Sports Shorts

Arumugam Earns Second Straight NEWMAC Weekly Honor

After leading the MIT men’s cross country team to a fourth-place finish at the Codfish Bowl last weekend, Hemagiri Arumugam ’10 was named the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Runner of the Week. It was the second consecutive week that the MIT senior has received this honor and fifth time overall.

Arumugam completed the eight-kilometer course in 25:27.5, good for an impressive fourth-place showing, the best among all Collegiate harriers in the meet. The Cardinal and Grey was the top Division III squad in the meet as well.

—Greg McKeever, DAPER Staff

Volleyball Beats Coast Guard in Thrilling Five Set Match

Barden E. Cleeland ’10 had 15 kills and eight blocks while teammate Alexandra T. May ’10 had 12 kills and 13 digs as MIT ended Coast Guard’s home winning streak at 25 and handed the Bears their first loss of the season in a five game thriller, 3-2 (14-25, 25-21, 25-22, 19-25, 15-13) in the battle of New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) unbeatens. Jennifer Li ‘11 added 12 kills for the Engineers (12-4, 4-0), Katie K. Spielbauer ’13 had 12 digs while Katrina M. Ellison ’10 and Alyssa L. Rothman ’13, who had 50 assists, each added eight digs for MIT.

The Bears jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the first game and MIT would get as close as three, at 9-6, before Coast Guard scored seven of the next nine points for a 15-8 advantage and won 25-14.

Coast Guard (11-1, 3-1) led game two, 13-12 before MIT took the lead for good scoring four straight for a 16-13 edge and went on to win 25-21.

The Engineers start quickly in game three with a 10-2 lead before Coast Guard chipped away and eventually tied the score 19-19. With the score tied 20-20, MIT scored three straight to take charge and won 25-22.

The fourth game was a back-and-forth affair which saw the team alternate points 19 straight times making the score 18-18. Coast Guard scored five straight to take control before forcing the fifth game with a 25-19 win.

MIT lead game five 7-5 before four straight Coast Guard points gave the home team a 9-7 advantage. The game was tied at 11, 12 and 13 before MIT scored back-to-back points to wrap up the win.

MIT was also the last team to beat Coast Guard at home when they did so on Oct. 9, 2007 with a 3-0 win.

—Mindy Brauer, DAPER Staff