Smith, Simmons fall to MIT

Women’s volleyball boosts overall record to 10-1

In its first home matches of the 2012 season, the MIT women’s volleyball team defeated New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) rival Smith College (25-17, 25-18, 25-11) and local foe Simmons College (25-15, 25-19, 25-12) on Saturday afternoon. These victories pushed MIT’s record to 10-1 overall and 2-0 in NEWMAC.

In the conference match against Smith College, Trinity P. Leonard ’13 led MIT with 16 kills to go along with seven digs. Tatiana Berger ’14 contributed 10 kills and a .571 hitting performance, while Kristine A. Bunker ’14 totaled four kills, two aces, and two blocks. Meryl E, Gibbs ’16 bolstered the attack with four kills while Katie K. Spielbauer ’13 registered 18 digs and two aces. Lindsey M. Wang ’16 notched 10 digs and three aces as Nicole C. Gagnier ’15 tallied 40 assists, three aces, and two blocks.

Against Simmons, Gibbs paced MIT’s balanced attack with nine kills, a .538 hitting percentage, and three aces while Jennifer L. Astrachan ’15 followed with eight kills and two blocks. Morgan R. Stewart ’15 and Ada V. Taylor ’16 each earned two blocks while Berger chipped in four kills. Spielbauer anchored the back row with 14 digs while Wang notched four digs and three aces. Gagnier compiled 26 assists, four digs, and three aces while Alyssa L. Rothman ’13 tacked on four assists in the third set.

The Engineers will next travel to rival Springfield College Tuesday night.