Corsairs Lose to Southern Maine and Rivier

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth volleyball team closed out the year with two losses to the University of Southern Maine and Rivier University on Saturday at the Tripp Athletic Center.

The five set loss 19-25, 25-22, 25-16, 18-25 and 15-8 to Souther Maine (22-10, 2-5 LEC) has eliminated UMass Dartmouth (7-23, 1-6 LEC) from a possible run in the post-season. The victory for the Huskies gave them the sixth and final spot in the Little East Conference Championship.  Along with clinching a playoff berth, Southern Maine tied the school's single-season win total with 22 wins. 

For the Corsairs, senior Tahirah Gibson (Norwood, Mass.) led the offensive attack with 12 kills and was a force on net with seven total blocked shots. Sophomore Brianna Perry (New Bedford, Mass.) chipped in with seven kills and 13 digs. Libero Christina Filosa (Milford, Mass.) tied the game-high with 24 digs, while freshman Christina Spinazola (Medway, Mass.) dished out 20 assists.    

A relatively young Southern Maine team was powered by their freshman class. Amanda Keppel (Springfield, Pa.) recorded 13 kills, three service aces and tied with a game-high 24 digs. Three-time Little East Rookie of the Week Kristina Rubico (Chelmsford, Mass.) matched her classmate with 13 kills and added two service aces to go along with 11 digs. Setter Megan Nilson (Granby, Conn.) distributed a game-high 30 assists in the win.      

In their second match of the day, UMass Dartmouth was blanked by Rivier (24-8) in three sets 25-22, 26-24 and 25-13. 

The Raiders were led by senior captain Nicole Peacock (Warwick, R.I.) who registered a game-high 13 kills and three service aces. Peacock converted on an impressive 52 percent of her attacks. Emily O'Reilly (San Francisco, Cali.) did an outstanding job setting up her teammates as she recorded 32 assists in only three sets.

Gibson once again led the Corsairs with seven kills and three blocks, sophomore Eliza Bowes (West Yarmouth, Mass.) contributed six kills and two service aces and Spinazola doled out 18 assists.    

UMass Dartmouth volleyball finishes the year with an overall record of 7-23 and will be saying farewell to seniors Kelly Lyons (Bourne, Mass.) and Gibson.