Annandale-On-Hudson, NY --- The WPI volleyball team swept a pair of Saturday afternoon matches at Bard to move to 5-1 on the season. The Engineers opened the day with a 3-1 victory over Ramapo and closed the action by dispatching host Bard 3-1.
Catherine Reynolds (Concord, NH) tallied double-doubles in both matches, distributing a potent WPI offense, while Maddie Sanborn (Londonderry, NH) led the Engineers in kills both times on the floor. Rookie Victoria Escuer (Caracas, Venezuela) led the defensive effort with 39 total digs on the day.
First Match: WPI 3, Ramapo 1
WPI opened the day with a victory over Ramapo, beating the Roadrunners 3-1 (25-23, 25-18, 22-25, 25-10).
Four players reached double-digits in kills to lead a high-powered Engineers' offense. Sanborn led all players with 13 kills, hitting .400, while Suela Miloshi (Needham, MA) tallied her first career double-double with 10 kills and 14 digs. Reynolds was spectacular all around, tallying a double-double with 48 assists and 16 digs, just one kill shy of a triple-double. Emily Hudson (Melrose, MA) had 12 kills and Natalia Wierzbicki (Wareham, MA) added 11 to round out the offense.
Escuer racked up a match-best 22 digs with three aces, while Jia Yazon (South Windsor, CT) added 11 digs in the win.
For Ramapo, Stephanie Ross (Hackensack, NJ) led the team with 11 kills, adding seven digs. Caleigh Golabek (Maywood, NJ) chipped in offensively with six kills, while Alexandra Sacchinelli (Fair Lawn, NJ) notched a double-double with 15 assists and 11 digs. Jenna Stolker (Holmdel, NJ) led the Roadrunners with 14 digs while Emma Moran (Colonia, NJ) had 13.
The Engineers held Ramapo to a .000 attack in the first set while racking up 18 total kills of their own. Still, it came down to the final points, as WPI broke a 23-23 tie with a block from Wierzbicki and Miloshi and a Ramapo attack error to take set one 25-23. Another strong offensive performance for the Engineers pushed them to a 25-18 win in set two, and a 2-0 match lead.
Ramapo responded with their best set of the day, hitting .243 in the third set. Despite a 10-3 WPI run midway through the action, WPI fell victim to three straight Ramapo kills in the final four points to drop the narrow third set, 25-22. The fourth set was all WPI, as the Engineers hammered out 19 kills while holding the Roadrunners to a .100 attack in a 25-10 win that sealed the match.
Second Match: WPI 3, Bard 1
It was another 3-1 win for WPI as the Engineers ran their record to 5-1 on the season with a 25-14, 17-25, 25-19, 25-14 win over Bard.
Sanborn again led the WPI offense, racking up team-highs of 14 kills and five aces, while adding seven digs. Miloshi stuffed her box score with seven kills, eight digs, and three aces, while Wierzbicki also added seven kills. Reynolds dished up another double-double with 35 assists and 12 digs, while Escuer led WPI with 17 digs.
Bard's day was paced by a nine-kill, nine-dig performance from Ryan Lum (Honolulu, HI), while Adi David (Wynnewood, PA) notched 19 assists with eight digs. Ella Small (Charleston, SC) led the team defensively with 11 digs while Nyla Lawrence (Stone Mountain, GA) led all players with five blocks.
WPI cruised through the first set, opening with a 9-1 lead and never relinquishing the advantage in the 25-14 win. Bard countered with an impressive second set, winning it 25-17 to even the match at 2-2.
In the third set, WPI grabbed control early, leading 7-3 after the first 10 points. The Engineers' advantage grew to 10 before a 7-1 Bard run closed the gap. WPI was able to hold on for the win, taking it 25-19 on a service error to go up 2-1.
WPI beings NEWMAC play Tuesday, hosting Worcester rival Clark at 7pm on Tuesday.