Volleyball Matches Best Start in Program History with Three Wins at Pride Invitational

Joan Porambo

WPI 3, Regis 0

WPI 3, Norwich 0

WPI 3, Salem State 0

Weston, MA --- Senior co-captain Becca Holmberg (Madison, CT) registered 24 kills and 19 digs over three games, leading WPI to three victories at the Regis College Pride Invitational in non-conference volleyball action 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.

In the opening game, WPI defeated Regis 25-20, 25-12 and 25-23, paced by Bailey Sarber's (Westerly, RI) nine kills and 27 assists from Alex Rangel (Weston, FL). Holmberg had seven kills and 10 digs in the opener, while Lauren D'Angelo (Wallingford, CT) added 10 digs for the Crimson and Gray. Holmberg also led the way with three of her six service aces in game one, while Kerrin Beovich (Seaford, NY) led the Engineers' defensive effort with three blocks.

Game two saw WPI notch its second victory of the day, as the Engineers downed Norwich 25-11, 25-17 and 25-21 to improve to 3-0 on the season. Holmberg and Sarber led the Engineers in kills again in game two, recording 12 and 10 respectively. Rangel once again had 27 assists for the victors, while Joan Porambo (Jim Thorpe, PA) registered a team-high 16 digs on the day.

The Engineers tied the school mark for the fastest start in game three, a 25-8, 25-21, 25-18 win over Salem State. Elyssa Dorenfeld (Reading,MA) paced WPI with six kill, while Holmberg and Beovich added five each. Kim Woodward (Clifton Park,NY) contributed 24 assists for WPI, while Val Boutin (Salem, NH) led the Engineers with five digs.

WPI is back in action on Sunday, when they will play three more games in the Regis Tournament. The Engineers will take on Worcester State at 9am before facing Rhode Island College at 11am and St. Joseph's (ME) at 1:30pm.

Game 1 Boxscore

Game 2 Boxscore

Game 3 Boxscore

Story by Ray Cotrufo - Sports Information Correspondent