Volleyball falls to Springfield

Facing its first nationally ranked opponent this season, the MIT Women’s Volleyball team fell to No. 21 Springfield College, 25-18, 28-26, 25-23, in a hard-fought NEWMAC contest on Tuesday night. The loss lowered the Engineers’ record to 13-4 on the year and 2-2 in league play.

The Engineers established a 9-4 lead in the opening set, but Springfield responded with a 12-1 run to go ahead for good. MIT stayed within striking distance, narrowing the gap to 4 on three occasions, the last at 20-16. However, the Pride scored 4 of the next 6 points to take the game.

In the second set, MIT built a 9-3 advantage and held a comfortable margin for most of the set, including at 24-21 for set point. Back-to-back kills, however, kept Springfield alive, and the team won the set 28-26.

The final set was tightly fought, featuring 12 ties and four lead changes. The Engineers held a 13-11 edge, but Springfield registered 6 unanswered points to regain control. MIT battled back, tying the score three times, the last at 19. The hosts countered with a 5-3 burst that gave them match point. Tech stayed alive, but the Pride converted on its next attempt to capture the win.

MIT will return to action on Friday for the Johnson & Wales University Wildcat Fall Classic.

—Mindy Brauer, DAPER Staff

Tennis stays unbeaten in conference

The MIT Women’s Tennis team hosted Babson College on Tuesday. The Engineers swept the match 9-0, handing Babson their first loss of the season and remaining undefeated in conference play.

Lauren C. Quisenberry ’14, Michelle M. Dutt ’15, Stasey Vishnevetsky ’12, Julia C. Hsu ’14, Vynnie J. Kong ’15, Juana C. Becerra ’15 all won singles matches; the six players also paired up for the doubles matches, which they won 8-4, 8-5, 8-6.

The Engineers next play in the ITA Northeast Regional, hosted by Bates College this weekend.

—David Zhu, Sports Editor