Women's Volleyball

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Match Preview: Women's Volleyball vs. WPI

Match Preview: Women's Volleyball vs. WPI

Women's Volleyball vs. WPI
Tuesday, September 12—7 p.m.
Staake Gymnasium—Babson Park, Mass.

Babson and WPI will meet for the 41st time on Tuesday night in the NEWMAC opener for both teams. The Beavers are 29-11 all-time in a series that dates back to 1977 and have won 11 of their last 14 matches against the Engineers.

Junior Shannon Roseen hit .381 and led all players with 10 kills, while classmate Gizem Yilmaz racked up six kills, six service aces, seven digs and a career-high nine blocks as Babson defeated WPI in three sets, 25-19, 25-18, 25-11, on October 4, 2016, in Worcester. The Beavers totaled 11 blocks and limited the Engineers to just a .045 hitting percentage in the victory.

Senior Melissa Daigle finished with 18 kills and junior Casey Hunt added 12 kills and 16 digs as WPI won the final two sets to defeat Babson, 3-2 (17-25, 25-17, 23-25, 25-19, 15-13), on October 6, 2015, in Babson Park. Mary Donahue '16 hit .392 and ended with a career-high 22 kills for the Beavers.

WPI (2-4, 0-0 NEWMAC) has won two of its last three matches following a 3-0 victory over Mount Ida on Saturday. First-years Amanda Wetmore and Kate Amrein combined to hit .548 with 19 kills and classmate Julia DeLo dished out 24 assists for the Engineers, who hit .283 as a team. Wetmore is hitting .521 and leads the team in kills (3.17) and blocks per set (0.83), while Hunt is contributing 2.74 kills and 3.21 digs per set. Junior Victoria Nassar is averaging a team-high 4.59 digs and classmate Azita Bakhtyari is dishing out 8.00 assists per frame.

Babson (5-2, 0-0 NEMWAC) wrapped up its weekend at the MIT Invitational with a 3-1 win over Roger Williams on Saturday afternoon. Roseen and first-year Allie Puccio both set new career highs with 14 kills, while fellow first-year Gaby Miller added 12 kills and 15 digs for the Beavers, who recorded a season-high 16 service aces. Puccio is averaging 2.88 kills and hitting .249, while Roseen (2.62 k/s) and sophomore Kristin Carosotto (2.29 k/s) have combined to hit .202. Fellow sophomore Elizabeth Cameron is dishing out 9.68 assists per set and junior Abby Beecher leads the Green and White in total digs (96) and digs per set (4.00).

The Beavers, who were picked to finish fourth when the NEWMAC released its preseason poll in late August, have won each of their last five conference openers since 2012.

The Green and White has won 14 straight matches inside Staake Gymnasium while dropping a total of just four sets during this stretch.

In addition to receiving new career highs from Miller and Puccio, fellow first-year Cassidy Witten put together a strong performance at the MIT Invitational. She had eight digs and two service aces in Friday's loss to La Verne, followed it up with a season-high 12 digs against Geneseo, and recorded 10 digs and three service aces in the win over Roger Williams.

The Beavers are 5-0 this season and 22-4 over the last two years when recording more kills than their opponents.