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Hall of Fame Induction Tournament
MIT 3, Tufts 0 (30-28, 30-27, 30-26)
Tufts 3, Brandeis 1 (30-20, 28-30, 30-28, 30-28)

At Northampton, MA
Saturday, October 20, 2007

MIT Match Statistics

Brandeis Match Statistics

NORTHAMPTON -- The Tufts volleyball team split a pair of closely-contested matches on Saturday to take third place at the 2007 Hall of Fame Induction Tournament hosted by Smith College. After winning their preliminary bracket on Friday with victories against host Smith College and Wellesley College, Tufts advanced to the championship bracket on Saturday and lost to MIT 3-0 in the semi-finals. The Jumbos then defeated Brandeis, 3-1, in the third-place game.

The loss to MIT stopped a six-game Tufts winning streak that is the team's best this year. Tufts is now 15-13 overall. They lost by a total of nine points in three games against eventual champion MIT (30-28, 30-27, 30-26), which now boasts a 25-1 record as the top team in New England. First-year Caitlin Updike (Manhattan Beach, CA) had 12 kills to lead the Jumbos offensively, while senior captain Katie Wysham (Spokane, WA) added 10 kills and eight blocks (five assists). She was named to the All-Tournament team. On defense, junior Stacy Filocco (Olney, MD) handled 36 of 37 passing attempts and classmate Maya Ripecky (Chicago, IL) finished with 23 digs.

Against Brandeis, another 20-win team whom Tufts beat on the road two weeks ago, the Jumbos came out of a 1-1 deadlock with 30-28 wins in both games three and four to earn the victory. Updike again paced the offense with 14 kills while adding a remarkable six service aces in the match. Junior Kate Denniston (Tarzana, CA) was a major contributor to the offense with 11 kills and no errors in 23 attempts. Sophomore setter Dena Feiger (Long Grove, IL) averaged 12 assists per game. Wysham had four solo blocks and four block assists for 16 total blocks on the day in two matches. Junior Natalie Goldstein (Piedmont, CA) added 22 digs.

Currently fifth in the NESCAC standings, the Jumbos will travel to Bates for a NESCAC match on Wednesday.