NORTON, MA --- Gearing up for the NEWMAC playoffs, the women's volleyball team defeated Wheaton 3-0 (6-25, 17-25, 23-25) on the road in Emerson Gymnasium. With the loss, Wheaton finished its season at 10-22 overall and 2-7 in the league while the Engineers finish the regular season at 19-8 and 5-4 in the NEWMAC.
Senior Rachel Vergara (Needham, MA) finished with six kills for the hosts, while freshmen Kendall Jacobs (San Diego, CA) and Deirdre Wilson (Aptos, CA) added five and four, respectively.
First-year setters Jackie Kochiss (Milford, CT) and Page Gustofson (South Lake Tahoe, CA) contributed nine and seven assists, respectively.
Senior Frances Trimble (Rapid City, SD) notched a team-high nine digs, and Wilson and senior Christina Cannon (Milford, NH) had six each.
WPI senior Bailey Sarber (Westerly, RI) accounted for nine kills, while classmate Kerrin Beovich (Seaford, NY) finished with seven.
Senior Alex Rangel (Weston, FL) and junior Alyssa Fidanza (Ellington, CT) registered 17 and 13 assists, respectively.
Senior Lauren D'Angelo (Wallingford, CT) turned in a match-high 12 digs, while Fidanza added eight.
In the opening set, the Engineers turned a modest 6-4 lead into a quick 18-5 advantage before scoring the contest's final seven points on the strength of Beovich's service.
Wheaton hung around in the second set, as eight ties ensued between the teams, including at 13-all. However, WPI took a 17-13 lead and didn't look back.
The Lyons led for the bulk of the third set, including holding a 17-11 advantage, but the Engineers responded and knotted the contest at 18. Five more ties transpired before a Wheaton service error and Sarber kill completed the WPI sweep.
WPI now advances to next week's NEWMAC Tournament where they will face Coast guard onthe road in a quarterfinal on Tuesday at 7pm.
Release courtesy of Wheaton sports information.