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Women’s Volleyball Knocks of WPI in NEWMAC Opener, 3-1

Women’s Volleyball Knocks of WPI in NEWMAC Opener, 3-1

WORCESTER, Mass.—Four players finished with at least nine kills and visiting Babson College hit a season-best .320 on its way to defeating WPI in four sets, 25-20, 25-20, 21-25, 25-20, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's volleyball action on Tuesday night inside Harrington Auditorium.

Babson, which has won four straight matches, improves to 5-3 overall and 1-0 in league play, while WPI drops to 6-1 overall and 0-1 in the NEWMAC.

Junior Kristin Carosotto (East Greenwich, R.I.) hit .632 and had 12 kills, sophomore Allie Puccio (New Hartford, N.Y.) registered 11 kills, and junior Elizabeth Cameron (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) finished with nine kills, 38 assists and three blocks to lead the Beavers. Senior Shannon Roseen (Malden, Mass.) also had nine kills, while first-year Samantha Hardan (Woodway, Wash.) led three players in double figures with 13 digs.

Junior Colleen Mullins (Andover, Mass.) finished with 14 kills and 13 digs, while senior Casey Hunt (Granby, Conn.) added 12 kills for the Engineers. Classmate Azita Bakhtyari (Andover, Mass.) also dished out a match-high 43 assists in a losing effort.

Despite hitting at a .419 clip in the frame, Babson trailed 18-17 in the opening set before scoring eight of the next 10 points. Roseen had two kills, Carosotto assisted on a pair of blocks and Puccio registered a kill on set point to give the Green and White a one-game lead.

Four different players recorded a kill and sophomore Sabrina Lechner (Novato, Calif.) contributed a pair of blocks to help the Beavers build a 10-3 advantage in the second set. WPI got as close as two twice, but the Green and White rattled off nine of the next 12 points to lead by as many as eight late in the stanza.

The Engineers trailed just once on their way to taking the third set, but Babson responded with 14 kills and a .344 hitting percentage to close out the match in the fourth. With the game deadlocked at 7-7, the Green and White got kills from four players and service aces from Hardan and sophomore Cassidy Witten (Honolulu, Hawaii) as part of an 11-3 run. WPI cut its deficit to 22-20, but a kill by Carosotto and consecutive errors ended the threat.

Babson returns to Worcester on Saturday to take on Clark and No. 6 Johnson & Wales in a tri-match beginning at 11 a.m., while WPI visits Anna Maria on Thursday at 7 p.m.

• The Beavers are 31-11 all-time against WPI and have won 13 of their last 16 matches in the series.
• Babson has won seven consecutive conference openers going back to 2012.
• In her last three matches against WPI, Roseen is hitting at a .371 clip and averaging 3.40 kills per set.
• Babson is 84-8 dating back to 2014 when it wins the first set.