Springfield, which is ranked second in New England and is receving votes in the AVCA National Poll, now stands at 24-2 on the year and remains perfect in league play with a 7-0 mark. WPI moves to 19-6 and 4-3 in NEWMAC action. Despite the loss, the Engineers secured a berth in the upcoming six-team NEWMAC Tournament based on other results Tuesday around the conference. The Engineers are currently in fifth place in the 10-team loop.
Senior Sarah Lang-Rodean notched a match-best nine kills to lead the way in the victory in Harrington Auditorium. Springfield, who never trailed in the match, won by scores of 25-16, 25-11, 25-6.
Lang-Rodean committed just one error in 19 attempts en route to posting a .421 hitting percentage. Juniors Lauren Torvi and Kim Giaquinto added eight and six kills respectively while junior Meaghan Hart posted 15 digs and sophomore Cassie Seymour added 10 digs of her own. Senior Kelsea Hellyar chipped in with 33 assists for the Pride as she directed the offense.
Sophomore Elyssa Dorenfeld paced the Engineers with eight kills and five digs. Junior Kim Woodward amassed 15 assists, while classmate Joan Porambo recorded 13 digs for the Crimson and Gray.
Both squads turn their attention to this weekend’s Hall of Fame Invitational. WPI begins Silver Bracket play at Mount Holyoke on Friday at 5pm versus Gordon while Springfield starts Gold Bracket action on the same day at Smith at 7pm against Bowdoin.