Volleyball Shoulders Three Set Setback to Babson in NEWMAC Opener

WPI Women's Volleyball
WPI Women's Volleyball

Babson Park, MA --- Junior Shannon Roseen (Malden, MA) finished with a career-high 15 kills and Babson College hit .256 as a team on its way to defeating visiting WPI, 3-0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-17), in NEWMAC women's volleyball action on Tuesday night at Staake Gymnasium.

With its second consecutive win, Babson is now 6-2 overall and 1-0 in the NEWMAC, while WPI slips to 2-5 overall and 0-1 in league play.

First-year Gaby Miller (Miami, FL) finished with eight kills and seven digs, while junior Gizem Yilmaz (Istanbul, Turkey) chipped in with four kills and a match-high five blocks for the Beavers. Sophomore Elizabeth Cameron (El Dorado Hills, CA) had 34 assists and 11 digs, and junior Abby Beecher (Pittsford, NY) led all players with 23 digs in the win.

Junior Casey Hunt (Granby, CT) recorded nine kills and 12 digs, while first-year Amanda Wetmore (Hudson, NH) hit .800 and added eight kills for the Engineers. Junior Azita Bakhtyari (Andover, MA) dished out 24 assists and classmate Victoria Nassar (Salem, NH) registered a team-high 15 digs in the loss.

Neither team led by more than four in a first set that featured eight ties and two lead changes. The Green and White took its biggest lead at 13-9 on a kill by Roseen, but WPI responded with an 11-4 run to go ahead 20-17 on a Babson attack error. The Beavers ripped off four straight points to go back in front, and took advantage of four late errors by the Engineers to take a one-game advantage.

The hosts recorded 17 kills and never trailed in the second set, although WPI didn't go away without a fight. Babson jumped to a quick 6-2 lead and used two straight kills by Roseen and a WPI error to push its advantage to 17-12. Following a timeout, the Engineers got as close as 21-20 on a kill by senior Brooke Klepper (Miami Beach, FL), but Roseen, Miller, Yilmaz and Cameron all registered late kills to close out the frame.

The Engineers scored the first three points of the third set, but four early kills from Miller and four points on the serve of Cameron helped the Green and White build a 20-12 lead. The Beavers recorded 14 kills and hit .400 as a team in the game.

WPI takes on Western New England on Thursday at 7pm while Babson will host Clark and Roger Williams in a tri-match on Saturday beginning at 11am.

Release Courtesy Babson Sports Information