Volleyball Moves to 8-2 with Key Road NEWMAC Victory at Emerson

Ann Kaczowka

Boston, MA --- The Emerson College women's volleyball team fell to WPI, 3-1, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action, Tuesday evening. First year outside hitter Casey Hunt (Granby, CT) led the way for the Engineers notching 13 kills.

Emerson jumped out to the quick 1-0 lead, edging out WPI, 25-22 in the first set. Junior outside hitter Elizabeth Reid (Charlottesville, VA) was perfect from the floor notching three kills on three attempts while sophomore outside hitter Brittany Schoellkopf (Pacific Palisades, CA) led the way with four kills on seven attempts for a staggering .429 attack percentage.

However, momentum swung in favor of the Engineers with back-to-back victories in the second and third sets to take the 2-1 match lead. Hunt posted four kills on nine attempts to lead WPI to the 25-13 win in game two to tie up the contest at one game each. Sophomore outside hitter Melissa Daigle (Norfolk, MA) registered a set-high four kills on nine attempts and just one miscue for a .333 attack percentage.

The Lions made a valiant comeback attempt in the fourth set to even up the score lead by as three late in set behind Schoellkopf's set-high five kills. But the Engineers were resilient and battled back to outlast the Lions, 28-26. Hunt was solid offensively at the net leading WPI with three kills to claim their eighth victory of the season.

Daigle joined Hunt in double figures in kills with 10 while Sam Bircsak (Acton, MA) chipped in with seven.  The setting tandem of Azita Bakhtyari (Andover, MA) and Shay Feeley (Franklin, MA) doled out 15 and 14 assists respectively while Cassandra Tomerlin (La Quinta, CA) led all players with 17 digs to go along with three aces and Ann Kaczowka (Seekonk, MA) tossed in 12 digs and three aces.

"We played a great match tonight against a regionally-ranked team," remarked WPI head coach Greg Poole. "Emerson has had our number the last couple years and tonight we put everything together to pull out a win! Our entire team played well, but tonight we got a great spark from Annie. She came into the back row as a defensive sub and completely got Emerson out of system with her serve.

Emerson falls to 6-5 on the season and 1-2 in NEWMAC action while WPI improves to 8-2 and 2-1 in conference play. The Lions return to the hard-court on Saturday September 26th when they host Springfield at 1pm. The Engineers will be back in action on Thursday September 24th when they host the Coast Guard at 7pm in Worcester. 

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