Women’s Volleyball Sweeps Williams, Falls to No. 13 Tufts on Final Day of the New England Challenge

An action photo of Alexis Groark, facing forward, attacking the ball at the net, with the ball getting past two blockers
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THE BASICS:

- Scores:
MIT 3, Williams College 0 (25-16, 25-19, 25-10)
No. 13 Tufts University 3, MIT 1 (18-25, 25-12, 25-19, 25-19)

- Records: MIT (20-5); Williams (11-7); No. 13 Tufts (19-1)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)

- The Lead: The MIT women's volleyball team closed out the New England Challenge by sweeping Williams College (25-16, 25-19, 25-10) before falling to No. 13 Tufts University (18-25, 25-12, 25-19, 25-19) on Saturday. Senior Alexis Groark (Elwood, N.Y.) represented the Engineers on the All-Tournament Team while the program recorded its 27th consecutive 20-win season.

HOW IT HAPPENED – MATCH ONE vs. Williams:

- Set 1: MIT built a 9-3 lead, but Williams narrowed the gap to 13-12 after a kill by Kiley Wallace. The Engineers replied with a kill from junior Emily Condon (Orange, Calif.), which sparked a 12-4 set-ending run.

- Set 2: MIT won seven of the first eight points and maintained a small cushion until three straight aces by junior Andie Maloney (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) gave the Engineers an 18-11 lead. The Ephs battled back, closing the gap to 22-19 on an Allison Frison ace. MIT responded with kills by first-year Alyssa Unell (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and Maloney in addition to an ace from first-year Sofie Kupiec (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) to close out the set.

- Set 3: The Engineers scored the first six points of the set and never looked back as they cruised to a 25-10 win.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Groark led all players with 11 kills while Condon contributed six of her own.

- Maloney totaled 30 assists, 10 digs, and a career-high five aces as senior Madison Lee (Hillsborough, Calif.) collected a match-high 15 digs.

- Kupiec, junior Francesca Macchiavello (Lexington, Ky.), and sophomore Maggie Wang (Rockville, Md.) each posted seven digs while Kupiec added three aces.

HOW IT HAPPENED – MATCH TWO vs. No. 13 Tufts:

- Set 1: Tufts built a 7-3 lead which moved to 16-11 after a serving error. A kill by Groark ignited a 14-2 run as her ninth strike of the frame clinched the come-from-behind win. During the set-ending run, Lee served 10 consecutive points for MIT.

- Set 2: After a tight start to the set, the Jumbos put together a 14-3 run which resulted in a 19-7 advantage, before going on to register a 25-12 victory.

- Set 3: Knotted at eight, Tufts generated a 5-2 spurt and then maintained its small lead down the stretch, as a serving error gave it a 25-19 win.

- Set 4: Tied at eight, a block by Anna Nachmanoff and Heather Holtz sparked a 13-5 run by the Jumbos. The Engineers quickly cut their deficit in half as a Macchiavello ace narrowed the gap to 21-17. Tufts picked up the next three points, however, a kill by Unell along with a block by Condon and Maloney extended the match. The Jumbos countered with a kill by Jennifer Ryan to thwart the late rally and secure the victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Groark led all players with a career-high 25 kills while hitting .356 and posting two blocks.

- Maloney notched 36 assists and two blocks as Kupiec and Lee produced 14 and 10 digs, respectively.

UP NEXT:

- MIT returns to NEWMAC action on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 7:00 p.m. when it travels to Wellesley College.

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