2008 Volleyball Hall of Fame Classic (Day 1)

Tournament Website

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (Oct. 24, 2008) - The 2008 Volleyball Hall of Fame Classic kicked off with eight matches this evening. A total of 16 teams are participating in the tournament, which is being hosted by Smith College and Mount Holyoke College. Now in its 17th year, the tournament has been broken up into two eight team brackets. Prior to the beginning of the event, the teams were ranked based on their results thus far this season. The top eight teams are competing in the "Gold Bracket" at Smith, while the next eight are playing in the "Silver Bracket" at Mount Holyoke.

Top seeded Tufts University, second seeded Springfield College, third seeded Wellesley College and fifth seeded Amherst College all claimed victories in the Gold Bracket. After dropping the first set, Tufts battled back to defeat eighth seeded Smith 3-1. Meanwhile, Springfield topped seventh seeded Bowdoin College, and Wellesley blanked sixth seeded Brandeis University 3-0. Fifth seeded Amherst overcame a one set deficit to upset fourth seeded Williams College 3-1.

As a result of their victories this evening, Tufts and Amherst will meet in the winner's bracket tomorrow. The other winner's bracket matchup will feature Wellesley and Springfield. Smith will face off against Williams, and Brandeis will battle Bowdoin in the loser's bracket.

In the Silver Bracket, top seeded Middlebury College, second seeded Gordon College, third seeded Colby College and fifth seeded Wheaton College each cruised to 3-0 triumphs in their respective contests. Middlebury upended eight seeded Mount Holyoke, while Gordon downed seventh seeded Emerson College, and Colby handled Westfield State College. The lone upset of the evening in the Silver Bracket came when Wheaton knocked off fourth seeded Bridgewater.

Looking forward to tomorrow, Middlebury will face off against Wheaton and Colby will take on Gordon in the winner's bracket contests. In the loser's bracket, Mount Holyoke will clash with Bridgewater and Westfield will meet Emerson.

The tournament will conclude tomorrow with all 16 teams playing two matches apiece.

Mount Holyoke College vs. Middlebury College

Match Statistics

In its first match of the weekend, eighth seeded Mount Holyoke was knocked off by top seeded Middlebury College. The Lyons, who will play the entire tournament on their home court, fell by a score of 3-0 (25-13, 25-14, 25-17). The two teams are among the eight who are competing in the "Silver Bracket" of the tournament.

Middlebury (10-9, 3-3 NESCAC) was paced by first year outside hitter Jane Handel, who recorded nine kills. Sophomore setter Lauren Barrett dished out 25 assists, while senior defensive specialist Olivia Minkhorst collected 11 digs. Rounding things out for the Panthers were first year outside hitter Caroline Cordle and junior defensive specialist Mallory White, who tallied seven kills and three service aces, respectively.

Leading the way for Mount Holyoke (4-11, 0-7 NEWMAC) was senior outside hitter Chelsea Tracy, who finished with eight kills and ten digs. Sophomore defensive specialist Rosa Marruffo amassed six kills, while classmate Kateryna Kuc totaled 15 assists, two service aces and ten digs from the setter position.