Heartbreak City: Volleyball Drops a Pair of Five-Set Matches at Wesleyan Tri

Elyssa Dorenfeld

Middleton, CT --- WPI went the distance twice in volleyball on Saturday afternoon and lost both matches in five sets at a tri-meet hosted by Wesleyan.  The Engineers fell to Western New England 25-14, 25-16, 23-25, 18-25, 15-7 before suffering a similar fate to the host Cardinals by a count of 29-27, 22-25, 25-21, 24-26, 15-12.  Elyssa Dorenfeld (Reading, MA) registered a double-double in both matches for the Boynton Hillers. 

In WPI's opening match against Western New England, the Crimson and Gray nearly rallied from an 0-2 deficit against Golden Bears.  Juniors Tyler Singh (Dumont, NJ) and Maureen Pollet (Dix Hills, NY) led the Western New England (20-5) offense with 10 kills apiece, while Heather Mears (Amherst, MA) contributed 34 assists.  Grace Kucharski (Avon, CT) led her team in digs, this time with 20. 

The Engineers' offensive efforts were led by Dorenfeld's match-high 16 kills, while Alyssa Fidanza (Ellington, CT) contributed 35 assists.  Lauren D'Angelo (Wallingford, CT) accumulated 16 digs, followed closely by Dorenfeld's 14 digs.   Jenny Wallace (Holden, MA) smacked 10 kills and Kerrin Beovich (Seaford, NY) and Belinda Nwagbara (Santa Rosa, CA) each added nine while Holly Ganser (Seward, AK) totaled three block assists. 

In the final match of the afternoon, WPI found itself behind against, this time trailing 1-0 and 2-1.  Despite trailing by as many as six points near the end of the fourth set, WPI was able to fight back by scoring six straight points to close out the set and force a fifth.  Wesleyan won the match, however, led by junior Monica Leslie's (Newton, MA) match-high 18 kills and freshman Sofia Davila's (Encino, CA) team-high 18 digs. 

WPI's offense was led by Dorenfeld, who registered 14 kills and Bailey Sarber (Westerly, RI), Nwagbara and Beovich, who chipped in with 11, 9 and 8 respectively.  Their defense was highlighted by D'Angelo, who had 20 digs, and Dorenfeld, who had 18.  Alex Rangel (Weston, FL) handed out a team-best 26 assists. 

Western New England opened the day by knocking off Wesleyan by a score of 3-1 (24-26, 25-14, 25-9, 25-14).  Singh of the Golden Bears led her team with 15 kills.  She was aided by Mears, who registered a match-high 39 assists.  Kucharski led the team on defense with 12 digs.  Singh also contributed in the blocking game, registering one solo and five assisted blocks. 

The Cardinals offense was led by Leslie, who scored a team-high 13 kills, and their defense was highlighted by the 11 digs of freshman Brenna Tharnstrom (Pacific Palisades, CA). 

Following today's matches, Western New England's record improves to 20-5.  Wesleyan's record is now 8-13, while WPI falls to 17-8.  

Western New England sees its next action on Wednesday, Oct. 24, as they travel to face CCC rival Roger Williams in Bristol, R.I.  Wesleyan's next contest also comes on Oct. 24 as they visit Eastern Connecticut in Willimantic, Conn.  WPI's next match is at home on Tuesday, Oct. 23, as they take on NEWMAC rival Springfield.

Release Courtesy Wesleyan Sports Information