Framingham, MA --- Senior Maddy Werth (Bedford, MA) totaled 23 kills and classmmate Shay Feeley (Franklin, MA) amassed 39 assists as WPI went to Framingham State and swept a tri-match with the host Rams and Keene State on Saturday. With the wins, WPI moves to 20-7 on the season and reaches the 20-victory mark for the second straight season and eighth time in program history.
The Engineers earned the victory in the first match of the day over FSU by scores of 25-22, 30-28 and 25-19. WPI was paced by sophomore Casey Hunt (Granby, CT) who recorded 12 kills and 10 digs, while Werth added 10 kills. Sophomore Victoria Nassar (Salem, NH) led the defensive effort with 16 digs, while junior Kelly Rathje (Scituate, Mass.) added 11. The trio of Brooke Klepper (Miami Beach, FL), Sandra Duarte (Valencia, CA) and Samantha Bircsak (Acton, MA) all swat three block assists and Feeley and Azita Bakhtyari (Andover, MA) doled out 22 and 11 assists respectively.
The Rams, who have played in three of the last four NCAA Tournaments, received a match-best 18 kills, 10 digs and four blocks from senior Alycia Rackliffe (Feeding Hills, MA). Rackliffe connected on 18 of 43 attempts with a .293 hitting percentage. Junior Vicki Anderson (Attleboro, MA) added 11 digs, while sophomore Mackenzie Whalen (Norton, MA) chipped in with 29 set assists.
In the second match the Crimson and Gray fell behind early in the first set to Keene State before rallying for the victory by scores of 26-24, 25-19 and 25-23. Werth once again led the way with 13 kills on 23 attempts with just two errors for a .423 hitting percentage. Freshman Abbie Gilbert (Hopkinton, MA) added seven kills, a solo block and a pair of block assists, while senior Cassandra Tomerlin (LaQuinta, CA) paced the back row with 16 digs. Feeley finished with 17 helps while Bakhtyari chipped in with 11. Kat Hurlock (Burlington, CT) had a strong all-around match with six kills and four blocks assists and Klepper continued to block well with three block assists.
Keene State was led by 11 kills and six digs from junior Rachel Lamica (Malone, NY), while freshman Hannah Syzmanski (Greenwood Village, CO) added six kills. Sophomore Riley Bunker (Simi Valley, CA) chipped in with 15 defensive digs, while junior Katie Cunningham (Nelsonville, NY) added 25 set assists.
WPI returns home to Harrington Auditorium on Tuesday at 7pm to host city rival Clark in a key NEWMAC match. The game will be the team's annual Dig Pink game.
Majority Release Courtesy Framingham State Sports Information