Babson Park, MA --- Sophomore Belinda Nwagbara (Santa Rosa, CA) led WPI with 13 kills on 28 errorless attempts for an impressive .464 hitting percentage as the WPI Women's Volleyball team picked up its second New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) victory of the season on Tuesday night, as the Engineers topped the host Babson Beavers, 3-1, at Staake Gymnasium. With the win, WPI improved to 11-2 overall and 2-1 in the conference, while Babson fell to 5-7 overall and 1-2 in the NEWMAC.
WPI used a four-point run to erase a 23-21 deficit and earn a 25-23 win in the opening set. Sophomore Elyssa Dorenfeld (Reading, MA) recorded a net-aided service ace for the go-ahead point, and first-year Holly Ganser (Seward, AK) recorded a block to clinch the 25-23 set victory. The two teams then traded lopsided wins in the next two sets, with Babson winning the second, 25-15, and WPI cruising in the third, 25-17, before the Engineers put the match away with a dominating 25-13 win in set four, aided by an 11-2 opening run.
Dorenfield added 11 kills and 17 digs, while Junior Joan Porambo (Jim Thorpe, Pa.) contributed a match-high 18 digs in the win for the Engineers. Junior setter Kim Woodward (Clifton Park, N.Y.) chipped in with a team-high 28 assists. Ganser made nine kills on 11 attempts for a .545 hitting percentage.
Babson was led in defeat by junior Nina Milovanovic (Belgrade, Serbia), who finished with 17 kills and a .310 hitting percentage. Junior captain Meg Flaherty (Hollis, NH) added 12 kills and five digs, sophomore Kathleen Lynch (Quincy, MA) recorded a match-high 42 assists, and junior Alexa Untermann (Honolulu, HI) contributed seven kills and two aces. Sophomore Cathy Tinker (Woodbridge, CT) had a solid night at the net for the Beavers, amassing four total blocks while also adding four kills.
WPI returns to Harrington Auditorium on Thursday night when they host Becker in a non-conference match at 7pm.