WORCESTER -- The hot-handed WPI volleyball team brought home another victory on Tuesday night with a 3-1 win over Lasell to improve to 5-0 to begin its 2021 campaign, the best start for the Engineers since the 2018 season.
The Engineers (5-0) walked away from the first set with a 25-16 victory and eked out a second set win 25-23. But the Lasers fought back in set 3 earning a 25-23 victory of its own before the Engineers were able to seal the victory with a 25-17 fourth set to close it out. Lasell drops to 0-1 on the season after its season opener.
WPI senior Amanda Wetmore (Hudson, NH) finished with the double-double, once again leading all players with 16 kills, while also tacking on 13 digs and finishing with three aces in the match. The Engineers registered double-digit kills in each of the four sets and out-killed their opponents 47-33 on the night while also using 15 service aces to seal the win.
A 6-0 run to begin game one set the tone for the night with Lasell calling a timeout five points into the game. The Engineers eventually got out to a 12-3 lead, thanks to three aces, en route to the 25-16 set one victory.
Set two was more of a back-and-forth affair with both teams trading points until a 6-6 tie turned into an 11-7 WPI lead thanks to the serving of Wetmore and freshman Emily Hudson (Melrose, MA). Lasell battled back within one to take a 13-11 lead, and the two teams fought back and forth until WPI was able to turn a 22-22 stalemate into a 24-22 lead after sophomore Olivia Deckers' (Marlboro, MA) kill with some help from sophomore Jia Yazon (South Windsor, CT) and an attack error by the Lasers. After a sideout, WPI earned the 25-23 victory on sophomore Paige Garland's (Nashua, NH) kill.
Lasell was able to erase an early 10-4 WPI lead in set three and fight back to the 25-23 win, slowly chipping away until a pair of Mckenna McCool (Loomis, CA) aces and a handful of WPI attack errors made it a 19-19 ballgame. The two teams traded points and this time a Tori Scambray (Brea, CA) kill ended things in favor of Lasell.
But the Engineers bounced back in the fourth set coming away with a 25-17 victory to seal the win. Lasell kept the momentum from its third-set victory going into the beginning of the fourth jumping out to an 8-3 lead, and hanging on to a 13-10 advantage until WPI was able to jump out to its first lead of the set taking advantage of a few Lasell errors and a Garland kill. The 4-0 run, turned into a game-changing 9-1 run on the service of Yazon and the unforced errors of the Lasers as WPI jumped out to an insurmountable 19-14 lead. The Engineers coasted to the 25-17 victory capped by back-to-back Wetmore kills, with assists coming from junior Catherine Reynolds (Concord, NH). Reynolds finished with 28 helpers on the night.
WPI will continue its four-game homestand on Thursday night at 7pm against Dean while Lasell heads to New England College next Tuesday for a 6pm match.