Worcester, MA --- Wheaton sophomore Elise Waelder (San Diego, CA) narrowly missed a pair of double-doubles as the Lyons posted a 2-0 record in a volleyball tri-match that also included Westfield State (1-1) and host WPI (0-2) on Saturday afternoon in Harrington Auditorium.
The Lyons topped the hosts, 3-0 (25-18, 25-14, 25-13), and the Owls, 3-1 (25-22, 25-12, 24-26, 25-23). The final match of the day saw Westfield State post a 3-0 (25-20, 28-26, 25-19) victory over WPI.
With the results, Wheaton is now 8-6 overall and 1-0 in NEWMAC action while Westfield State is 9-5 on the season. The Engineers now sit at 5-6 on the year and 0-2 in conference play.
Wheaton, who led from whistle to whistle, was paced by Waelder with a .733 hitting percentage to go with 12 kills and eight digs. Sophomore Deirdre Wilson (Aptos, CA) recorded 25 assists for the Lyons. Freshman Kenzie Whalen (Hollis, NH) and senior Sarah Cook (New Paltz, NY) each had five kills for WPI. Freshman Caroline Meyer (Easton, MA) chipped in with eight helpers.
In the middle match, Westfield State, down two sets, came back to edge the Lyons 26-24 in the third before ultimately falling 25-23 in the only fourth set of the tri-match. Wilson added an eye-popping 41 assists to go with Waelder's eight kills and a dozen digs. Sophomore Arieanne Creighton (Brookline, NH) and freshman Colleen Koen (Centerville, MA) shared team-high honors with 12 kills each. Sophomore Robyn D'Agostino (Three Bridges, NJ) also posted 12 digs for the Lyons.
Westfield State seniors Julia Warner (Lee, MA) and Lindsay Rescott (Northport, NY) combined for 25 kills with 13 and 12, respectively. Juniors Sarah Green (Peabody, MA) and Carolyn Cote (Chelmsford, MA) each collected eight digs with the latter recording 25 of the 26 Owl assists.
In the final match of the day, the Owls hit .315 en route to the 3-0 victory over the Engineers. Warner tallied a double-double with 11 kills and 10 digs while Rescott added 17 kills for Westfield State. Cote picked up 30 more helpers and Green pitched in with nine digs.
Engineer freshman Cassandra Tomerlin (La Quinta, CA) posted a double-double for WPI as she racked up 14 kills and 13 digs. Meyer had a match-high 32 assists while rookie Maddy Werth (Bedford, MA) notched 14 digs.
WPI had a five-point cushion as late as 15-10 in the opening set before the Owls chipped away and went on to finish the stanza with four straight points. Westfield State staved off a trio of set points and took the frame courtesy of a service ace by Green and a kill by Warner. The Owls raced out to a 9-1 advantage in the third en route to the victory.
The Engineers head\ to Emerson on Tuesday for the inaugural NEWMAC women's volleyball match between the two schools. First serve is slated for 7pm. Wheaton entertains Wellesley on Wednesday at 7pm in a NEWMAC contest. Westfield State is idle until Saturday when the Owls venture to Babson for a tri-match with Clark.