Women’s Volleyball Battles Emerson for Three-Set Victory on Senior Night

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THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 3, Emerson College 0 (28-26, 25-21, 25-22)

- Records: MIT (23-6, 7-2 NEWMAC); Emerson (17-7, 5-4 NEWMAC)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)

- The Lead: In a tightly contested NEWMAC women's volleyball match, MIT emerged with a 28-26, 25-21, 25-22 victory over Emerson College on Tuesday night.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Set 1: The opening frame was a back-and-forth affair as there were 15 ties and four lead changes. Back-to-back aces from senior Madison Lee (Hillsborough, Calif.) capped a five-point spurt and gave MIT a 23-21 edge. A kill by Grace Tepper coupled with a hitting error evened the set for Emerson. However, a kill by junior Andie Maloney (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) kicked off an exchange of points until kills by first-year Alyssa Unell (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and sophomore Julia Caravias (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) secured the 28-26 win.

- Set 2: An 8-0 run which featured three aces by Caroline Bond established a 10-3 advantage for the Lions. The Engineers battled back and eventually went up 17-14 after another Lee ace. A kill by Bond led to both teams trading points until 4-1 burst gave MIT a 23-19 lead. Emerson responded with kills from Tepper and Carolyn Vaimoso, however, a Maloney block followed by a kill from junior Emily Condon (Orange, Calif.) thwarted the late rally.

- Set 3: Trailing 8-6, a kill by Caravias sparked a 12-4 run which put the Engineers ahead for good. The Lions stayed within striking distance, eventually tying the score at 22 on a Bond kill. MIT countered with a pair of kills from senior Alexis Groark (Elwood, N.Y.) that sandwiched an Emerson setting error to clinch the win.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Groark collected a match-high 17 kills while Condon contributed eight of her own.

- Lee tallied 16 digs and five aces as Maloney posted 34 assists and eight digs.

- Junior Francesca Macchiavello (Lexington, Ky.) registered 14 digs while Unell and Caravias bolstered the defense with two blocks apiece.

- Tepper racked up 11 kills, eight digs, and two blocks for the Lions as Rebecca Polsky notched nine kills and two aces.

- Bond amassed 30 assists, 17 digs, and three aces while Anna Phillips recorded 13 digs and two aces.

- Vaimoso rounded out Emerson with 12 digs.

UP NEXT:

- Both squads wrap up NEWMAC regular season action on Saturday, Nov. 2. MIT will travel to WPI for a 12:00 p.m. match while Emerson will host Springfield College starting an hour later.

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