October 18, 2011

MIT deals Wheaton 3-0 loss

NORTON, Mass. – Senior co-captain Christina Cannon (Milford, N.H./Milford) tallied eight kills and 11 digs in Wheaton College's 3-0 loss to MIT in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's volleyball action Tuesday night at Emerson Gymnasium.

Sophomores Lindsay Tebbetts (Gilmanton, N.H./Gilford) and Kara-Jane Walker (Needham, Mass./Needham) each recorded five kills for the Lyons, who fell to 3-22 (0-7 NEWMAC) on the season. Freshman Morgan Stewart (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) paced the Engineers (20-7, 5-2 NEWMAC) with eight kills.

The Engineers won game one, 25-16, behind four kills from Stewart and three from senior Kelly Schulte (Riverside, Calif./Ramona) and sophomore Rachel Hunt (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect). Cannon paced Wheaton with two kills while she and senior co-captain Emily Davisson (Carpinteria, Calif./Laguna Blanca School) each notched three digs.

The Lyons held the lead three times in the second set before suffering a 25-20 setback. Cannon registered three kills and four digs in the set while Walker and junior Olanna Nissim (Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich) added two kills each. Senior Cecily Joujon-Roche (Laguna Hills, Calif./Laguna Hills) led MIT with three kills in the frame.

MIT rallied back from four one-point deficits to knock off the Lyons is game three, 25-19, and close out the match. Stewart recorded three kills for MIT while Cannon and Tebbetts each tallied three for Wheaton.

"That's one of the better teams in New England, and I thought we played well and hard against them," said Wheaton head coach Craig Letourneau. "If we continue to play with this heart and energy, we'll have a better opportunity to win matches this year. We can't just do it against the best teams, though. We have to do it against everybody. We were very aggressive tonight, and while we made some mistakes, I'm OK with them as long as we're being aggressive."

Cannon and Davisson each finished with 11 digs while Nissim dished out 16 helpers. Joujon-Roche finished with six kills and three of the engineers 13 blocks. Freshman Nicole Gagnier (Atlanta, Ga./Our Lady of Mercy) handed out 16 assists for the Engineers.

The Lyons return to action on Friday when they compete at the Hall of Fame Tournament hosted by Mount Holyoke College. MIT will also compete in the Hall of Fame Tournament at Smith College on Friday.

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