Newport, RI --- Amanda Wetmore (Hudson, NH), Suela Miloshi (Needham, MA), Catherine Reynolds (Concord, NH) and Sarah Kwatinetz (Seattle, WA) all handed in a career best as WPI rallied from a 7-1 deficit in the fifth set to defeat host Salve Regina, 3-2 (23-25, 25-16, 26-28, 25-13, 15-13), in a non-conference women's volleyball contest Thursday night in the Rodgers Recreation Center.
The Engineers, who are now 1-1 in five-setters on the season, moves to 7-5 on the year while the Seahawks slip to 5-9. Oddly enough both five set matches were against teams from the CCC.
Wetmore hit .436 and finished with 21 kills while Miloshi came up with 19 digs and Reynolds fueled her sixth consecutive double-double, and 10th of the season, with 18 digs and a career-high-tying 43 assists. Kwatinetz added five solo blocks to go with 14 swipes. Abbie Gilbert (Hopkinton, MA) chipped in with nine kills and Colleen Mullins (Andover, MA) recorded 14 digs.
The Seahawks were led by Annie Donahue (Chelmsford, MA) with 13 kills, followed by Mia Lang (Wantagh, NY) and Andee Bender (Lebanon, CT) with 11 each. Olivia Noonan (Rochester, NH) logged an assist-dig double-double with 39 and 11, respectively, and served up four aces. Katie Linekin (Ridgefield, CT) and Nicole Karabaich (Greenlawn, NY) each contributed 20 digs in the effort.
Trailing 7-1 in the fifth set, a kill by Kwatinetz sparked a 5-1 rally to cut the deficit to 8-6. After back-to-back swipes by Bender, Wetmore sandwiched an attack miscue with kills to put the Engineers in front 10-9. The teams then traded sideouts until the match was tied at 13-13. An attack error and a swipe by Gilbert sealed the victory for the Crimson and Gray.
After a close opening set that went to the hosts, WPI rebounded prior an extended third set. The Engineers then had no trouble forcing the fifth set.
The Crimson and Gray return to Harrington Auditorium Saturday for a 1pm first serve versus Wellesley. Salve Regina heads to Curry for an 11am start, also on Saturday.