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

Alexis Groark
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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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