Feeley Reaches Assist Milestone in Volleyball Sweep at Salve Regina

Feeley Reaches Assist Milestone in Volleyball Sweep at Salve Regina

Newport, RI --- WPI junior Shay Feeley (Franklin, MA) totaled 27 assists - including the 1,000th of her career - as WPI went on the road and swept a non-conference volleyball tri-match at Salve Regina on Saturday afternoon.  The Engineers swept rival Worcester State (25-18, 25-15, 25-19) to start their day before claiming a 3-1 (25-17, 26-28, 25-21, 25-14) decision over the host Seahawks in the nightcap. 

WPI, winners of five straight and seven of eight matches, is now 15-5 on the year while Worcester State dips to 6-12 and Salve Regina falls to 8-13.  The hosts took the other match over the Lancers 3-0 (25-17, 26-24, 25-15).

In the Engineers first match of the day, sophomore Melissa Daigle (Norfolk, MA), freshman Casey Hunt (Granby, CT) and junior Sam Bircsak (Acton, MA) all had 10 kills while Hunt also completed a double-double with 11 digs. Feeley registered 13 assists, 14 digs and four aces as freshman Azita Bakhtyari (Andover, MA) also tallied 13 helpers. Junior Cassandra Tomerlin (La Quinta, CA) pitched in with 11 digs and freshman Victoria Nassar (Salem, NH) added 10. 

Worcester State senior Jennifer Cabral (Swansea, MA) paced all student-athletes with 23 digs followed by classmate Kaylee Leduc (Swansea, MA) with 18. Rookie Alexandra Nolan (Melrose, MA) also chipped in with a match-best 18 assists. 

Worcester State led 15-11 in the third set against WPI, but the Engineers went on a 9-0 run to take the lead 20-15, and outscored the Lancers 14-4 to close out the match. 

The Crimson and Gray then received double-doubles from Hunt (20 digs, 11 kills) and Feeley (18 digs, 14 assists), as well as Bakhtyari (19 assists, 14 digs). Daigle boasted a match-high 14 kills while Nassar topped the Engineers with 23 digs and three aces. Sophomore Ann Kaczowka (Seekonk, MA) registered a dozen digs in the nightcap. 

Sophomore Samantha Salwa (Ellington, CT) tallied 46 of the Seahawks 48 assists as senior Chrissy Fraga (Milford, MA) delivered a match-best 33 digs. Junior Kat Mendes (New Bedford, MA) was the only Salve Regina student-athlete to log a double-double with 13 digs and 12 kills. 

After WPI rattled off the last six points of the third set, the Seahawks came out strong and led 4-0 in the fourth. The Engineers fought back to take a 7-6 lead, that they would not relinquish the remainder of the match, going on to win 25-14 and improve to 2-0 on the day. 

"Today was a great display of WPI Volleyball!," exclaimed WPI head coach Greg Poole. "Our young Engineers really played well and together. They were efficient on offense and very active defensively. We could not be more proud of how hard this group of young women has worked to get us to this point!" 

WPI is off until next Saturday at 11am when its heads to Quincy for an 11am match-up with Eastern Nazarene.  


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