2017 WPI Women's Volleyball Headlines

  • SUMMER REWIND: Bakhtyari Becomes WPI’s First Volleyball Academic All-America in 28 Years
    July 21, 2018
    WORCESTER – WPI junior Azita Bakhtyari (Andover, MA) has garnered the department's first Academic All-America, as selected by CoSIDA, for the 2017-18 year.
  • WPI Men Second, Women Third in NEWMAC President Cup Standings
    June 04, 2018
    Westwood, MA --- For the third consecutive year WPI finished second in the Men’s NEWMAC Presidents Cup standings while the women placed third, as announced at the conference's annual meetings by WPI President Laurie Leshin along with NEWMAC President and WPI Director of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics Dana L. Harmon.
  • WPI Honors 11 Major Award Winners During Annual Athletic Banquet
    May 31, 2018
    WORCESTER – The WPI athletic department recently honored all of its 20 varsity teams which encompasses over 600 student-athletes at its annual awards banquet. During the festivities, 11 student-athletes were presented with major awards. These accolades highlight some of the best varsity student-athletes at WPI who excel both in the classroom and in their respective sports.
  • The Goat Nation Giving Challenge "A Resounding Success"
    March 30, 2018
    Thank you to all who supported WPI’s first-ever Goat Nation Giving Challenge! 544 alumni donors helped raise $30,860 for the WPI Fund for Athletics, making the challenge a resounding success. These gifts will allow us to continue to provide the newest equipment, dedicated training spaces, top-notch coaches, and more for our student-athletes. Because of your support, WPI Athletics will continue to soar to new levels of greatness.
  • Bakhtyari Becomes WPI’s First Volleyball Academic All-America in 28 Years
    December 13, 2017
    WORCESTER – WPI junior Azita Bakhtyari (Andover, MA) has garnered the department’s first Academic All-America, as selected by CoSIDA, for the 2017-18 year. The second team honoree is the first volleyball student-athlete to be recognized since Stacey Cotton (first team) in 1989. It is the fourth time a WPI volleyball player has been chosen as Cotton (third team), and Kathleen Murray (second team), were lauded in 1988.
  • Anna Maria Names Jamika Townsend Women’s Volleyball Coach
    December 01, 2017
    PAXTON, Mass – The Anna Maria College Athletic Department has named Jamika Townsend the women's volleyball coach as announced by athletic Director, Serge DeBari, this week. Townsend, a Suffolk, VA native, joins Anna Maria following two years serving as an assistant at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) under head coach Greg Poole.
  • Volleyball's Bakhtyari Earns Second CoSIDA Academic All-District Nod
    November 20, 2017
    WORCESTER – Junior Azita Bakhtyari (Andover, MA) has been selected as a repeat CoSIDA Academic All-District I Volleyball team member, as voted upon by sports information directors in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
  • Seven Fall Student-Athletes Named to NEWMAC All-Sportsmanship Teams
    November 16, 2017
    Westwood, MA --- WPI seniors Pavolas Christidis (Fairport, NY), Aaron Hartford (Norwell, MA), Kat Hurlock (Burlington, CT), Abby King (Fairfield, ME) and Lizzie Rooney (Harvard, MA) were named to NEWMAC All-Sportsmanship teams. Junior Ryan Wittenberg (Bedford, NH) and sophomore Ariana Rozen (Carver, MA) also made the list.
  • WPI Places 61 on Fall NEWMAC All-Academic Teams
    November 09, 2017
    Westwood, MA --- Led by 18 three-time honorees, WPI placed 61 fall student-athletes on their respective NEWMAC Academic All-Conference teams.
  • Volleyball Falls to Nationally-Ranked MIT on Senior Day
    October 28, 2017
    WORCESTER – Junior Abby Bertics (La Jolla, CA) and senior Alli Davanzo (Saint Johns, FL) hit .424 and .429, respectively, as MIT defeated WPI 3-0 (25-15, 25-21, 25-15) Saturday in the NEWMAC Women’s Volleyball season finale in Harrington Auditorium.
