Spielbauer and Schulte open fall season strong

With a 4-0 record, Women’s Volleyball takes first place at Regis College Pride Invitational

The MIT women’s volleyball team opened its season by winning all four matches en route to a first place finish at the Regis College Pride Invitational held this past weekend. Katie K. Spielbauer ’13 was named the Tournament MVP while Kelly E. Schulte ’12 earned All-Tournament team honors.

The Cardinal and Gray swept Suffolk University, 25-5, 25-13, 25-22, in the first match on Friday afternoon. Trinity P. Leonard ’13 led MIT’s balanced attack with five kills while freshmen Kayla Z. Harris ’15 and Sarah J. Oberhelman ’15 each had four kills. Cecily L. Joujon-Roche ’12 connected on four of her seven hitting attempts to go along with two blocks. Sharon S. Hao ’14 led the setting corps with 16 assists while Natasha H. Jensen ’12 and Jessica L. Fessler ’14 rounded out the defense with six and four digs.

Against NEWMAC foe WPI, MIT emerged with a 25-16, 25-17, 24-26, 25-19 victory. Leonard racked up eight kills, six digs, and three blocks as Kristine A. Bunker ’14 totaled seven kills, a .545 hitting percentage, and five blocks.

The Engineers overpowered Regis, 25-13, 25-12, 25-18, on Saturday. Rachel A. Hunt ’14 led the front row with five kills and a .714 hitting percentage. Berger, Oberhelman, and Leonard each chipped in four kills. All four setters saw playing time as Hao paced the group with 10 assists. Jody C. Fu ’15, Hao, and Fessler each contributed three digs while Rothman earned two aces.

In the finale, MIT defeated Worcester State University, 25-9, 25-16, 25-17. Leonard powered the attack with nine kills and recorded five digs as freshman Morgan R. Stewart ’15 totaled five kills and two blocks. Hunt registered five kills and a block while Bunker tallied four kills, two aces, and one block.

The Engineers are off to a 4-0 start on the season and look to build on their success at the Vassar College Invitational Tournament this weekend.