Freshmen Help Fuel Volleyball Split With Wentworth and Mount Ida

Azita Bakhtyari

Boston, MA --- The WPI volleyball team split a trimatch Saturday with a 3-0 (25-12, 25-21, 25-20) win versus Mount Ida and suffered a five-set setback (27-29, 27-25, 25-14, 18-25, 11-15) to Wentworth.



Wentworth came out of the gates flying as, with sophomore Claire Quick (Mission Viejo, CA) on the line, the Leopards scored six straight points. Three of those came by way of sophomore Samantha Lassiter (Rogers, AR) kills. The Leopards extended their lead to 10-2 before WPI came back and tied the set at 11-all on a kill from junior Casey Hunt (Granby, CT). The teams battled back and forth before a kill from Quick gave the Black & Gold a 23-22 lead. The Engineers scored the next two points to lead 24-23, however, a kill from senior Caroline Shea (Abington, MA) and an ace from freshman Kayla Chen (Irvine CA) gave Wentworth set point at 25-24. Freshman Leah Rogoz (Woodridge, IL) gave Wentworth a chance to clinch the set with a kill but WPI responded with a kill from freshman Sarah Kwatinetz (Seattle, WA) to make it 27-27. After an attack error, Shea and freshman Makenna Salsbury (Bel Air, MD) teamed up for a block to give Wentworth the set.

The Leopards began the second set the same way they began the first as this time Chen served four straight points to give the hosts an early lead. Trailing 6-1, WPI pulled within a point at 8-7 after an attack error, but four straight Wentworth pints extended the Leopards' lead to 12-8. The Black & Gold built its lead to 17-11 on a solo block from Rogoz but an 11-5 Engineer run tied the set at 22-all. A Lassiter kill and a WPI attack error gave the Leopards a 24-22 lead, however the Engineers battled back to take the set, 27-25.

WPI took a 2-1 lead with a 25-14 lead in the third set as the Engineers forced the hosts to hit -.095 in the frame. Wentworth held a 7-4 lead early before an 8-3 run gave WPI the lead at 12-10. Two straight Leopard points tied the set at 12-all, and, with WPI holding a 15-14 lead, an attack error gave the visitors a two-point edge. From there, junior Victoria Nassar (Atkinson, NH) stepped to the service line and would serve nine straight points to close out the set.

The Leopards forced a fifth set with a 25-18 win in the fourth set. Wentworth jumped out to a 12-6 lead to open the set, and, after WPI scored two straight points, Chen served two aces as a part of five straight Wentworth points to extend the lead to 18-8. WPI used a 9-4 run to trim the lead to 22-17, however, kills from Salsbury and Shea gave the Leopards set points and, after a service error, an attack error gave the Leopards the win and sent them to their second five-set match of the season.

In the fifth set there were five ties, including at 9-all when the Engineers knotted it up after a Wentworth service error. Lassiter gave the hosts the lead for good with a kill, igniting a 4-0 run which would make it 13-9, and, after the Engineers scored two of the next three points, Rogoz ended the match with a kill. Wentworth hit .412 in the set.

Rogoz had 18 kills, 20 digs, and three blocks. Lassiter recorded 14 kills and three blocks while Quick had 13 kills and 20 digs. Salsbury had four kills and five blocks, Shea added five kills, senior Katelyn Carlson (Stratford, CT) had six kills and three blocks, junior Lillie Clark (Vista, CA) and sophomore Lexie Cambray (Bedford, NH) had 13 and 12 digs, respectively, and Chen and sophomore Maddy Tomastik (Portland, OR) combined for 48 helpers with Chen having 29.

Kwatinetz and freshman Amanda Wetmore (Hudson, NH) each had 14 kills for WPI. Wetmore had eight blocks while Kwatinetz had five. Hunt finished with eight kills and 11 digs, senior Melissa Daigle (Norfolk, MA) had seven kills, Nassar had 29 digs and four aces, and Azita Bakhtyari (Andover, MA), who handed out her 1,000 career assist during the match, had 44 helpers, 12 digs, and three blocks.


Mount Ida 

WPI jumped out to an 8-4 lead to open the first set and would extend its lead to 18-8 after a sophomore Colleen Mullins (Andover, MA) kill. Mount Ida pulled to 20-12 before five straight points – three of which coming on kills from Wetmore – closed out the set, 25-12.

After falling behind 2-1 in the second set, WPI scored six straight points and took a 7-2 lead after Wetmore and Mullins combined on a block. Mount Ida used a 15-6 run to claim the lead and led 17-13 after an Engineer attack error. The Engineers countered with 10-2 run and regained the lead on a kill from freshman Kate Amrein (Nashua, NH) before taking the set, 25-21.

WPI closed out the match with a 25-20 win in the third set. Mount Ida opened the set scoring four of the first five points before the Engineers took an 11-9 lead. After Mustang senior Mary Kate Reidy (Agawam, MA) made it 16-14 with a kill, WPI scored the next five points to make it 21-14. Mount Ida would pull within four at 24-20, but a senor Kat Hurlock (Burlington, CT) kill ended the match.

Wetmore paced the Engineers with 10 kills on 18 swings with just one error (.500) to go along with four blocks. Amrein hit .615 as she made just one error on 13 swings with nine kills. Nassar had 10 digs, and freshman Julia DeLo (Tulsa, OK) had 24 assists.

Freshman Rachel Colombo (Wallkill, NY) led Mount Ida with 10 kills and three blocks. Junior Kristy Walton (Fairhaven, MA) added six kills and six digs while Reidy had five kills. Sophomore Alexis Bell (Salem, CT) had 21 assists and eight digs.


Beyond the Box Score

The Engineers have won every three-set decision this season.

The three teams have met in a trimatch the past three years, with Wentworth hosting twice and WPI once (2016).

WPI defeated Mount Ida all three years.


Up Next

WPI (2-4) opens NEWMAC action Tuesday at Babson. First serve is set for 7pm.

Wentworth (6-0) hosts Lasell and Mount Ida (4-2) hosts Curry Tuesday at 7pm.


Majority Release Courtesy Wentworth Institute of Technology Sports Information