Norton, MA --- WPI senior setter Catherine Reynolds (Concord, NH) totaled a career-best 11 kills en route to a triple-double but the Engineers found themselves on the wrong end of a 3-1 decision to host Wheaton in a NEWMAC volleyball match played on Tuesday. The Lyons captured the match by set scores of 26-24, 28-26, 18-25, 26-24.
The Engineers are now 5-4 on the year and 0-3 in conference play while the Lyons even their overall record at 5-5 and move to 1-2 versus NEWMAC opponents.
Reynolds finished her historic night since with team highs of 11 kills and 20 assists to go along with 12 digs. The senior hit an impressive .375 with just two errors in 24 tries. Olivia Deckers (Marlboro, MA) fell a kill short of a double-double of her own, amassing nine kills and 14 digs while Emily Hudson (Melrose, MA) and Maddie Sanborn (Londonderry, NH ) both chipped in with seven hits apiece with Hudson hitting .500 on the night (no errors in 14 attempts). Jia Yazon (South Windsor, CT) totaled 15 digs, Lily Eldridge (Danvers, MA) amassed five kills and nine digs and Natalia Wierzbicki (Wareham, MA) finished with four kills, a solo block and a pair of block assists.
Lyon tallied 10 kills and 12 digs, Hannah George (Duxbury, MA) doled out 32 assists and Sophie Wilhelm (Saunderstown, RI) netted 11 digs while Annah Shaheen (Portsmouth, NH), Hollis Hanson (Parker, CO), and Bailey Madrzy (Barrington, RI) all smacked nine kills for the Lyons.
The opening set was incredibly tight with the teams separated by two points for almost the entirety of the frame until the Engineers took a 21-18 lead following a kill from Wierzbicki. Wheaton scored five of the next six points, including three straight, to take a 23-22 edge. The teams were later knotted at 24-24, before first year outside hitter Celina Henn (Atwater, CA) and Shaheen put away consecutive kills to give the Lyons the set and a 1-0 match lead.
Wheaton looked to have the second set in hand following a 12-4 run, fueled by three kills from Bailey and a pair of aces from junior setter Julianna Flack (Saint Petersbury, Fla.), to take a 19-11 lead, but WPI stormed back with nine unanswered points to take a 20-19 edge. Reynolds put down a pair of kills during the run for the visitors. The rest of the set featured eight ties, including a 26-26 deadlock before the Lyons took the final two points (28-26) to take a 2-0 match lead.
Wheaton pulled to within 11-10 in the third frame, before the Engineers put together a 9-2 stretch to take a 20-12 lead. WPI maintained its cushion and cruised to a 25-18 third set triumph.
The Lyons owned an early 10-8 lead in the fourth set, but five straight points from the Engineers gave them a 13-10 margin. Madrzyk spiked for a klll to bring Wheaton to within two points, a margin that would not increase for the remainder of the set. WPI held the Lyons off until it held set point at 24-22. Wheaton's ability to hang around for the remainder of the set paid off after it reeled off the final four points of the frame, including the last two from Lyon, to take the set, 26-24, and win the match.
WPI is back in action Saturday, heading to Cambridge for a noon tri-match at MIT at Colby Sawyer. Wheaton wraps up a quick two-game homestand Thursday, playing host to Endicott in a 7pm affair.
Portion of recap courtsey Wheaton Sports Information