Mullins & Kwatinetz Key Women’s Volleyball’s Split with Springfield & Salem State

Kassidy Utheim and Azita Bakhtyari
Kassidy Utheim and Azita Bakhtyari

WORCESTER – Senior Azita Bakhtyari (Andover, MA) narrowly missed two double-doubles on the day, and junior Colleen Mullins (Andover, MA) and sophomore Sarah Kwatinetz (Seattle, WA) each tallied 10 kills in the nightcap, as the WPI women's volleyball team split a twinbill with Springfield and Salem State Saturday afternoon inside Harrington Auditorium. The Pride took the NEWMAC match 25-16, 25-22, 25-21 and the Engineers prevailed 3-1 (25-9, 25-18, 21-25, 25-17) in the final match of the day.

WPI moves to 8-2 overall and 0-2 in NEWMAC action while Springfield remains unbeaten at 9-0 and 2-0 and Salem State evens out at 4-4.

Bakhtyari registered 20 digs and 17 assists against the Pride and 31 assists and eight digs versus the Vikings. The opener also saw senior Casey Hunt (Granby, CT) handle 14 digs while Mullins led the Engineers with six kills. Senior Victoria Nassar (Atkinson, NH) posted a match-best 14 digs in the finale.

Senior Jen Donnelly (Exeter, RI) handed in a double-double of 15 digs and 10 kills for Spingfield as freshman Briana Tovar (Tucson, AZ) and senior Hayley Kmetz (Ardsley, NY), matched Donnelly's dig and kill sums, respectively. Kmetz was also a dig shy of a double-double and freshman Sara Labadorf (Huntersville, NC) doled out 28 assists.

Salem State was led by sophomore Darcy McDowell (Goshen, NY) with 12 digs and eight kills. Junior Morgan Adams (Scotia, NY) amassed 23 of 28 of the Vikings assists.

WPI begins a road tour of the NEWMAC-based Seven Sisters institutions Tuesday at Smith. First serve is slated for 7pm. Springfield returns to the city Tuesday for a 7pm meeting at Clark, and Salem State plays the first of four consecutive home games beginning with Lesley Monday at 7pm.