Sports Shorts

Volleyball Defeats Clark, Advances in NEWMAC Tournament

The women’s volleyball team defeated Clark University 25-11, 25-16, 25-8 in the NEWMAC Tournament quarterfinals this weekend.

The Engineers opened the match with 11 unanswered points and cruised to a first-set win. The second set was back-and-forth, but with the score 12-11, MIT went on a 13-5 run to close out the set.

Clark took a 3-2 lead, its first of the night, in the final frame, but MIT responded with a 19-2 run to seal the victory.

Alexandra T. May ’10 had nine kills, seven digs, and four blocks as Barden E. Cleeland ’10 recorded seven digs, five kills, four blocks, and four aces to lead the Engineers.

Afterwards, Cleeland was named NEWMAC player of the week — the third Engineer to receive the honor this season.

The top-seeded Engineers will host the remainder of the NEWMAC Tournament, with the semifinal matches on Friday, Nov. 6. MIT will face No. 4 U.S. Coast Guard Academy at 5 p.m.; should MIT advance, they will face the winner of the Wellesley-Springfield match in the tournament final at 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 7.

—David Zhu, Sports Editor