Bears Fall in Regular Season Finale

Sophomore Susan West
Sophomore Susan West

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.— Megan Gebhard and Jenny Astrachan each had a match-high 14 kills as MIT clinched a share of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) regular season championship and the top-seed in the next week's NEWMAC tournament with a 3-0 win over Coast Guard in the regular season finale for both teams.

MIT won by game scores of 25-14, 25-13, 25-18 to improve to 26-4 overall and 9-1 in conference play while Coast Guard finishes the regular season 18-11 overall and 6-4 in conference play.

"MIT was just too much for us to handle today," said Coast Guard head coach Aylene Ilkson. "They played sharp and well executed volleyball and we didn't have an answer for that. Now that the regular season is over, it's a whole new game and hopefully we can go on a run in the NEWMAC tournament."

MIT scored five straight to take a 10-5 lead in the first game then leading 11-8 the Engineers ran off six straight for a commanding 17-8 lead en route to the 25-14 win.

In the second game, MIT jumped out to a 9-1 lead and never looked back winning 25-13.

MIT again jumped out to a huge lead in the third game leading 9-2 before Coast Guard rallied and pulled to within 15-12, but lost 25-18.

The Bears are the sixth-seed in the NEWMAC tournament which begins on Tuesday and will play at third-seeded Springfield at 7 p.m. in the first round. Coast Guard  beat the Pride 3-2 during the regular season.

Sophomore Susan West led Coast Guard with nine kills and two blocks while freshman Michelle McGill led the Bears with 16 digs. Freshman Michelle Hernandez had a team-high 21 assists to go with seven digs in the loss.

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