NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Senior Erin McGloin recorded a game-high eight kills to power Salve Regina University to a 3-0 victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth this evening in a NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball match at the Tripp Athletic Center. The Seahawks cruised to a 25-15, 25-12, and 25-23 win to even their record at 3-3.
McGloin led Salve Regina with eight kills on 16 swings to post a 50.0 hitting percentage, while classmate Katelyn Beauregard (Dartmouth, Mass.) registered seven winners. Senior Taylor Violet (Tiverton, R.I.) handed out 17 assists, while classmates Dianna Tauro (Melrose, Mass. / Bishop Fenwick) and Jennifer Duggan (Merrimack, N.H.) combined for 38 digs with 20 and 18, respectively.
In the first set, the Seahawks scored eight of the first 10 points, including a six-point run, to race out to an 8-2 lead. The visitors used a well-balanced attack as four different student-athletes recorded a kill during the decisive streak. Salve Regina stretched its advantage to a set-high 12 points (23-11) before taking the opener 25-15.
The Corsairs opened the second stanza with a slim 2-1 lead, but the Seahawks answered with seven straight points to build an 8-2 advantage. The hosts whittled their deficit to five points (9-4), but Salve Regina strung together three consecutive markers to regain the momentum. The visitors were able to maintain a comfortable advantage for the remainder of the set and cruised to a 13-point win.
UMass Dartmouth would not go quietly on its home court, jumping out to a four-point advantage at 12-8 in set No. 3. The Seahawks were able to forge a 14-all tie, but the Corsairs scored three consecutive markers to spark a visitor's timeout. Salve Regina responded with six of the next eight points to regain its advantage. A sophomore Cara Butcher (East Longmeadow, Mass.) kill leveled the game at 23-all, but the visitors registered a winner and benefitted from a bad set to seal the three-set win.
Junior Shannon Orton (Swansea, Mass. / Joseph Case) paced UMass Dartmouth with six kills on 24 attempts, while sophomore Christina Spinazola (Medway, Mass.) dished out 15 helpers. Junior Brianna Perry (Acushnet, Mass. / New Bedford) and classmate Jasmine Burris (New Bedford, Mass. / Greater New Bedford) combined for 33 digs with 18 and 15 respectively.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action tomorrow night at 7 p.m., when the Corsairs close their seven-game home stand against Eastern Nazarene. UMass Dartmouth swept the Lions on Friday night in Game 1 of the UMass Dartmouth Invitational.