  • Regionally-Ranked Clark Bests Volleyball in Four Sets
    October 24, 2017
    WORCESTER -- The Clark University women’s volleyball team ran to a 3-1 (25-17, 23-25, 25-21, 25-23) victory over NEWMAC Park Ave. opponent WPI on Tuesday night in the Kneller Athletic Center. Marina Ramos (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) had a stellar night that included 21 kills and 22 digs to lift the Cougars to victory.
  • Kwatinetz, Bakhtyari Help Key Volleyball Split on Day Two of Hall of Fame Classic
    October 21, 2017
    Amherst, MA --- Freshman Sarah Kwatinetz (Seattle, WA) totaled 25 kills as the WPI volleyball split a pair of matches Saturday at the Hall of Fame Classic. The Engineers (11-16) defeated regionally-ranked Bowdoin (13-8) 3-2 and were upended by co-host Amherst (14-9) 3-1.
  • Mullins and Daigle Deliver in Volleyball’s Hall of Fame Classic Opener
    October 20, 2017
    Northampton, MA --- Sophomore Colleen Mullins (Andover, MA) set a new career-high in kills for the second time in as many matches, this time in a 3-1 WPI women’s volleyball victory over Trinity Friday night in the Hall of Fame Classic at Smith’s Ainsworth Gymnasium.
  • Volleyball Takes First Two Sets in Setback to Wheaton in NEWMAC Contest
    October 17, 2017
    WORCESTER – Junior Cathryn MacGregor (North Andover, MA), freshman Julia Palomba (San Carlos, CA) and sophomore Becca Houghton (Emmaus, PA) handed in double-doubles as Wheaton came back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat host WPI 3-2 (13-25, 17-25, 25-20, 25-15, 15-8) in a NEWMAC Women’s Volleyball contest Thursday night in Harrington Auditorium.
  • Volleyball Vexed by Endicott and Tufts in Non-Conference Tri-Match
    October 14, 2017
    Beverly, MA --- The WPI women’s volleyball team absorbed 3-0 setbacks to Endicott (25-8, 25-14. 25-23) and Tufts (25-17, 25-22, 25-11) Saturday in MacDonald Gymnasium.
  • Volleyball Team Effort Ensures Sweep of Western Connecticut and Keene State
    October 07, 2017
    Keene, NH --- Senior Brooke Klepper (Miami Beach, FL) had 10 kills against Western Connecticut as junior Casey Hunt (Granby, CT), and the freshman duo of Sarah Kwatinetz (Seattle, WA) and Amanda Wetmore (Hudson, NH), totaled 42 digs against Keene State as Volleyball won a pair of non-conference matches Saturday afternoon in Spaulding Gym.
  • Hunt and Kwatinetz Key Volleyball's Rally Bid in Non-Conference Match at Brandeis
    October 05, 2017
    Waltham, MA --- The Brandeis volleyball team bested WPI in four sets Thursday night, 27-25, 25-20, 17-25, 25-22, in Auerbach Arena.
  • Volleyball Succumbs to Coast Guard in NEWMAC Road Contest
    October 03, 2017
    New London, CT --- Freshman Bridget Boyle hit .333 and had a match-high 13 kills to go with seven digs and three aces leading Coast Guard to a 3-1 win over WPI in a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) match.
  • Amrein Shines Versus Pine Manor in Volleyball Split at Emerson
    September 30, 2017
    Boston, MA --- Freshman Kate Amrein (Nashua, NH) hit .429 with a match-best 11 kills to go with seven digs, three aces and a block assist as WPI split a women’s volleyball trimatch with Emerson and Pine Manor Saturday at Brown & Plofker Gym.
