NORTON, Mass. - The Wheaton College volleyball team opened New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action with a 3-2 loss to WPI Saturday afternoon, before collecting a 3-0 win over Bridgewater State.
WHEATON 2 - WPI 3
The two sides traded set wins with the Lyons taking the first one before going on to fall in final set (25-18, 19-25, 25-22, 23-25, 13-15).
The Engineers, who were picked to finish seventh in the NEWMAC, edged Wheaton in hitting percentage .129 to .098. Defensively, WPI had the advantage at the net, coming up with 22 blocks to the Lyons 11, while both teams were fairly even in digs with the Engineers finishing with 87 to Wheaton's 82.
Wheaton was led in kills by sophomore Cathryn MacGregor, who knocked down 15, while earning a service ace and two assists. Sophomore Claire Cansler also notched double-digit kills, earning 12, while picking up a team-high four blocks.
Maddy Werth and Casey Hunt led the Engineers with 11 kills each, while Hunt also picked up 15 digs and Werth earned a match-high five blocks. Melissa Daigle also ended the match in double-figure kill with 10. WPI had five players in double-figures in digs with Cassandra Tomerlin leading the way with 26.
WHEATON 3 - BRIDGEWATER STATE 0
Wheaton came out strong against Bridgewater State, defeating the Bears 25-18, 25-18, 28-26.
Martin ended the contest with a match-high 18 digs, earning the junior libero her 1,017th career dig. Houghton finished with 13. MacGregor and Cansler once again led the offense, earning 11 and 10 kills respectively. Stewart had a solid game from the serve, earning a match-high five aces, while Houghton finished with three.
Clara Gonclaves led the Bears with 11 kills, while teammate Hannah Maymon finished with 10.
Bridgewater State led early in the first set, but the Lyons fought their way back, taking a 6-4 lead on two Stewart aces and kills from Allison Cox and MacGregor. Wheaton would not trail again in the set, taking its largest lead at 16-7.
The Bears once again took the lead to start the second set, but this time the Lyons responded immediately, countering with a 12-2 run. Bridgewater earned a few points back later in the set but not enough.
Cameron Mercer earned Wheaton the lead to start the third set, helping the Lyons cruise to a 12-7 lead. This time around the Bear offense battled back into the contest, tying the set six times down the stretch. Wheaton was able to capitalize on a Bear attacking error and a Houghton ace to end the match.