SCORE: Wheaton 1 - WPI 3 (18-25, 25-21, 25-15, 25-15)
RECORDS: Wheaton (21-4, 5-3, NEWMAC) - WPI (19-4, 5-3 NEWMAC)
LOCATION: Norton, Mass. (Emerson Gymnasium)
- The Wheaton College volleyball team hosted the WPI Engineers Tuesday night in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) in Emerson Gymnasium with the Engineers walking away with a 3-1 victory. The WPI win puts the Engineers and Lyons in a tie for fifth place in the NEWMAC standings as both teams battle for a favorable seed in the upcoming NEWMAC Tournament.
- Wheaton was paced by a team-high nine kills from first-year Adara Hamilton and senior Claire Cansler. Cansler also added a match-high nine blocks to go with her nine kills.
- Becca Houghton ended with a team-high 31 assists, which moves her closer to 2,500 career assists. The junior setter currently has 2,446 career assists, which ranks her fourth all-time at Wheaton. Maggie Shafer led the Lyons with 18 digs, while Hamilton pulled up 17 balls.
- The Engineers were led by a match-high 13 kills from Sarah Kwatinetz, who ended the night with a match-best .423 attacking percentage. Azita Bakhyari ended the match with 39 assists, while Victoria Nassar led all players with 19 digs for WPI.
- The opening set started with 10 score ties and six lead changes before the Engineers took control with a Kwantentz kill breaking a 13-13 deadlock. The point sparked a 6-0 run from the Engineers, which put them ahead 19-13. Four straight WPI errors allowed Wheaton to pull within two points, 19-17. Wheaton only managed one more point in the set with Casey Dinga putting down a Houghton pass. The Engineers closed out the set with kills from Colleen Mullins and Casey Hunt, as well as a Wheaton error, taking the set 25-18.
- The Engineers raced to a 9-4 lead in the second set following a kill from Mullins. Wheaton slowly chipped away at the deficit and on a strong serve from Shafer, the Lyons captured a 22-20 advantage. Wheaton took the set courtesy of a Dinga kill and back-to-back aces from Sabrina Buxeda.
- WPI recorded the first five points of the third set, before pushing its advantage to 16-5. Wheaton tried to find a way back into the set, pulling within seven on a kill from Cat MacGregor, but that would be as close as the Lyons would get.
- The fourth set once again saw the Engineers take a commanding lead at the start, opening with an 8-3 advantage. A string of Wheaton errors pushed the WPI lead to 18-8. Wheaton was able to stifle the Engineers momentum by forcing back-to-back errors that pulled them within seven points, making it a 19-12 contest. The Engineers did just enough down the stretch to take the set and the match.
- Attacking percentage: Wheaton .058 - WPI .108
- Service aces: Wheaton 4 - WPI 13
- Digs: Wheaton 64 - WPI 70
- Block solos: Wheaton 1 - WPI 1
- Block assists: Wheaton 18 - WPI 4
UP NEXT: Wheaton returns to action at the Hall of Fame Tournament, which will take place Friday, Oct. 19 and Saturday, Oct. 20. Wheaton opens the tournament against Hamilton at 7 p.m. on Friday. The Lyons will then take on Worcester St. (11 a.m) and Trinity College (3 p.m.) on Saturday. Tournament Information