Saturday Sweep! Volleyball Takes a Pair from Westfield State and Gordon

Paige Garland  - WPI Volleyball

WORCESTER -- The WPI women's volleyball team came away with a pair of wins via a sweep and a five-set thriller, at the team's mid-year tri-meet taking down Gordon College and Westfield State on Saturday.  

The Engineers (12-5) were led in both games by Amanda Wetmore (Hudson, NH) who amassed 35 total kills on the day.  

WPI is back in action in yet another tri-meet when they head to Fitchburg State to first face off against Framingham State at 6pm followed by a showdown with the host team at 8pm.  

Game 1: WPI 3, Westfield State 0 

In the first game of the tri-meet, the WPI volleyball team came away with a clean sweep of Westfield State on Saturday morning.  

The Owls bounced back after a first set rout, fighting right until the end in the final two games of the match taking WPI to the wire in the 25-10, 29-27, 26-24 Engineer victory.  

Kaleigh Hess (Berea, KY) and Wetmore finished with nine kills each en route to the victory. Catherine Reynolds (Concord, NH) dished out 35 assists and made 11 digs in the win while Jia Yazon (South Windsor, CT) added a team-leading 13 digs.  

Westfield State also had a duo finish with nine-kills each in Ashley Crowley (Billerica, MA) and Shawna Crowley (Billerica, MA). They were set up by Julia Dangel-Garcia (Ashland, MA) who finished with 22 assists while Jess Haradon (Mansfield, MA) made 17 digs in the outing. 

WPI got out to a 13-3 lead to start the first set and Westfield State was unable to truly get back into the ball game in the 25-10 victory. The set was fittingly capped by a Wetmore service ace.  

Sets two and three were another story. Despite a quick 4-1 run to start things for the Engineers, Westfield State never relented, controlling most of set two until three service aces from Maddie Sanborn (Londonderry, NH) turned the tides as the Engineers came away with a 29-27 victory. Set three saw more of the same, but after Westfield State was able to manage a set point at 24-23, WPI fought back evening the score at 24-all on a Wetmore kill. It was Olivia Deckers (Marlboro, MA) that sealed the victory with back-to-back slams to help the Engineers to the victory.

Game 3: WPI 3, Gordon 2

Game three of the day saw the second five-set match of the day as WPI eked out the win over Gordon College to go undefeated on the day. The Engineers earned the 23-25, 25-15, 25-20, 14-25, 15-10 win over the Fighting Scots behind 26 kills from Wetmore. 

 Gordon, who played in its second-straight five-set match of the day, took the first set of the outing before the Engineers were able to rally off a pair of set victories holding the Fighting Scots to -.135 and -.045 hitting percentages in the second and third sets of the day. 

 But Gordon fought back to even the score in set four turning the tides on the Engineers before WPI was able to rally off five-straight points on a trio of kills from Wetmore and a pair of service aces from Paige Garland (Nashua, NH) to end the day with the win.


Game 2: Gordon 3, Westfield State 2

Gordon College volleyball earned a hard-fought, five-set victory with the 25-23, 23-25, 25-22, 19-25, 15-11 victory over Westfield State (3-17). 

The Fighting Scots recorded double-digit kills in four of the five sets on the day led by Valerie Nilan's (Valley Cottage, NY) 17-kill effort. Nilan was one of four Scots to finish with double-digit kills in the outing joined by Annie Murphy (Wenham, MA) who had 13, Emily Schneider (Sutton, MA) who had 12 and Macie Carroll (Brookefield, CT) who finished with 11. Kate Howe (Belfast, NY) was busy dishing out 50 assists in the outing while Hayley Robinson (San Diego, CA) finished with 30 digs.  

Westfield State, who amassed 18 service aces in the five-set outing, was led by the duo of Bridgette McAndrews (Longmeadow, MA) and Ashley Crowley on the attacking front with the pair ending with 12 kills each. McAndrews also added 14 digs and five service aces.  Shawna Crowley added another 10 kills and 10 digs, while also tallying a game-leading seven service aces. Julia Dangel-Garcia finished with 29 assists in the outing while Jess Haradon added 19 digs. Sara Bingham (Reno, NV) finished with eight blocks (five solo).