Volleyball Falls to No. 22 MIT in NEWMAC Battle

Volleyball Falls to No. 22 MIT in NEWMAC Battle

SCORE: Wheaton 1 - No. 22 MIT 3 (25-22, 23-25, 16-25, 21-25)

RECORDS: Wheaton (14-2, 2-1 NEWMAC) - MIT (13-2, 3-1 NEWMAC)

LOCATION: Norton, Mass. (Emerson Gymnasium)

THE RUNDOWN:  

  • The Wheaton College volleyball team returned to the court for New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action Tuesday night, hosting the Engineers of MIT, who are the 22nd ranked team in the nation. 
  • Wheaton was led by a career-high 16 kills and 17 digs from first-year Adara Hamilton, who also dished out two assists and picked up an ace. Julia Palomba also ended in double-digits in kills and digs, knocking down 10 points, while coming up with 16 digs. Cat MacGregor also came up with 16 digs for the Lyons. Becca Houghton ended the night with a team-high 39 assists, while also coming up with 10 digs. 
  • MIT was led by a match-high 26 kills from Abby BerticsChristina Liao led all players with 41 assists, while Carly Silvernale and Bertics each came up with a match-high 18 digs. 
  • Despite the national ranking, the Lyons were not intimidated by the Engineers, coming out strong in the opening set. The set was nine ties and four lead changes, with Wheaton building up a 19-16 advantage. MIT earned a few points back down the stretch, but Wheaton responded by earning three of the final four points. 
  • The second set was another back and forth, this time with eight ties and five lead changes. Wheaton took a 16-14 lead with a strong attack from Palomba, Hamilton, Houghton, and Casey Dinga. The Engineers responded with an 8-2 run with kills by Shea Landeene and Bertics. Wheaton battled back, tying the set at 23-23. MIT called a timeout, which helped the Engineers regroup and close out the set with an Alexis Groark kill and Wheaton error. 
  • Both teams continued to fight for each point in the third set, but MIT managed to put together an 8-2 run that handed them an 18-10 lead, which they would never relinquish. 
  • MIT cruised to a 13-6 lead in the fourth set. Wheaton continued to fight, chipping away at the deficit, pulling within two points down the stretch. That would be as close as the Lyons would manage to get the rest of the way. 

THE BASICS:

  • Attacking percentage: Wheaton .173 - MIT .274
  • Service aces: Wheaton 6 - MIT 9
  • Digs: Wheaton 72 - MIT 62
  • Block solos: Wheaton 1 - MIT 0
  • Block assists: Wheaton 6 - MIT 12

UP NEXT: Wheaton hosts Rhode Island College on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. for a non-conference contest. VIDEO / LIVE STATS