Balanced Babson Blanks Volleyball in Tuesday Night NEWMAC Matchup

Brooke Klepper

WORCESTER – Babson used a balanced attack Tuesday night to blank host WPI, 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-11), in a NEWMAC women's volleyball matchup inside Harrington Auditorium.

With the win, the Beavers (9-7, 5-2 NEWMAC), who were No. 13 in last week's NEWVA D3 Coaches Poll, halt the Engineers (14-4, 3-3 NEWMAC) winning-streak at four.

Babson began the match taking 11 of the first 15 points, featuring kills by senior Jenny Karnes (Houston, TX) and freshman Kristin Carosotto (East Greenwich, RI), and aces from sophomore Gizem Yilmaz (Istanbul, Turkey) and Sarah Zazyczny (Naunet, NY). The Crimson and Gray rallied to pull within one at 14-13 behind swipes by sophomore Casey Hunt (Granby, CT), senior Maddy Werth (Bedford, MA) and junior Brooke Klepper (Miami Beach, FL) to go with an ace by sophomore Azita Bakhtyari (Andover, MA). Moments later, a miscue enabled the hosts to get back within a point (18-17). Babson went on to close out the set with a 7-2 run punctuated by back-to-back aces by senior Lorraine Mackewicz (Edison, NJ).

The second frame was even at 5-5 before the Beavers claimed six of the next seven points, highlighted by a trio of kills by sophomore Shannon Roseen (Malden, MA), to force a timeout. Babson continued to maintain the lead and enjoyed a nine-point cushion (17-8) on its way to claiming the 2-0 advantage.

WPI had an early 2-0 edge in the third only to see Babson rattle off five points to take the final lead of the evening. Mackiewicz later served up nine in-a-row, including two aces, to make it 19-7. The Engineers earned four of the next five points before a Beaver five-point outburst ended the match.

Werth and Hunt (nine digs) each posted five kills to go along with a dozen assists by senior Shay Feeley (Franklin, MA).

Roseen tallied a match-best 10 kills as rookie Elizabeth Cameron (El Dorado Hills, CA) handed out a contest-high 19 assists and sophomore Abby Beecher (Pittsford, NY) led all players with 12 digs. Yilmaz recorded an eye-popping nine blocks, including one on her own, and six aces.

Bolstered by a .306 attack percentage, Babson hit .236 for the match while the Engineers averaged out to .045.

WPI heads to Smith Thursday for a 7pm first serve while Babson hosts Emerson at the same time.