WPI President Dennis Berkey and members of the WPI Board of Trustees, along with the Moonraker 2.0 robot, broke ground today for a 145,000-square-foot sports and recreation center. The new center will be built into the hillside at the west end of the WPI Quadrangle and is designed to meet LEED certification standards. The facility is scheduled to open in August 2012.
Babson Park, MA --- The 2009 NEWMAC All-Academic Volleyball Team was announced Wednesday and includes senior Becca Holmberg. This marked the third straight year Holmberg achieved this mark. She was also honored earlier this fall with her second straight selection to the first team of the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District I team.
Worcester, MA --- For the second straight year, WPI outside hitter Becca Holmberg has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District I first team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (Co-SIDA). The senior joins five other honorees in the College Division, which is comprised of NCAA Division II and III and NAIA programs in New England, New York and Eastern Canada. By being named first team, Holmberg advances to the national ballot.
Wellesley, MA --- Wellesley volleyball advanced to the NEWMAC semifinals with a 3-0 win over WPI this evening at Keohane Sports Center. The Engineers close out their season at 22-8. The 22 wins are the fourth most in program history and the highest in 21 years. Wellesley, 21-9 overall, will face Springfield in the NEWMAC semifinals at 7:30 Friday evening at MIT.
Worcester, MA --- Bailey Sarber tallied 19 kills and 16 digs to lift WPI to a thrilling 3-2 victory over visiting Wheaton in a key NEWMAC volleyball match-up on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Engineers earn the final spot in the NEWMAC Tournament, qualifying for the postseason for the first time since 2005.
Leicester, MA --- Eight different WPI players tallied multiple kills en route to a 3-0 road win over Becker in non-conference volleyball action on Thursday night. The Engineers, 21-7 overall and winners of 19 of 20 non-conference matches this season, took the win by scores of 25-10, 25-14, 25-9. Becker slips to 9-16 on the year.
Worcester, MA --- Becca Holmberg led with a team-best five kills as Volleyball fell to host Springfield 3-0 in NEWMAC Volleyball action Tuesday evening. Belinda Nwagbara, Bailey Sarber, and Elyssa Dorenfeld each added four kills. Kim Woodward handed out 18 assists and Joan Porambo recorded eight digs on the evening.
Quincy, MA --- Belinda Nwagbara had a team-high 14 kills over two matches, helping the WPI women's volleyball team to a pair of victories in a non-conference tri-match on Saturday at Eastern Nazarene. The Engineers defeated the hosts in the opener 3-0 before taking another 3-0 sweep over Husson. The Engineers now stand at 20-6 on the season, marking only the fifth time that the team has reached the 20-win plateau.
Worcester, MA --- WPI rallied to take games four and five and claim its second straight victory over host Clark with a 3-2 win in NEWMAC womens volleyball action on Tuesday night at the Kneller Athletic Center. WPI was paced by Becca Holmberg, who turned in a 16-kill, 23-dig performance. She was aided by freshmen Bailey Sarbers 10 kills and 17 digs and Belinda Nwagbaras 15 kills.
Worcester, MA --- WPIs Becca Holmberg notched her 1,000th career dig, but it was not enough as visiting MIT defeated the Crimson and Gray 3-1 in a NEWMAC volleyball contest on Tuesday evening. Bailey Sarber led the way with nine kills and 15 digs while Holmberg collected seven kills and a game-best 19 digs.
Worcester MA --- Rebekah Dion tallied eight kills and six blocks to propel visiting Roger Williams to a 3-1 victory over WPI in non-conference volleyball action on Thursday evening. Bailey Sarber and Becca Holmberg amassed nine and seven
kills respectively for WPI, who was defeated for the first time in 18 non-conference contests this fall.
Worcester MA --- Senior Bethany Weiss registered 10 kills to go along with four blocks and a ace to lead visiting Smith to a 3-1 victory over WPI in NEWMAC volleyball action Tuesday night. Freshman Bailey Sarber led the charge for the Engineers coming up with a double-double of 14 kills and 14 digs. Alex Rangel turned in 16 assists on the evening while tookie Belinda Nwagbara aided the Crimson attack with five kills and a pair of blocks.
Buzzards Bay, MA --- Bailey Sarber led a balanced effort for WPI, leading the WPI women's volleyball team to a pair of victories in a non-conference tri-match on Saturday at Mass Maritime Academy. The Engineers defeated the Buccaneers 3-0 in the opening match before taking another 3-0 win over Mitchell. The two wins boost WPI's record to 17-3 on the season. The Engineers' 17 victories are the program's second most since 1988.
Worcester, MA --- Host WPI posted an impressive .476 hitting percentage en route to a 3-0 victory over non-conference opponent Pine Manor Thursday night at Harrington Auditorium. WPI, winners of 14 straight non-conference contests, improves to 15-3. Five different WPI players shared game high honors with three kills including Kerrin Beovich, Bailey Sarber, and Belinda Nwagbara who each had three attacks in just three attempts.
