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Tufts 3, Bridgewater State 1 (30-23, 30-24, 28-30, 30-27)
Tufts 3, Springfield 0 (30-21, 30-23, 30-26)

At Medford, MA
Friday, September 21, 2007

Bridgewater State Box Score

Springfield Box Score

Nancy Shrodes had 10 kills with no errors in the victory against Springfield

MEDFORD -- The Tufts University volleyball team took first place in Pool D of the 2007 MIT Women's Volleyball Invitational by winning two matches at home on the Cousens Gym floor on Friday night. Tufts topped Bridgewater State, 3-1, and then shut out Springfield College, 3-0. Tufts now moves on to play the Pool B champion tomorrow at MIT's Rockwell Cage Court 2 at noon. Win or lose, Tufts again will play at Rockwell Cage at 4:00 on Saturday in their final match of the tournament.

The young Jumbos looked to be coming together as a team on Friday night. They took the Bridgewater match with game scores of 30-23, 30-24, 28-30 and 30-27. Against Springfield College, Tufts blanked the Pride by scores of 30-21, 30-23 and 30-26. The two wins evened the Jumbo record at 5-5 overall. Springfield fell to 8-4 and Bridgewater State is now 4-3.

In the Bridgewater match, Tufts was led by first-year Dawson Joyce-Mendive (Minden, NV), who didn't let a bout with tonsillitis slow her down. She also served five of the team's 13 aces. Junior setter Kaitlin O'Reilly (Manhattan Beach, CA) contributed three aces and 23 assists. Senior captain Katie Wysham (Spokane, WA) was her usual force at the net, recording 10 kills and assisting on five blocks. Four Jumbos were in double-digits for digs, including 17 by junior Maya Ripecky (Chicago, IL).

Joyce-Mendive and classmate Nancy Shrodes (Manhattan Beach, CA) were the offensive leaders for Tufts against Springfield. Both finished with 10 kills, with Shrodes not making an error in 17 attempts. Joyce-Mendive was good at the service line again with three aces. Junior Natalie Goldstein (Piedmont, CA) and Wysham were defensive leaders again, accumulating 17 digs and four blocks (two solos) respectively.