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Tufts 3, Wellesley 0 (30-17, 30-22, 30-26)
MIT 3, Tufts 0 (30-25, 30-18, 30-20)

At Cambridge, MA
Saturday, September 22, 2007

Wellesley Box Score

MIT Box Score

Katie Wysham dominated the net defensively for the Jumbos

CAMBRIDGE -- The Tufts volleyball team defeated Wellesley College, 3-0, in the semi-finals of the 2007 MIT Women's Volleyball Invitational on Saturday afternoon, earning a spot in the championship game for the second straight year. The Jumbos were blanked 3-0 by the host Engineers in the final. Tufts was second out of 16 teams that played in the two-day event.

A solid performance by Tufts (6-6) provided signs that the young team is making steady progress. The Wellesley College team that the Jumbos defeated in three games in the semi-finals went on to beat Williams College in the third-place game, 3-2. Williams had shut out the Jumbos 3-0 on September 14.

Against Wellesley, senior captain Katie Wysham (Spokane, WA) and first-year Caitlin Updike (Manhattan Beach, CA) both finished with 11 kills per game. Junior Kaitlin O'Reilly (Manhattan Beach, CA) had 21 assists in three games, while Wysham was in on five blocks (two solo) and first-year Dawson Joyce-Mendive (Minden, NY) led the Jumbos with nine digs.

Updike's eight kills led Tufts against MIT. Junior Natalie Goldstein (Piedmont, CA) had 22 digs while sophomore Brogie Helgeson (Santa Cruz, CA) was credited with four block assists. The loss snapped a five-match winning streak by the Jumbos.

Wysham and Goldstein were both named to the All-Tournament team at MIT. Wysham hit at 27.4 percent with 30 kills in the four matches and was a skyscraper at the net with 1.38 blocks per game. Goldstein had just seven receiving errors in 109 attempts (93.6 percent) and averaged 4.92 digs per game.