Wellesley, MA --- Wellesley volleyball stretched its winning streak to four matches this evening with a 3-0 win over visiting WPI. The victory lifts the Blue to 7-4 overall, 2-1 in NEWMAC competition. WPI drops to 14-3, 1-3 in conference play. For WPI, Sarber had a team-high five kills while Alex Rangel recorded 16 assists. Becca Holmberg led all players with 15 digs, with Joan Porambo and Sarber adding 13 and 12 respectively.
Paxton, MA --- Bailey Sarber smashed 28 kills and recorded 14 digs over two games to lead the WPI women's volleyball team to a pair of victories in a non-conference tri-match on Friday. The Engineers defeated Anna Maria 3-0 (25-14, 25-15, 25-16) in the opening match before taking a 3-0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-14) win over Daniel Webster. With the wins, the Crimson and Gray improve to 14-2 overall on the season.
South Hadley, MA --- Led by first year outside hitter Bailey Sarber, the WPI women's volleyball team downed New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) foe Mount Holyoke College 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-19) this evening at the Mildred Howard Gymnasium. Sarber posted a double-double on 14 kills and 14 digs for the Engineers, who earned their first league win of the 2009 campaign.
Babson Park, MA -- Babson sophomore Meg Flaherty led all players with 12 kills to lead the Beavers to a 3-0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-18) victory over visiting WPI in NEWMAC womens volleyball action on Saturday. The Engineers fell for just the second time this season to drop to 11-2 overall and 0-2 in the NEWMAC. WPI was paced in defeat by senior Becca Holmberg, who amassed 10 kills and 12 digs, and sophomore Kim Woodward, who dished out 15 assists.
Worcester MA --- Sophomore Joan Porambo led all players with 29 digs to help host WPI defeat RIC 3-2 in non-conference volleyball action on Thursday evening. The Engineers took the match by scores of 25-10, 25-23, 26-28, 21-25 and 15-6. Reeling after dropping sets three and four, WPI scored the first five points of the fifth set and never trailed. The Engineers totaled four kills and did not make an error on 13 attempts in the decisive set.
Worcester MA --- Freshman Keriann Mason notched a double-double to lead visiting Coast Guard to a 3-0 victory over WPI in a battle of unbeaten teams at Harrington Auditorium on Tuesday night. Rookie Kerrin Beovich led the charge for the Crimson and Gray with six kills and no errors in 15 attempts. Alex Rangel turned in 11 assists and seven digs
Worcester, MA --- Led by MVP Bailey Sarber, the WPI Women's Volleyball team extended its school-record start with a pair of victories to claim the programs sixth Worcester City Tournament championship on Saturday at Clark University. The Engineers improved to 10-0 following a 3-1 win over Assumption and a 3-0 win over NEWMAC rival Clark in the championship. Sarber was dominant, with 31 kills and 28 digs over the two games.
Chicopee, MA --- WPI received a match-high 16-kill effort from Bailey Sarber to help lift the Engineers to a 3-0 (22-25, 11-25, 19-25) sweep of Elms Thursday evening's non-conference volleyball match at Picknelly Arena. WPI remains unbeaten and moves to 8-0 on the season to continue the squad's best start to a season in program history. They will face D-II Assumption in a Worcester City Tourmaent semifinal match on Saturday at 11am.
Babson Park, MA --- Rebecca Holmberg has earned NEWMAC Player of the Week accolades in women's volleyball. The senior co-captain was outstanding as she helped WPI to seven consecutive wins to start the season, a new program record.
Holmberg began the week by registering 17 kills and 21 digs to help visiting WPI rally for a thrilling 3-2 victory over Simmons on Tuesday.
Weston, MA --- The WPI Women's Volleyball team continued its run at the Pride Invitational hosted by Regis College on Sunday, defeating Worcester State, Rhode Island College and St. Joseph's (ME) en route to the tournament title. The wins establish a new school record for the longest winning streak to begin a season, as the team improved to 7-0 on the year.
Weston, MA --- Senior co-captain Becca Holmberg registered 24 kills and 19 digs over three games, leading WPI to three victories at the Pride Invitational Saturday afternoon. The Engineers won all three games in straight sets, defeating host Regis, Norwich and Salem State en route to tying the best start in program history (4-0). The 1988 team also began its campaign with a 4-0 mark.
Boston, MA --- Senior co-captain Becca Holmberg registered 17 kills and 21 digs to help visiting WPI rally for a thrilling 3-2 victory over Simmons in non-conference women's volleyball action on Tuesday evening. The result made a winner in the Division III debut of WPI head coach Alex Temkin.