Mullins and Daigle Deliver in Volleyball’s Hall of Fame Classic Opener

Brooke Klepper and Melissa Daigle

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.

WPI ups its record to 9-15 and will face NCAA regionally-ranked Bowdoin along with Amherst at Amherst tomorrow at 11am and 3pm, respectively. The Bantams (6-11) also make their way to Amherst for a 1pm meeting with Brandeis and a 3pm start versus regionally-ranked Wellesley.

Mullins led the way with 13 kills to go with 14 digs, three aces and three assists. Senior Melissa Daigle (Norfolk, MA) tied her season best with 12 kills in addition to seven digs, three aces and a block assist. Senior Brooke Klepper (Miami Beach, FL) and freshman Sarah Kwatinetz (Seattle, WA) each added 11 swipes for the Engineers. Junior Azita Bakhtyari (Andover, MA) logged 42 of 49 assists. Junior Victoria Nassar (Salem, NH) totaled 30 digs as Bakhtyari and senior Ann Kaczowka (Seekonk, MA) came up with 14 apiece, and junior Casey Hunt (Granby, CT) added 10. Kwatinetz and Bakhtyari also combined for seven block assists. Bolstered by a .345 second set, WPI outhit the Bantams in all four frames with an overall margin of .241 to .038.

Freshman Jessica Yang (Pacific Palisades, CA) was Trinity's primary setter with 26 of 30 helpers and also led the team with 18 digs. Sophomore Colette Scheffers (Flossmoor, IL), junior Rachel Underwood (Danville, CA) and sophomore Wyllie Boughton (Andover, MA) also had double-digit digs with 15, 13, and 10, respectively.

The first set was even six times, including as late as 21-21. An Underwood kill and a Boughton service ace, combined with an Engineer miscue gave the Bantams the 24-21 advantage. A kill by Daigle extended the set; however, senior Claudia Varner (Port Washington, NY) swung the door shut.

WPI dominated the second set, which featured a pair of lengthy runs. In a closer third set, the Engineers reeled off nine of the last 11 points. The Boynton Hillers turned a 2-0 deficit into a 6-2 lead in the fourth on their way to the victory. Trinity, however, made it interesting by reaching the 20-point mark and staving off three match points.