BOSTON, Mass. – The Regis College women's volleyball team rattled off six consecutive points in the fifth set to secure a 3-2 non-conference win over Wentworth Institute of Technology on Thursday evening in non-conference action.
With the win, the Pride improves 9-9 overall, while the Leopards dip to 4-11.
Wentworth overcame a 5-1 deficit in the fourth set to tie the session at 5-5 before both teams traded points over the next few serves. Junior Amanda Hunton (Monroe, N.Y.) helped the Black and Gold secure the lead with a service ace, extending the Leopards' advantage to 20-14, but a kill by Regis sophomore Emily DeBarros (Brockton, Mass) ignited a 6-1 run to bring the visitors within one point (21-20).
Sophomore Katelyn Carlson (Stratford, Conn.) helped Wentworth halt their opponents run with a pair of service aces, while freshman Sarah Hyndmann (Encinitas, Calif.) added a kill, which clinched the fourth set and evened the match at 2-2.
The Leopards and Pride swapped points throughout the final set before an attack error against the Pride pushed the Leopards ahead, 10-9. Sophomore Graciella Molinari (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) helped the visitors overcome their miscue with a kill that jumpstarted a six-point spurt to secure the match. Molinari, sophomore Sydney Trusty (Durham, Conn.) and freshman Rachel Bartels (Edinburg, Texas) collaborated for four kills during their team's 6-0 run.
A 14-2 run by Regis helped the visitors secure an opening match lead for good. Wentworth sophomore Sydney Meyers (Washington, D.C.) halted the run with a kill that trimmed the deficit and brought the hosts within eight points (14-8). An attack error against the Leopards reenergized the Pride, as Trusty's kill ignited a 9-6 run that provided Regis with a first set victory.
Wentworth junior Jordan Young (Derry, N.H.) provided a spark for the Leopards in the beginning of the second set with a kill that put the hosts ahead, 3-0, but Regis countered off a service error to eventually push ahead, 14-11. Young again helped the Black and Gold rally, recording a kill that was set-up by Hunton that resulted in a 12-5 run to even the match at 1-1.
Regis regained momentum in the third set with a kill by Molinari that pushed the visitors ahead, 5-0. Wentworth did rally back, staying within a few points over the next few serves, but a service ace by Molinari jumpstarted a 7-4 run to provide the Pride with a third set victory.
Hyndman and Meyers each recorded six kills, Hunton tallied 13 assists and senior Hannah Bailey (Plymouth, Mass.) registered eight digs. Young added five kills and Carlson tallied 10 assists. Sophomore Caroline Shea (Abington, Mass.) and Carlson concluded the match each hitting .286.
Molinari paced Regis registering a team-high 15 kills, Trusty recorded 13 kills and Bartels added nine kills. Sophomore Crystina Lathrop (Houston, Texas) tallied 48 assists, classmate Nicole Connolly (San Mateo, Calif.) registered 16 digs and Lathrop hit a team-best .667.
Both teams return to action on Saturday, October 3, competing in tri-matches. Wentworth heads to Newbury College for a pair of matches with the Nighthawks and Daniel Webster – first match is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. against the Eagles – while the Regis hosts Worcester State University and Mount Holyoke, beginning with an 11:00 a.m. first serve against the Lancers.
Release courtesy of Wentworth Sports Information