Volleyball Wins Twice to Claim First Worcester City Title Since 2009

Lauren DAngelo

Worcester, MA --- Senior Lauren D'Angelo (Wallington, CT) totaled 49 digs over two games for WPI as she helped the Engineers post a 2-0 record Worcester City Tournament tri-match hosted by Worcester State at the Lancer Gym.

With the win the Crimson and Gray claim their seventh City Tournament title, since the tournament started in 1984, and their first since 2009. WPI opens up NEWMAC play Tuesday evening at defending conference co-champion Coast Guard.

WPI 3, Worcester State 0 

Senior teammates Kerrin Beovich (Seaford, NY) and Elyssa Dorenfeld (Reading, MA) combined for 15 kills to help lead WPI to a 3-0 triumph in the final match of the afternoon. 

The Engineers (6-2) edged the Lancers (2-4) in three consecutive closely contested sets, 25-22, 25-21 and 25-20. 

WPI would have to rally in the first set, to earn the hard-fought triumph. Down 18-14, the Crimson and Gray knotted the score 20-20 and went on a 5-2 run to close out the opening frame. 

Other standouts for the Boynton Hillers included D'Angelo who put up a tournament-best 25 digs in the finale while Dorenfeld chipped in with 16 for the double-double. Fourth-year Alex Rangel (Weston, FL) contributed 19 assists and teammate Alyssa Findanza (Ellington, CT) dished out nine. 

The Lancers were paced by senior Becky Lebel (Millbury, MA) who had a match-best nine kills as junior Vicki O'Brien (Canton, MA) added a season-high 21 digs. In addition to her solid day on the court, she would finish with one solo block and a pair of block assists. 

Third-year Megan Brown (Dartmouth, MA) rounded out the standouts for the Blue and Gold with 13 digs. 

Beovich also contributed three of her team's six block assists in the win. 

WPI 3, Clark 0

Senior Belinda Nwagbara (Santa Rosa, CA) and Beovich both tallied nine kills apiece as they helped lead WPI to a 3-0 victory over Clark in the second contest. 

The Crimson and Gray (5-2) handed the Cougars (4-2) three consecutive setbacks by scores of 25-18, 25-19 and 26-24. 

In the third set, WPI looked to close out the match with 22-18 advantage, but behind some solid serving by sophomore Mel Conde (Union City, CA), Clark went on a 6-0 spurt to threaten with set-point (24-22). But WPI would rattle off three consecutive points on a block assist by Beovich and senior Jocelyn Close (Ellington, CT), a solo block by Close and the match clincher by freshman Jenny Wallace (Holden, MA). 

Rangel and Findaza combined to hand out 31 assists as D'Angelo registered a game-best 24 digs. Dorenfeld also had 17 digs, four kills and three service aces in the win for the Engineers. 

For Clark, freshman Shannon Glass-Smythe (Albuquerque, NM) and Conde finished with ten and nine kills, respectively, as junior Rachel Spera (N. Hollywood, CA) doled out 23 assists. 

Glass-Smythe and Spera both combined for 24 digs in the setback for the Cougars. 


Clark 3, Worcester State 1

Glass-Smythe and Conde both recorded double-doubles for Clark as the Cougars would post a 3-1 win over Worcester State in the opener. 

Clark took the 25-17 victory in the first set before Worcester State rallied for the 26-24 triumph in the second. But the Cougars would notch consecutive winning decisions to seal the match (25-21 and 25-9). 

Glass-Smythe finished with 15 kills and 18 digs as Conde contributed 13 kills and 11 digs. Others with double-digit dig totals included sophomore Kaitlyn Stuck (Bourne, MA) who had a tournament best 26 digs and Spera who had 10. Sprea also stood-out with 37 assists. 

The Lancers were once again propelled by Lebel who finished with 10 kills while O'Brien added 20 digs. Freshman Jennifer Cabral (Swansea, MA) pitched in with 11 digs and sophomore Alyssa Jasper (Rockland, MA) notched eight kills. Sophomore Amanda Lewis (Poughkeepsie, NY) dished 27 assists. 

The Cougars had eight service aces and 12 block assists in the win.

Release Courtesy Worcester State Sports Information