Weston, MA --- The WPI volleyball team began defense of its Pride Invitational championship by going 3-0 on Saturday during the opening day of the two-day tournament. The Engineers defeated host Regis, Suffolk and Assumption by identical 3-0 scores to lift their overall record to 4-0 on the season.
In the tournament opener, WPI knocked off Regis by scores of 25-20, 25-13 and 25-17. Belinda Nwagbara (Santa Rosa, CA) and Bailey Sarber (Westerly, RI) combined for 16 kills and Lauren D'Angelo (Wallingford, CT) chipped in with 10 digs.
The Engineers continued their strong play again Suffolk, taking the match 25-16, 25-13 and 25-15. Sarber notched 10 kills while Joan Porambo (Jim Thorpe, PA) and Kim Woodward (Clifton Park, NY) totaled 18 and 10 digs respectively. Alex Rangel (Weston, FL) paced all players with 14 assists in the middle match.
WPI wrapped up the day by eking out a tight 25-23, 25-22 and 25-23 decision over city rival Assumption. Porambo played inspired defensive against the Division II Greyhounds, registering 20 digs while a balanced offensive attack saw Elyssa Dorenfeld (Reading, MA) led the way with eight kills, Sarber and Nwagbara each collected seven and Kerrin Beovich (Seaford, NY) smash six. Nwagbara added 15 digs while Woodward handed out a team-high 19 assists.
The Crimson and Gray continue play in the Pride Invitational on Sunday. WPI takes on Worcester State, Rhode Island College and Framingham State to complete its slate in the seven-team tournament.