Volleyball Upended in Five-Set Season Opener Versus Gordon

Casey Hunt

WORCESTER – Gordon sophomore Amanda Snyder (San Jose, CA) and junior Mackenzie Hinds (Higganum, CT) each handed in a kill-dig double-double while freshman Ashlyn Gergins (Murrieta, CA) posted an assist-dig double-double in a five set victory at host WPI Friday evening in a non-conference women's volleyball matchup in Harrington Auditorium. The Engineers claimed the first two sets 25-19 and 25-23 as the Fighting Scots took the last three 25-21, 26-24 and 15-12.

Snyder led all student-athlete with 23 kills to go with 18 digs, Hinds followed with 18 swipes and 15 digs and Gergins totaled a match-best 45 assists and added 11 digs. Sophomore Jenny Curtiss (Larkspur, CO) collected a contest-high 30 digs while junior Jamie Tafoya (Fort Collins, CO) pitched in with 11.

WPI was paced by junior Casey Hunt (Granby, CT) with 21 kills and 22 digs. Classmate Azita Bakhtyari (Andover, MA) totaled 37 helpers to go with 29 digs by fellow junior Victoria Nassar (Salem, NH) and nine by senior Kelly Rathje (Scituate, MA).

The hosts enjoyed a 4-0 advantage in the first set before a quartet of miscues and a Snyder kill put the Fighting Scots ahead 5-4. The set remained relatively close until Bakhtyari served up the final five points. WPI then jumped out to a 12-3 lead in the second and appeared to be cruising before Gordon pulled within a point at 23-22. A pair of kills by Hunt sandwiched a swipe by Snyder en route to WPI taking the 2-0 lead.

Gordon turned a 5-4 deficit in the third to a 17-6 advantage. WPI countered to pull within four; however, the teams essentially traded side outs as the Fighting Scots forced a back-and-forth fourth set.

Trailing 24-21, the guests received two kills by Hinds and one by Snyder, along with a WPI miscue to take the 25-24 lead. Another miscue sent the match to a deciding set, which saw Gordon lead 8-5 at the switch and go on for the 15-12 triumph.

WPI (0-1) and Gordon (1-0) heads to Worcester State tomorrow for the Worcester City Tournament. The Engineers get the hosts and the Fighting Scots draw Clark in the 11am semifinals. The championship and consolation matches are set for 1pm.