NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's volleyball team swept Salem State and Framingham State on the second and final day of action at the two-day UMass Dartmouth Invitational at the Tripp Athletic Center Saturday.
The Corsairs defeated Salem State, 25-16, 25-21, 18-25 and 25-21, then downed Framingham State, 25-22, 25-13 and 25-23. They finished the tournament undefeated, and claimed first place.
In the Salem State match, freshman outside hitter Brianna Perry (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) had 11 kills, while freshman outside hitter Stephanie Antoine (New Bedford, MA/Greater New Bedford Vo Tech HS) had 10. Senior setter Jess Goncalves (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) had 27 assists and three service aces, and seven digs, while freshman libero Linsay Boulay (Swansea, MA/Case HS) also had seven digs.
In the nightcap, freshman outside hitter Eliza Bowes (West Yarmouth, MA/Dennis-Yarmouth HS) led the way with 11 kills, Goncalves had 24 assists, and Boulay and freshman libero Alexis Ruest (Coventry, RI/Coventry HS) each had 11 digs.
Goncalves was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament, and she was joined on the All-Tournament Team by Antoine, Ashley Nee and Andrea Fernandes of Framingham State, Marillia Ramos of Regis, Kayla Clinkscale of Eastern Nazarene, and MacKenzie Carpenter of Salem State.
"Against Salem State, we lost the third game because we didn't score any points," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve DeRossi. "Against Framingham, Eliza Bowes stepped up big time. We were solid in terms of serve reception, with only two receiving errors. Considering that we are sire 6 and 0 after two weeks with as many young players as we have, I can't ask for much more. We have tremendous drive, and we feed off everyone else's energy."
The Corsairs improved to 6-0 with the wins, while SSU dropped to 0-4 and FSU lost for the first time this season and fell to 7-1. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Eastern Nazarene Tuesday evening.
UMASS DARTMOUTH VOLLEYBALL