NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's volleyball team's Play for the Cure match was an artistic success, as the Corsairs downed visiting Wentworth in a non-conference match at the Tripp Athletic Center Thursday evening.
After losing a marathon in the first set, the Corsairs prevailed, 37-39, 25-14, 25-18 and 25-15.
For UMass Dartmouth, freshman outside hitter Stephanie Antoine (New Bedford, MA/Greater New Bedford Vo Tech HS) had 20 kills, two errors and 34 attempts for a hitting percentage of .524, junior outside hitter Kelly Lyons (Pocasset, MA/Bourne HS/Mass Maritime) had eight kills in 16 attempts for a hitting percentage of .500, and junior middle hitter Tahirah Gibson (Norwood, MA/Norwood HS) had 10 kills, two errors and 24 attempts for a hitting percentage of .333.
In her penultimate home match, senior setter Jess Goncalves (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) added 39 assists and four service aces. Freshman outside hitter Linsay Boulay (Swansea, MA/Case HS) had 13 digs, while Boulay had four solo blocks.
"The first set was exciting, it was the longest one we've played since I've been coaching here," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve DeRossi. "Jess pretty much took the team on her back after the first set. Offensively, we gave her the green light to run whatever she wanted once we got past the first set, and it worked out well. Kelly and Stephanie had absolutely outstanding offensive matches."
The Corsairs improved to 19-4 with the victory, while Wentworth dropped to 7-13 with the defeat.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Keene State Saturday. The Leopards will host Worcester State Saturday.
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