#19 Babson Tops Volleyball in NEWMAC Sweep

Olivia Deckers - WPI Women's Volleyball 2022

WORCESTER -- The #19 Babson volleyball team swept WPI 3-0 in Tuesday night NEWMAC action at Harrington Auditorium. The Beavers run their season mark to 14-1 (6-0 NEWMAC) with their 13th win in a row, WPI dips to 6-6 (0-5 NEWMAC). 

Babson's offense cruised to a .303 attack, while the defense piled on 14 blocks to hold the Engineers to a .000 line on offense. The Beavers also held a 43-36 edge in digs with nine aces on the night. 

Lauren Griffin (Los Altos Hills, CA) and Laura Zuloaga (Naples, FL) each tallied five kills to lead the Beavers, while Ruby Reich (Atlanta, GA) dished out nine assists. Roz Cabuena (Kailua, HI) led all players with 13 digs, while Sophia Shaw (Novato, Ca) and Olivia Leinenweber (Neptune Beach, FL) each had seven. Lauren Gips (Orlando, FL) led the net defense with four blocks, while Martina Jankovic Chin (Zapresic, Croatia) chipped in with three. 

For WPI, Olivia Deckers (Marlboro, MA) and Maddie Sanborn (Londonderry, NH) led the team with five kills each. Catherine Reynolds (Concord, NH) notched another double-double, finishing with 15 assists and a team-high 10 digs. Victoria Escuer (Caracas, Venezuela) contributed nine digs, while Jia Yazon (South Windsor, CT) had seven. 

Babson cruised to the win in set one, tallying nine kills without an error, hitting .474 in a 25-7 victory. The Beavers led 6-3 early and used an 11-1 run midway through play to seize control.  After WPI cut the lead to 20-7, the visitors closed out the win with five straight points. 

Set two was the closest of the night, with Babson using a late run to take it 25-18. The Beavers led 7-3 early and ballooned the lead to eight with a WPI service error. With Babson up 21-13, WPI rallied for five straight points to cut it to 21-18, but that was as close as they would come. 

Babson wrapped up the sweep in the third set, hitting .312 with 12 kills in a 25-18 win. WPI had an early edge and the match was tied 6-6 before Babson tallied three straight kills in a 9-4 surge to make it 15-10. WPI answered with two kills each from Sanborn and Emily Hudson (Melrose, MA) to cut the lead to 16-14, but again Babson was able to finish out the set. 

WPI plays another nationally recognized opponent on Saturday at 1pm, hosting Springfield, who is receiving votes in the coaches poll. Babson plays at home on Saturday, hosting Clark and Gordon in a tri-match starting at 11am.