Deja Vu All Over Again - Volleyball Splits for the Third Straight Saturday

Cassandra Tomerlin

Worcester, MA --- Sydney Carfagno (Los Angeles, CA) totaled 33 kills as Wellesley swept a Saturday afternoon volleyball tri-match at WPI's Harrington Auditorium on Saturday.  The Blue defeated WPI in the NEWMAC match 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-18) before defeating Westfield State by a 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-21) count in the middle contest.  Host WPI exacted revenge over Westfield State, knocking off the Owls 3-0 (25-16, 26-24, 25-17) after falling two weeks ago at the Trinity Tournament.      

Wellesley jumped out early in its conference match with WPI, taking 12 of the first 15 points en route to a 12-3 advantage.  WPI came roaring back and used  a 6-0 run late highlighted by Cassandra Tomerlin's (La Quinta, CA) serving to slice the lead to 22-21 only to see Wellesley notch the final three points of the stanza.  WPI came out strong in the second set, tallying the first four points but the guests whittled the advantage away and never trailed again in the match after seizing the lead at 16-15.  As a team, Wellesley hit well in the first two frames, posting a .324 hitting percentage in set one and attacking at a .370 clip in the second set. 

Carfagno belted 19 kills and made just three errors in 37 attempts (.432) in the opener.  Caitlin Laughlin (St. Louis Park, MN) added 12 kills while Maddie Koh (Seattle, WA) doled out a match-best 34 assists and Katie Yan (Cohoes, NY) and Carfagno each shared match-high honors with nine digs. 

Sam Bircsak (Acton, MA) continued to stay hot for WPI.  The junior collected nine kills and was credited with just two errors in 18 attacks (.389).  Tomerlin totaled five kills while Brooke Klepper (Miami Beach, FL) and Ann Kaczowka (Seekonk, MA) chipped in with four each.  Shay Feeley (Franklin, MA) paced the Engineers with 24 assists and Tomerlin and Caroline Meyer (Easton, MA) led the way with nine and seven digs respectively.       

Wellesley took a back-and-forth first set against Westfield that featured 10 ties and five lead changes before settling in for the sweep. Carfagno continued her outstanding day by smashing 14 kills and not making an error in 30 tries.   Laughlin against reached double digits in kills with 11 and Koh handed out 29 of the Blue's 31 assists. Yan and Carfagno teamed up for 26 digs while Laughlin had a solo block and a pair of block assists. 

Victoria Sutphen (Holden, MA) led the way for Westfield with nine kills while Kendyl Haney (Ashland, MA) sniped seven and Carolyn Cote (Chelmsford, MA) added five. Courtney Ryan (Quincy, MA) and Cote amassed 23 assists while Sarah Green (Peabody, MA), Cote, Shannon Shea (Chelmsford, MA) and Ryan combined for 30 digs.     

Tomerlin posted a double-double for WPI in the nightcap, notching 14 kills and 11 digs.  Melissa Daigle (Norfolk, MA) flirted with one herself, totaling eight kills and finishing with a team-best 17 digs.  Feeley led all players with 35 assists while Klepper and Katie Hurlock (Burlington, CT) each belted seven kills.  Hurlock distinguished herself on defense with a solo block and three block assists while Adrienne Weishaar (Chester, MA) swatted four block assists. 

Sutphen and Haney completed a strong day for the Owls with eight kills apiece against WPI.  Green dug out 16 balls while Cote contributed 15 assists and Ryan handed out 12.    

WPI (9-8, 0-5 NEWMAC) returns to the court next weekend at the Johnson & Wales Invitational on Friday and Saturday.  The Engineers open play Friday at 4pm against Bridgewater State.  Wellesley (9-5, 2-2 NEWMAC) is back in action Tuesday at home versus Mount Holyoke at 7pm while Westfield State (6-10) returns to WPI Wednesday to face host Worcester State at 7pm.