Boston, MA --- An array of attacks and kills by the WPI Engineers, led by junior Ann Kaczowka (Seekonk, MA) with eight kills and freshman Colleen Mullins (Andover, MA) with seven kills, prevented the Nighthawks from making it four straight victories, as they fell to the WPI Engineers 3-0 (25-17, 25-18, 25-21) on Wednesday night at The Winsor School in Boston.
The depth WPI managed to use, playing several different lineups and 13 of their 18 eligible players, gave the Engineers an advantage, keeping bodies fresh at all times for the WPI squad.
In the opening set, the Engineers held much of the momentum, starting the match with a 14-6 advantage on the back of two service aces by Mullins and six errors by Newbury. Despite Newbury winning four straight points to cut the gap to 14-10, the Engineers would pull away on a 7-2 run to widen the margin again to 21-12. A pair of kills by WPI freshman Abbie Gilbert (Hopkinton, MA) in the end of the set would give the first to WPI 25-17.
In the second set, Nighthawks junior Marlen Reynoso (Springdale, AR) would put on a show from the service line, giving the Nighthawks an 8-0 start to the set. Reynoso recorded two aces in the span, senior Courtney Banks (Corona, CA) gave her team two kills. WPI would chip away at the lead through the middle of the set, before going on a 9-1 run to overtake the Nighthawks and lead 15-14. Shortly after, another WPI run, with three service aces by sophomore Victoria Nassar (Salem, NH) put WPI ahead 23-17. A pair of kills by Engineer players would give the second set to WPI 25-18.
In the final set, the teams traded small runs throughout the early portions of the set, giving way to a 12-12 tie. Newbury would win 6-of-8 to lead 18-14, with kills coming from Banks, senior Kataya Sykes (Brockton, MA) and senior Lindsey Clark (Venice, FL). WPI would answer the challenge and go on the same 6-of-8 run to tie the match at 20-20. Two kills and an ace by Nassar would put the Engineers ahead 23-20. Despite winning the next point, Newbury would commit two errors at the end of the set to drop the match to WPI.
For the Nighthawks, Banks finished the night with 14 kills. Clark and junior Julia Leggett (Longview, WA) turned in a team-high 13 digs. Reynoso finished with 30 assists and four aces.
Nassar finished with a match-high 15 digs and five aces and senior Shay Feeley (Franklin, MA) contributed 12 assists in just two sets for the Engineers.
WPI welcomes Salve Regina to Harrington Auditorium Thursday night for a 7pm first serve. Newbury opens NECC action Saturday when it hosts Southern Vermont at 1pm.
Release Courtesy Newbury Sports Information