WORCESTER -- WPI volleyball ran its win streak to five games with a 3-0 sweep over visiting NEWMAC foe, Mount Holyoke, on Tuesday night at Harrington Auditorium. The Engineers improve to 15-5 overall with a 3-5 mark in conference play, while the Lyons fall to 3-14 overall, 0-9 in the NEWMAC.
WPI held Mount Holyoke to negative attacks in the first two sets and then withstood a hotter hitting Lyon team in the third frame to complete the 3-0 sweep. The Engineers pick up a valuable NEWMAC win, keeping the team's conference tournament hopes alive.
Senior Amanda Wetmore (Hudson, NH) led the WPI offense to the tune of 15 kills adding 12 digs to complete her fifth double-double of the season. Catherine Reynolds (Concord, NH) ran the offense efficiently, racking up 35 assists as the team hit .323 for the match. Paige Garland (Nashua, NH) notched six kills, while Natalia Wierzbicki (Wareham, MA) and Olivia Deckers (Marlboro, MA) each had five. Jia Yazon (South Windsor, CT) headed up the defense with 10 digs.
Mount Holyoke jumped out to a 6-4 lead in the first set, but a quick 7-1 run, backed by strong serving from Wierzbicki put WPI up 11-7. The Engineers continued their run, pushing the advantage to seven, before a late rally saw the Lyons cut the advantage to 22-20 on a pair of WPI errors. The Engineers rebounded, however, finishing out the frame with three straight points, including back-to-back Renee Sawka (Westford, MA) blocks to win it.
Set two was all WPI, as the Engineers held the Lyons to a -.071 attack, while hitting a torrid .571. A 6-0 start for the Crimson and Gray set the tone and the advantage quickly grew to double figures on a Reynolds kill. WPI did not allow back-to-back Mount Holyoke points the whole set, as the Engineers cruised to a 25-6 win and 2-0 match lead.
The third and final set was the most competitive, but timely hitting for WPI sealed the sweep. The Engineers scored the first three points of the frame, but a 6-3 run from MHC tied the match on a Mar Simon (Miami, FL) kill. WPI used a 5-1 surge, which included a pair of Wetmore winners to go up 13-8, before the Lyons again battled back, cutting the lead to 15-14 on an ace. Another 5-1 WPI run pushed the lead back to five points, but again Mount Holyoke battled back, cutting it to 22-20 late in the frame. Wetmore then helped seal the deal with three kills in the final five points, as the Engineers took the third set 25-21.
Mount Holyoke was led by an eight-kill and seven-dig performance from Sarah Bishop (Rutland, MA). Simon finished with five kills, while Marion Abeja (Kumi, Uganda) tallied nine assists and five digs. Chelsea Galicia (Altadena, CA) wrapped out the box score with a team-high seven digs.
WPI heads to Emmanuel on short rest, taking on the Saints on the road Thursday night at 7pm. Mount Holyoke will next head to the Volleyball Hall of Fame Tournament hosted by nearby Smith on Saturday. The Lyons open with Bates at 10am and then will play Westfield State at 3pm.