WORCESTER --- The WPI volleyball team earned yet another victory in 2021 to continue on its six-game winning streak to begin the season with a clean sweep of Dean on Thursday night.
The Engineers (6-0) held Dean to a -.105 hitting percentage for the match, which will only lower ts opponent attack percentage (0.53) in 2021. The team also finished with 38 kills, improving its kills/game average to 12.58 in 2021, second in the NEWMAC in that category.
The Engineers (6-0) knocked off the Bulldogs (0-3) in set one 25-7, hitting .458 as a team during the set and slamming home 12 kills while making just one attack error. Set two saw another 10 kills en route to a 25-14 victory, and while Dean made it interesting in the third set, the Engineers were able to come away with the sweep behind a 25-21 third-set win, their fifth shutout of the season.
For the first time this season, sophomore Olivia Deckers (Marlboro, MA) led the way in kills, finishing with 10 on the night, while junior Maddie Sanborn (Londonderry, NH) had a team-high 12 digs, and three different Engineers finished with at least six assists.
The Bulldogs actually got out to a 2-0 lead to begin things, before WPI ended the game on a 25-5 run, including a 9-0 run to make it a 10-3 game behind the serving of sophomore Jia Yazon (South Windsor, CT), who kept her service alive adding a pair of assists during the run. A late 7-0 run, this time on the service of senior Kaleigh Hess (Berea, KY) was highlighted by a pair of kills from rookie Emily Hudson (Melrose, MA). An ace by junior Catherine Reynolds (Concord, NH) made it game point, and Yazon finished things out with a kill.
Set two saw more of the same from the Engineers, who started the game off on a 4-1 run thanks to a pair of aces from senior Suela Miloshi (Needham, MA) followed by a 7-1 run thanks to some brilliant serves, and offense from Sanborn to make it a 13-5 game. The Engineers continued to build on their lead as the game continued and freshman Taniya Crosby (Buffalo, NY) sealed the set two victory on a kill with some help from senior Lilly Taylor (Weymouth, MA).
In the third set, the Engineers got out to a 9-2 advantage, before the Bulldogs clawed their way back into the game tying things up at 14-14 after a pair of WPI attack errors. It was neck and neck down the stretch but the Engineers pulled away from Dean at 20-all, to give themselves a 23-20 cushion using a pair of Dean attack errors. The match point was slammed home by Deckers for the clean sweep.
Jordan Cournoyer-Herivaux (Pawtucket, RI) paced Dean with five kills while Amanda Payne (Millis, MA) totaled 10 digs and Anabella Driscol (Plymouth, MA) finished with four assists.
WPI will continue its four-game homestand on Saturday with a tri-match, first taking on Wentworth at 11 a.m. followed by a 3pm. meeting with Anna Maria.
Dean will be back in action next Monday night at Fisher at 7pm.