South Hadley, MA --- WPI bested Mount Holyoke College, 3-0 in the NEWMAC regular season volleyball finale on Saturday. With the win, the Engineers conclude the regular season with an overall record of 22-8 overall and 5-5 in the NEWMAC, while the Lyons end 5-17 overall and 0-10 in the conference.
The Crimson and Gray earn the seventh seed in next week's NEWMAC Tournament and will travel to second-seeded Springfield Tuesday at 7pm in a quarterfinal matchup.
For WPI, senior outside hitter Maddy Werth (Bedford, MA) led the match with 14 kills, while sophomore outside hitter Casey Hunt (Granby, CT) posted 10 kills to go along with 10 digs. Junior middle hitter Brooke Klepper (Miami Beach, FL) posted a game-high six blocks.
For the Lyons, senior captain and setter Natalie Lyon (Oakton, VA) earned a match-best 19 assists and two service aces. Sophomore libero Cameron Graham (Sarasota, FL) led the match with 18 digs, while sophomore middle hitter Joy Maran (Santa Fe, NM) led the Lyons with six kills.
The teams played evenly in the first set as they battled to a 15-15 tie. Three consecutive attack errors by the Lyons gave MIT an 18-15 advantage, but MHC countered with two straight points following a service ace from junior outside hitter Katrina Meserve (Falmouth, ME) The Engineers went up by as much as four later in the set, but after an ace from Lyon, MHC cut the margin back down to 23-21. Two costly errors by the Lyons helped MIT to a 25-21 first set win.
Much like the first set, the teams went back-and-forth, tying the game at 12-all. WPI scored five straight points, backed by two kills from Werth to give the engineers a 16-12 advantage. The Lyons went on a run, tying the game at 23 apiece after a service ace from Sasha Simine (Kitchner, ONT).
An attack error from the engineers put the Lyons up 24-23, but a kill by Werth and an attack error from MHC gave the visitors a 25-24 advantage. Mount Holyoke scored two straight points to take the lead, but a kill from senior outside hitter Samantha Bircsak (Acton, MA) tied the game once again at 27-all. WPI went on to score three of the next four points to earn the set win, 30-28.
With momentum heading into the third set, the Engineers got out to a 21-7 advantage. MHC came within a 23-10 margin, but Werth put down the deciding kill to give WPI the 3-0 victory.
Release Courtesy Mount Holyoke Sports Information