Fitchburg, MA --- The WPI women's volleyball team did not drop a set on Friday evening as they earned a pair of 3-0 victories, beating Framingham State and Fitchburg State in a non-conference tri-match hosted by the Falcons at in the Sports and Recreation Center.
In the other match of the day, Framingham (10-13) handed Fitchburg (1-17) a 3-0 defeat.
WPI has now won four in a row and improves to 14-5 on the season. They will return to NEWMAC play next Tuesday when they host Mount Holyoke at 7pm.
Match 1: WPI 3, Framingham State 0 (25-14, 25-17, 25-14)
The Engineers were very efficient in their opening win of the day, hitting at a .317 clip. Paige Garland (Nashua, NH) led the way with eight kills and no errors on 12 swings, good for a .667 attack percentage. Garland also contributed four service aces and five digs in the win.
WPI started fast in each of the first two sets, jumping out to a 9-2 advantage in the opening game and leading 4-0 in game two after back to back kills by Amanda Wetmore (Hudson, NH) to start the set. Wetmore led all players with 15 kills, and also added 10 digs for a double-double.
The Rams grabbed their only lead, 3-2, in the third set, but WPI rattled off the next five points, including two aces by Garland, and didn't look back. They grew their lead to 17-7 and then finished the match with five straight kills, three of them by Wetmore.
Brandee Thomas (North Kingstown, R.I.) paced the Rams with 10 kills, many of which were set up by Hayley Gaskin (N. Attleboro, MA), who had 15 assists and 9 digs.
Match 2: WPI 3, Fitchburg State (25-21, 25-17, 25-6)
Junior Maddie Sanborn (Londonderry, NH) collected 9 kills without making an error (.600 hitting percentage), one of ten Engineers to get on the scoresheet in that category.
Senior Suela Miloshi (Needham, MA) had a new career-high with 10 service aces, while also adding seven kills and seven digs. The Engineers had 16 aces as a team, including one by Miloshi to cap a 15-0 run in the third set and complete the victory.
Fitchburg opened the match on a 4-0 run and led 18-9 before the Engineers found their footing and rattled off nine straight points to tie the game. The teams traded points until a kill by Sanborn gave WPI a 22-20 lead, and they took the final three points and a one-set lead.
It was the Engineers who started up 4-0 in set two, with Reynolds adding a service ace in that spurt. They stretched their lead to 9 points with Renee Sawka (Westford, MA) and Veronika Gorski (Southington, CT) each contributing kills. A kill by Sanborn closed out the set for the Engineers.
Reynolds added 9 more assists, while freshman Emilia Krum (Saratoga Springs, NY) led the Engineers with 14 helpers. Natalia Wierzbicki (Wareham, MA) and Kaleigh Hess (Berea, KY) added four kills apiece in the win.