Beverly, MA -- The WPI volleyball team dropped its 2022 season opening match on the road at defending CCC Champion Endicott on Thursday night. The Gulls grabbed the sweep with set scores of 25-19, 25-16, 25-15.
Endicott's offense hit a robust .278 holding WPI to just a .020 clip. The Gulls were paced by eight-kill performances from Amanda Gilbert (Hopkinton, MA) and Kelsey Sanburn (Londonderry, NH), while Colleen McAvoy (Coventry, CT) added seven kills. Lauren McGrath (Franklin, MA) and Ella Koelb (Auburn, NH) combined for 24 assists. Emma Ruel (Duxbury, MA) headed up the defense with 10 digs, while Stephanie Moreau (Methuen, MA) tallied a match-best six blocks.
WPI's Olivia Deckers (Marlboro, MA) led all players with a match-high 12 kills, adding three blocks. Catherine Reynolds (Concord, NH) dished out 26 assists with six digs, while Jia Yazon (South Windsor, CT) had a match-best 15 digs.
Though WPI racked up 13 kills in the first set, Endicott hit .219 to grab a close opener. The Engineers tallied three points to open the frame, but Endicott rallied to go up, 5-4. A kill from Deckers later put WPI up 7-6, but an 11-3 Gulls run had the hosts leading 17-10. The Engineers responded with a 6-0 surge to close the gap to 17-16, but Endicott righted the ship and closed out the frame on an 8-3 run to win it 25-19.
The Gulls held WPI to a negative offensive stat line in the second set, opening the frame on a 5-1 run, not relinquishing the advantage. Endicott led 15-8 midway through the action and WPI would get no closer than a five point deficit the rest of the way as the Gulls made it a 2-0 lead on a 25-16 win.
Set three featured a massive .429 offensive attack from Endicott, as the Gulls finished out the sweep. With the set tied at 5-5, the hosts pulled ahead with a 10-2 run, punctuated by a block to make it 15-7 Gulls. WPI stopped the bleeding with a Maddie Sanborn (Londonderry, NH) kill, but Endicott's offense closed out the set and match.
WPI will look to rebound with a pair of matches on Saturday at home. The Engineers host Husson at 11:00am and SUNY Delhi at 3:00pm. Endicott returns to the court on Wednesday, hosting Simmons at 7:00pm.