Hunt Highlights Late Third Set Comeback to Lift Volleyball Past Salve Regina

Casey Hunt

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.

Both teams end the night with a 5-9 overall record.

Trailing 23-19 in the third, Hunt began the match-clinching six-point run with a swipe. She then served up the next five points and registered another kill along with senior Melissa Daigle (Norfolk, MA). Three of the points were awarded for miscues, including the final point that was blocked by senior Brooke Klepper (Miami Beach, FL).

The first set was 1-1 before the Engineers took the lead for good courtesy of Hunt's first kill of the night. The Seahawks led the second and third set 3-0 only to see the Engineers tie it right up. The Crimson and Gray overcame a four-point deficit in the second and was only behind twice the rest of the stanza. Each side tied up the set with WPI knotting it at 10 and Salve Regina evening it up at 17.

Junior Azita Bakhtyari (Andover, MA) delivered 34 of 35 assists and 10 digs. Junior Victoria Nassar (Salem, NH) shared game-best honors with 19 digs as senior Ann Kaczowka (Seekonk, MA) came up with 15 and classmate Kelly Rathje (Scituate, MA) chipped in with 12.

Sophomore Victoria Schwendeman (Glen Rock, NJ), sophomore Annie Donahue (Chelmsford, MA) and junior Kendall Wilcox (Pomfret, CT) combined for 21 of the Seahawks 27 swipes. Senior Samantha Salwa (Ellington, CT) posted a double-double of 20 helpers and 14 digs. Junior Cassidy Trabilcy (Phoenix, AZ) was the other student-athlete with 19 digs to go with 15 from classmate Sydney Puffer (Kittery, ME).

WPI is in Boston Saturday for a noon NEWMAC match versus host Emerson and a non-conference tilt with Pine Manor at 2pm. Salve Regina entertains Worcester State and Bay Path for a pair of non-conference matches at 9:30am and 1:30pm, respectively.