NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's volleyball team defeated both Eastern Nazarene and Regis on the first day of action at the two-day UMass Dartmouth Invitational at the Tripp Athletic Center Friday evening.
The Corsairs rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Eastern Nazarene, 21-25, 18-25, 25-15, 25-20 and 15-7, then blanked Regis, 25-20, 25-22 and 25-15.
Freshman outside hitter Stephanie Antoine (New Bedford, MA/Greater New Bedford Vo Tech HS) led the Corsairs in hitting with 13 kills against ENC and 10 against the Pride. Freshman outside hitter Brianna Perry (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) had 10 kills in the opener, while senior setter Jess Goncalves (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) had 38 assists in the first match and 18 in the second before the Corsairs switched to a 6-2 attack to give freshman setter Rebecca Larson (Fairhaven, MA/Fairhaven HS) and sophomore setter Caitlin Bien (Millbury, MA/Millbury HS) experience.
Freshman libero Linsay Boulay (Swansea, MA/Case HS) had 18 digs against the Lions, while freshman libero Alexis Ruest (Coventry, RI/Coventry HS) had 17 against Regis. Sophomore outside hitter Madison Shea (Millis, MA/Millis HS) entered the first match after the Corsairs went down, 2-0 and contributed four aces, while Perry added three. Sophomore middle blocker Tahirah Gibson (Norwood, MA/Norwood HS) had four blocks in the opener, and Gibson and Antoine each had two blocks in the second match.
"One of the reasons we got off to a slow start in the first match was that it wasn't one of our better serve receive matches," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve DeRossi. "We had 12 reception errors. The quality of our serving was one of the things that kept us in the game. We served consistently well, and everyone played during the course of the two matches."
The Corsairs improved to 4-0 with the wins, while the Pride dropped to 2-5 and the Lions lost for the first time this season and fell to 4-1. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Salem State and Framingham State Saturday day on the second and final day of the tournament.
UMASS DARTMOUTH VOLLEYBALL