Next up for us was the New England Challenge against the top NEWMAC teams starting with Babson (then ranked 23rd in the nation), followed by MIT (then ranked #19 in the nation), and then Springfield. We had a tough 5 setter with Babson last year, and we were pumped to compete with a nationally ranked team. We arrived in Boston to play Babson on Friday night and came out strong and really handled Babson keeping them under 20 points in all three sets we won. Our middles were the main story as Lucy was a blocking machine in that game totaling 10 blocks while Lexi led the team with 12 kills!
A nice bonus about playing in Boston is that it’s easier for some alums to see us! Shea, Ali and Bella all came to see us on Saturday afternoon, which was awesome–always LOVE seeing former MCVBers!!
Saturday morning we played MIT, who lived up to their national ranking. They were very tough but we put up a good fight and ended up being the only NESCAC team that weekend to get a game from them! After our sweep of Springfield in the afternoon, we ended up taking second place because of that one set win vs MIT, so that was exciting. Both Lucy and Katie were named to the All-Tournament team for their efforts. Gabbie also had a very strong weekend showing having 36 assists/15 digs vs Babson; 31 assists/2 aces/3 blocks and 15 digs vs MIT; 31 assists/2 blocks/10 digs vs Springfield. Lillian really is stepping us big for us as well now in the starting lineup finishing the weekend with 8, 9 and 11 kills respectively in the matches.