Sizzling Start Sparks Volleyball Past Mount Holyoke

Bailey Sarber

Worcester, MA --- Bailey Sarber (Westerly, RI) and Belinda Nwagbara (Santa Rosa, CA) combined for 15 kills without an error and Alex Rangel (Weston, FL) rattled off seven aces to spark host WPI to an impressive 3-0 triumph over Mount Holyoke in a NEWMAC volleyball contest played on Thursday evening. 

The Engineers took the match by scores of 25-14, 25-7 25-15 en route to improving to 15-5 on the season and 4-2 in conference play.  Mount Holyoke is now 7-10 and 1-5 in NEWMAC action. 

The hosts got off to sizzling starts in all three sets, trailing only 1-0 in the opening stanza and 2-0 in the closing set.  The Crimson and Gray particularly shined in the second set, jumping out to a 21-1 advantage behind eight service points Sarber and 11 from Rangel, who served up five aces during the spurt.     

Sarber shared game-high kills honors with eight kills in 11 attempts (.727 hitting percentage) while Nwagbara smacked seven kills in 12 tries (.583 hitting percentage).  Joan Porambo (Jim Thorpe, PA) led the defensive charge with 15 digs while Sarber and Elyssa Dorenfeld (Reading, MA) each were credited with five.  

Rangel and Kim Woodward (Clifton Park, NY) dished out 15 and nine assists respectively and Alyssa Fidanza (Ellington, CT), Kerrin Beovich (Seaford, NY) and Dorenfeld all cranked four kills.  

Martina Keneifel (Oro Valley, AZ) paced Mount Holyoke with eight kills.  The sophomore filled the stat sheets with six digs and four block assists.   Samantha Rosado (Meriden, CT) topped the Lyons with eight digs while Kaleen Iwema (Wadsworth, IL) added seven.  Mollyanne Fitzpatrick (Round Rock, TX) and Alison Chu (Old Tappan, NJ) combined to hand out nine assists and Tyler Protano-Goodwin (Shutesbury, MA) chipped in with three block assists.     

Both teams are back in action on Saturday playing multiple matches on the road.  WPI heads to Providence for a 10am tri-match with host Rhode Island College and Manhattanville while Mount Holyoke ventures to Smith to take on Little East Conference members Keene State and Plymouth State beginning at noon.