Volleyball Sweeps Tri-Match Over Husson and Eastern Nazarene

Belinda Nwagbara

WPI 3, Eastern Nazarene 0

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WPI 3, Husson 0

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Quincy, MA --- Belinda Nwagbara (Santa Rosa, CA) 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 (25-9, 25-18, 25-11) before taking another 3-0 (25-15, 25-13, 25-7) sweep over Husson. The Engineers now stand at 20-6 on the season with just three matches left prior to conference tournament play.

The wins mark only the fifth time in program history that the team has reached the 20-win plateau. The 1998 team won 21 matches. WPI improved its record to 18-1 in non-conference action in 2009.

In the opening match versus Eastern Nazarene, Nwagbara paved the way with a match-best eight kills. Becca Mattern (Vernon, CT) had six kills in only seven chances for an impressive .857 attack percentage. Elyssa Dorenfeld (Reading, MA) also had six kills, while Becca Holmberg (Madison, CT) recorded five. Holmberg and Joan Porambo (Jim Thorpe, PA) led the WPI effort with 15 digs each while Alex Rangel (Weston, FL) had 26 assists. The Crimson and Gray blasted five service aces in the win.

The Engineers kept their momentum going in the later match, also defeating Husson 3-0 (25-11, 25-19, 25-16). WPI was successful due in large part to its serve, as the team recorded an eye-popping 14 service aces including five from Holmberg and four from Nwagbara. Bailey Sarber (Westerly, RI) led WPI's attack, recording eight kills in the win, while Nwagbara had six and Holmberg had five. Holmberg also led the team with eight digs, while Kim Woodward (Clifton Park, NY) set the table with 19 assists.

WPI returns to the court on Tuesday when they will travel to Springfield to take on the pride in a NEWMAC contest at 7pm.

Story by Ray Cotrufo - Sports Information Correspondent