  • Hunt Highlights Late Third Set Comeback to Lift Volleyball Past Salve Regina
    September 28, 2017
    Newport, RI --- Junior Casey Hunt (Granby, CT) tallied a match-best 15 kills, including two down the stretch, to go along with 11 digs as WPI snapped a three-game skid with a 3-0 triumph at Salve Regina in a non-conference volleyball matchup Thursday night in the Rodgers Recreation Center, which recently welcomed the Celtics mini-camp.
  • Mount Holyoke Stuns Volleyball in Five Set NEWMAC Triumph
    September 26, 2017
    WORCESTER – Mount Holyoke sophomore Sasha Simine (Kitchener, Ontario) led all student athletes with 15 kills, a .412 attack percentage and five aces to go with five block assists as the Lyons came from behind to defeat host WPI, 3-2 (9-25, 17-25, 25-14, 25-19, 15-4), in a NEWMAC Women’s Volleyball matchup Tuesday night in the Sports & Recreation Center.
  • Wellesley Hands Women’s Volleyball 3-1 NEWMAC Setback
    September 23, 2017
    WORCESTER – Wellesley junior Michelle Li (Scarsdale, NY) waited until the final point to hand out her 2,000th career assist in a 3-1 (25-18, 21-25, 25-16, 25-20) NEWMAC Volleyball triumph over host WPI Saturday in Harrington Auditorium.
  • Volleyball Tipped by UMass Boston in Entertaining Road Matchup
    September 21, 2017
    Boston, MA --- With a combined 22 kills from Emilia Czapiewska (Saint Paul, MN) and Eileen Shi (San Francisco, CA) UMass Boston earned its fifth straight victory as the Beacons defeated the Engineers of WPI by the final of 3-1 (25-20, 18-25, 25-21, 25-20) Thursday evening at the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.
  • Klepper Keys Volleyball’s First NEWMAC Win of Season Versus Smith
    September 19, 2017
    WORCESTER -- Senior Brooke Klepper (Miami Beach, FL) hit .714 with two block assists as WPI defeated Smith, 3-0 (25-23, 25-11, 25-11), in a NEWMAC Women’s Volleyball match Tuesday night in Harrington Auditorium.
  • Volleyball Edged by Springfield in Five-Set Heartbreaker on the Road
    September 16, 2017
    Springfield, MA --- The Springfield College women's volleyball team battled to a five-set win over visiting WPI in NEWMAC action on Saturday in venerable Blake Arena.  The Pride prevailed by the scores of 23-25, 25-20, 25-23, 18-25, 15-12.
  • Volleyball Fends Off Five Set Woes in Non-Conference Action Versus Western New England
    September 14, 2017
    WORCESTER -- Senior Melissa Daigle (Norfolk, MA) and freshman Sarah Kwatinetz (Seattle, WA) were key down the stretch in a 3-2 victory over visiting Western New England in a women’s volleyball contest inside Harrington Auditorium.
  • Volleyball Shoulders Three Set Setback to Babson in NEWMAC Opener
    September 12, 2017
    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.
  • Freshmen Help Fuel Volleyball Split With Wentworth and Mount Ida
    September 09, 2017
    Boston, MA --- The WPI volleyball team split a trimatch Saturday with a 3-0 (25-12, 25-21, 25-20) win versus Mount Ida and suffered a five-set setback (27-29, 27-25, 25-14, 18-25, 11-15) to Wentworth.
  • WPI Poly Club Inducts Six into Athletics HOF; Abraham Named Harrington Honoree
    September 08, 2017
    The WPI Athletic Department, Poly Club, and Hall of Fame Selection Committee is proud to announce its 35th Class, the Class of 2017. The six newest members were inducted on Friday, September 8th as part of Homecoming Weekend.
  • Wetmore Helps Deliver Volleyball’s First Win and Three Setter of 2017
    September 06, 2017
    WORCESTER – Freshman Amanda Wetmore (Hudson, NH) led all student-athletes with 16 kills and two block assists to help lead WPI into the win column with a 3-0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-14) decision over visiting Anna Maria Wednesday night in Harrington Auditorium.
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