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WPI Tops Women's Volleyball

WPI Tops Women's Volleyball

Springfield, Mass. - October 2, 2021 - The Springfield College women's volleyball team was upended in three sets to WPI in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) meeting in Dana Gymnasium on Saturday.  Set scores in favor of the Engineers were 26-24, 25-10, 25-23. 

Springfield, which was once again receiving votes in the AVCA Division III National Coaches Poll, slipped to 11-3, 3-3 in conference play.  WPI1 boosted its mark to 10-4, 2-4. 

The Pride hit just .043 on the afternoon, as Ashley Tanner (Manorville, N.Y.) and Camryn Bancroft (Eastport, N.Y.) each had seven kills.  Claire Dorr (Massapequa, N.Y.) picked up a team-best 14 digs and Sara Labadorf (Huntersville, N.C.) added 23 assists, six digs, three aces, and two blocks.

WPI was led by Amanda Wetmore's match-high 18 kills that came at a .359 clip, while Catherine Reynolds produced 26 assists and 14 digs in leading the visitors offense to a .291 hitting percentage. 

Springfield was in control of the first set, owning an 18-9 lead following a WPI miscue.  Three-straight kills from Wetmore forced the Pride into a timeout at 19-15, but Jamie Albrecht's (Selden, N.Y.) fourth kill of the set would later give the Pride set point at 24-20.  A sideout kill from Oliva Deckers then kickstarted a set-ending 6-0 push, as Reynolds delivered two aces in the spurt for the 26-24 win. 

The Engineers rode that momentum into the second set, breaking a 5-5 tie with an 8-1 burst fueled by three aces from Wetmore, to earn a 13-6 advantage.  A solo block from Bancroft would pull the Pride within 15-10, only to have WPI score the final 10 points of the frame to win 25-10.  

An ace from Labadorf put Springfield ahead 10-7, but WPI would take advantage of five Springfield errors as part of a 8-2 surge by the visitors as the Pride called for a timeout trailing 15-12. The teams would eventually be tied at 21-all, but back-to-back Springfield attack errors gave WPI the cushion it would need en route to taking the 25-23 win.  Both Tanner and Natalie Billet (Commack, N.Y.) had five kills apiece in the final set. 

On Tuesday, Springfield will host another conference foe as it takes on Clark at 7 pm. 

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