.

UP NEXT:

- MIT returns to action on Friday, Sept. 13 when it hosts the two-day MIT Invitational. The Engineers will kick things off with a 6:30 p.m. match against the Rochester Institute of Technology.

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