Lyons tripped up by Engineers, 3-1

WORCESTER, Mass. - The Wheaton College women's volleyball team was dealt a 3-1 setback at WPI Tuesday night in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action.

Junior Belinda Nwagbara (Santa Rosa, Calif./Elsie Allen) and junior Kerrin Beovich (Seaford, N.Y./Seaford) each tallies 15 kills as the Engineers won with scores of 25-19, 25-15, 23-25, 25-22. The Crimson and Gray have now won six consecutive matches and improve to 10-3 (3-1 NEWMAC). Junior Rachel Vergara (Needham, Mass./Needham) tallied a team-high seven kills for the Lyons, who fell to 2-14 (0-4 NEWMAC).

After WPI took the first two sets, Wheaton rallied back to take the third set and held a 13-10 edge in the fourth. Following a timeout, the Engineers forced a side out and rattled off five-straight points off the serve of junior Lauren D'Angelo (Wallingford, Conn./Lyman Hall) to seize a lead they would never relinquish.

Wheaton senior co-captain Emily Davisson (Carpinteria, Calif./Laguna Beach School) led all players with 25 digs. Sophomore Lindsay Tebbetts (Gilmanton, N.H./Gilford) recorded six kills, six digs and five service aces for the Lyons while Vergara added six digs. Junior co-captain Christina Cannon (Milford, N.H./Milford) registered six kills to go along with 15 digs, and classmate Olanna Nissim (Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich) handed out 22 assists.

For the Engineers, Nwagbara and Beovich each had three blocks. Nwagbara notched seven digs while Beovich posted six digs and two service aces. Junior Elyssa Dorenfeld (Reading, Mass./Reading) notched 11 digs and eight digs while senior Joan Porambo (Jim Thorpe, Pa./Marian Catholic) had 19 digs. Junior Alex Rangel (Weston, Fla./The Sagemont School) and senior Kim Woodward (Clifton Park, N.Y./ Shenendehowa) handed out 22 and 21 assists, respectively.

Wheaton returns to action on Tuesday when it hosts Wellesley in a NEWMAC contest at 7 p.m. WPI heads to Massachusetts Maritime for a tri-match against the host Buccaneers and the Owls of the University of Maine-Presque Isle on Saturday.

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