Volleyball Falls to Bridgewater State, 3-2

Volleyball Falls to Bridgewater State, 3-2

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's volleyball team was edged out by visiting Bridgewater State, 25-17, 12-25, 21-25, 25-17, and 15-13 in a non-conference match at the Tripp Athletic Center Thursday evening.

For UMass Dartmouth, freshman setter Christina Spinazola (Medway, MA/Medway HS) had 43 assists and 15 digs, senior middle blocker Tahirah Gibson (Norwood, MA/Norwood HS) had 13 kills and three blocks, while sophomore outside hitter Eliza Bowes (West Yarmouth, MA/Dennis-Yarmouth HS) and sophomore outside hitter Brianna Perry (New Bedford, MA / New Bedford) had 11 kills each. Sophomore libero Carina Filosa (Milford, MA / Milford) recorded 15 digs, while Perry recorded nine digs.  

For the Bears, freshman setter Charleyne Panner (Gilford, NH / Gilford) recorded 41 assists, sophomore middle hitter Julie Hutchins (Bellingham, MA / Bellingham) had 12 kills and six blocks, and senior libero Kristen Robillard (Swansea, MA / Joseph Case) tallied 29 digs.

"Bridgewater is tough and when we play them, there is always a little extra rivalry," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve DeRossi. "This was the best we've played so far this year. It's the kind of volleyball I hoped we would've gotten to play sooner. We played really well in four out of the five sets. We gave some soft points away, and put ourselves in the situation we were in."

The Corsairs dropped to 1-7 with the defeat, while the Bears improved to 5-7 with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Western Connecticut State and Lasell Saturday. Bridgewater State will host Mount Ida Monday.