Boston, MA --- WPI moved to 5-1 on the season with a pair of wins Saturday afternoon in Boston. The Crimson and Gray began be defeating Mount Ida 3-1 (25-12, 25-16, 25-17, 25-6) before taking three staight from host Wentworth (25-14, 25-16, 25-18).
The Engineers utilized a 15-2 run in the fourth set to secure the victory against Mount Ida. Freshman Casey Hunt (Granby, CT) paced WPI's attack with a double-double of 12 kills and 11 digs, while registering a pair of serving aces. Sophomore Melissa Daigle (Norfolk, MA) registered eight kills and eight digs, while junior Cassandra Tomerlin (La Quinta, CA) tallied 10 digs.
"Casey and Melissa were very productive today," commented head coach Greg Poole "When we have our 2 starting Outside Hitters attacking with efficiency we are able to string together runs and pull ahead. We were able to do that today."
Mount Ida senior Taylor Davis (Machiasport, MR) and Reidy combined for 18 digs and 12 kills. Davis also paced the Mustangs with a pair of serving aces and Dunbar tallied a team-best 13 assists.
After dropping back-to-back sets to start the match, Mount Ida commenced the third session by tallying five consecutive points to earn enough momentum that would carry them to an eight-point victory. WPI trimmed the deficit with a pair of runs late in the session, however, Mount Ida regrouped with a kill by Davis that helped the Mustangs push ahead for good.
WPI secured the win in the fourth set by jumping out to an 11-4 advantage. A service ace by Hunt kept momentum on the Engineers side as they closed the session on a 12-2 run.
A kill by Hunt midway through the third stanza of the night cap ignited a 9-5 run that lifted the Engineers to their fifth victory of the season. Hunt concluded the match with a game-high 11 kills, along with three digs. WPI freshman Azita Bakhtyari (Andover, MA) led all players with 18 assists, while junior Shay Feeley (Franklin, MA) tallied 17 assists.
Bailey led the Leopards with a team-high eight kills, along with three block assists, while Hunton paced the Black & Gold with 20 assists. Sophomore Caroline Shea (Abington, MA) finished with six kills and a trio of blocking assists and freshman Lillie Clark (Vista, CA) recorded a team-high 11 digs.
Daigle helped WPI push ahead for good in the opening set, tallying a kill early in the session that provided the Engineers with the lead for good. Bakhtyari sealed the first set victory with a kill that was set-up by sophomore Kat Hurlock (Burlington, CT).
Both teams stayed within one point of each other in the second set before a ball handling error led to a 9-5 run by the Engineers, which provided WPI with a second set win. Wentworth junior Stephanie Nihan (Dracut, MA) commenced the third set with a kill that helped the Leopards push ahead, 6-3, however, the Engineers countered with Hunt, who jumpstarted a short run to bring WPI within one point. Both teams continued to swap points before Daigle registered back-to-back kills late in the session that helped WPI go onto clinch the match.
Poole added, "our setters were really connecting with Brooke and Kat this afternoon. Brooke had one of her better performances hitting .538 while Kat had her best match of this young season hitting .500 on the day. It's nice to see the hard work that all of these young women have been putting into practice transfer to the court during matches!"
All three teams return to the court next Tuesday, September 15 as Wentworth hosts Suffolk, WPI entertains MIT in its NEWMAC opener and Mount Ida travels to Regis College with all three matches beginning at 7pm.
Release Courtesy Wentworth Sports Information