South Hadley, MA --- Led by junior outside hitter Colleen Mullins (Andover, MA), WPI volleyball hit a season-high .388 as the Engineers posted a 3-0 (25-7, 25-11, 25-17) straight-set victory in NEWMAC action on Tuesday evening. The win moves the Engineers to 10-3 overall and 2-3 in conference play. The Lyons are now 6-6 and 0-5 in the NEWMAC.
After making a statement in the opening set with a 25-7 win, the Engineers came out hot once again in the second frame as a pair of kills from Mullins (Andover, MA) put the visitors up by a 12-4 margin. WPI capitalized on a number of MHC errors, eventually pushing the margin to 20-8 on a Lyons' ball handling error, but Mount Holyoke senior captain Sarah Caggiano (Leonardtown, MD) cut the gap to 24-11 with a pair of strikes. Despite the momentum, WPI saw sophomore middle hitter Amanda Wetmore (Hudson, NH) lay down the final kill for the set win.
In the third set, the Engineers jumped out to a 6-1 lead behind three kills and a number of Lyons' errors, but the home team battled back as a kill from senior outside hitter Isabell Linde (Red Bank, NJ) tied the set at 14-all. WPI charged back into the lead behind four kills from Mullins for a 19-15 lead, along with an advantage that the visitors would not relinquish for the match win.
WPI also saw Mullins post a match-best six service aces, adding three digs and a block assist. Sophomore middle hitter Sarah Kwatinetz (Seattle, WA) had six kills, while senior setter Azita Bakhtyari (Andover, MA) posted a match-high 30 assists to go along with 14 digs. Wetmore and junior Abbie Gilbert (Hopkinton, MA) both had four kills and senior Casey Hunt (Granby, CT) amassed three kills and 11 digs.
For Mount Holyoke, senior captain Jamesa Allen (Orlando, FL) had five kills. Caggiano added four kills, while rookie outside hitter Sarah Bishop (Rutland, MA) had four kills as well. Sophomore setter Brayden Walden (McKinney, TX) added 15 assists, while senior libero Cameron Graham (Sarasota, F) recorded a match-high 17 digs.
MHC returns to action on Friday when it welcomes MIT for a 6pm conference tilt. WPI is back on the court on Thursday, hosting Salve Regina at 7pm.
Release Courtesy Mount Holyoke Sports Information