- Score: MIT 3, Emmanuel College 0 (25-17, 25-10, 25-7)
- Records: MIT (17-4); Emmanuel (5-13)
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)
- The Lead: An efficient hitting performance, which improved throughout the match, helped the MIT women's volleyball team defeat Emmanuel College, 25-17, 25-10, 25-7, in non-conference action on Thursday night. The Engineers generated a .540 hitting percentage, including a .643 performance in the third set.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Set 1: Holding an 8-6 lead, a kill by MIT sophomore Hannah Collins (Sunnyvale, Calif.) sparked a 9-3 run. The Engineers maintained a comfortable cushion, reaching set point at 24-15 on a kill by senior Alexis Groark (Elwood, N.Y.). Kills by Emma Fenton and Alexis Powell extended the frame for Emmanuel, but another Groark strike clinched the win.
- Set 2: An ace by Jalen Winfrey gave the Saints a 3-2 edge, however, an Emmanuel miscue set off a string of four unanswered points which put MIT ahead for good. A kill from Marissa Cataldo narrowed the gap to 6-4. However, strong serving by junior Francesca Macchiavello (Lexington, Ky.), which featured three aces, fueled a 10-0 run that propelled the Engineers to a 25-10 victory.
- Set 3: MIT won the first nine points of the set, with senior Madison Lee (Hillsborough, Calif.) earning four aces. A kill by Cataldo ended the run and resulted in a brief exchange of points before the Engineers went on to register a 25-7 win.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Groark generated a match-high 10 kills in the first set while senior Shea Landeene (Phoenix, Ariz.) and first-year Alyssa Unell (Scottsdale, Ariz.) both recorded eight kills.
- Junior Andie Maloney (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) posted 41 assists and seven digs as Lee finished with eight digs and five aces.
- Macchiavello totaled four aces while first-year Emma Suh (Santa Monica, Calif.) bolstered the defense with six digs.
- Cataldo paced Emmanuel with eight kills and nine digs as Tatiana Correia notched seven digs.
- Rachel Coleman rounded out the Saints with 11 assists.
- MIT returns to action on Tuesday, Oct. 15 when it travels to NEWMAC rival Clark University for a 6:00 p.m. match. Emmanuel, meanwhile, will host GNAC foes University of Saint Joseph (Conn.) and St. Joseph's College (Maine) on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., respectively.
*Release courtesy of MIT Athletic Communications