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Wellesley 3, Tufts 2 (26-30, 14-30, 30-19, 30-21, 15-13)
Elizabethtown 3, Tufts 0 (30-27, 31-29, 30-20)

At Medford, MA
Friday, September 28, 2007

Wellesley Box Score

Elizabethtown Box Score

Katie Wysham dominated the net defensively for the Jumbos

MEDFORD -- The fourth annual Tufts Volleyball Invitational did not get off to a good start for the Jumbos on Friday night. They were unable to hold a 2-0 lead against Wellesley College in their first match of the tournament, and then they lost 3-0 to Elizabethtown College, visiting from Pennsylvania, in the second match of the night.

Play continues at the Tufts Invitational on Saturday. The host Jumbos face SUNY Brockport on the Cousens Gym floor at 1:00 pm. They finish tournament action at Cousens against neighboring rival MIT in a 4:00 match. Tufts is 7-8 overall after the losses on Friday.

The Jumbos had a great start to their fourth annual tournament. They jumped out to a 19-9 lead in the first game against Wellesley and won 30-26. They demolished Wellesley in the second game 30-14. It sure didn't seem likely that they would not win another game for the rest of the night. However, the tide turned as Wellesley hung in there to post 30-19 and 30-21 victories to force a fifth and deciding game. It was close throughout, but Wellesley (8-2) won 15-13 in the end to finish off their comeback. The Jumbos had blanked Wellesley at the MIT Invitational last weekend.

First-year Caitlin Updike (Manhattan Beach, CA) was the only Jumbo who hit at better than 25-percent for the offense, recording 14 kills with just one error in 38 tries. She also had all three of the team's service aces. Twin towers Katie Wysham (Spokane, WA) and Kate Denniston (Tarzana, CA) combined for 13 blocks, with Wysham recording seven solos and Denniston going up for four on her own. Junior Natalie Goldstein (Piedmont, CA) led Tufts with 27 digs.

Elizabethtown (14-3), defeated by Wellesley 3-0 in the night's second match, rallied for a shutout of the Jumbos with game scores of 30-27, 31-29 and 30-20. Updike again led the Jumbo offense with 12 kills. She also added two aces and 14 digs. Classmate Dawson Joyce-Mendive (Minden, NV) had 10 and sophomore Brogie Helgeson (Santa Cruz, CA) nine. Junior Kaitlin O'Reilly (Manhattan Beach, CA) racked up 39 assists in the three games. Wysham continued to be a wall on defense, at one point blocking four consecutive Elizabethtown attempts on the same play.