Volleyball Falls in NEWMAC Opener to Red Hot MIT

Brianna Parent

Cambridge, MA --- Behind a match-high 21 digs from sophomore Tori Wuthrich (Grosse Pointe Woods, MI) and strong setting by senior Nicole Gagnier (Atlanta, GA) that resulted in a .450 hitting percentage, the MIT women's volleyball team defeated WPI, 25-10, 25-14, 25-13, in the NEWMAC opener for both squads on Tuesday night. With the win, MIT improved to 12-1 on the year while WPI saw its ledger lower to 7-4. 

Gagnier tallied 35 assists, five digs, and two blocks while sophomore Megan Gebhard (Howell, MI) led all players with 10 kills. Senior Jenny Astrachan (Austin, TX) posted nine kills and two blocks as sophomore Jennie Glerum (Redmond, WA) registered seven kills and five aces. Freshman Clare Farley (La Jolla, CA) collected nine digs followed by five from classmate Rachel Parus (Fraser, MI). Senior Morgan Stewart (Powell, OH) rounded out the front row with two blocks. 

Junior Jenny Wallace (Holden, MA) led WPI with six kills and added six digs while sophomore Shay Feeley (Franklin, MA) compiled 19 assists, five digs, and an ace. Sophomore Cassandra Tomerlin (La Quinta, CA) paced the visitors with 12 digs as freshmen Brooke Klepper (Miami Beach, FL) and Melissa Daigle (Norfolk, Mass.) chipped in five and four kills, respectively. 

MIT raced out to a 15-2 lead as four aces from Glerum fueled a 10-0 run by the hosts in the opening frame. The Cardinal and Gray maintained its comfortable margin as a kill from junior Chloe Dlott (Aptos, CA) made the score 24-9. A strike by Wallace extended the frame but MIT sophomore Lara Markey (San Diego, CA) replied with one of her own to end the set. 

In the second stanza, MIT quickly established a 5-1 margin; however, an ace by sophomore Brianna Parent (Epping, NH) capped a spurt that brought WPI within one (6-5). A kill from freshman Alli Davanzo (St. Johns, FA) gave MIT some breathing room but WPI stayed close as a blast from Klepper narrowed the gap to 8-6. A pair of kills from Astrachan and junior Meryl Gibbs (Bellaire, TX) sparked an 11-4 run that put the set out of reach. Despite the deficit, WPI continued to attack as it moved the score to 19-12. MIT went on to capture six of the next eight points, capitalizing on a kill from Parus to secure the win. 

MIT jumped out to a 12-4 advantage before an exchange of points ensued in the third set. An attacking error resulted in a timeout by the hosts as they held a 17-10 lead. Following the break, the Cardinal and Gray closed out the match on an 8-3 run with a pair of WPI miscues ending the evening. 

Both squads return to action on the road on Saturday, Sept. 20. MIT will visit NEWMAC rival Springfield while WPI will travel to conference foe Wheaton for a tri-match with Gordon.

Release Courtesy MIT Sports Information