DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Junior Brianna Perry (Acushnet, Mass. / New Bedford) registered a season-high 42 digs to help the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth outlast visiting Eastern Nazarene 3-1 this evening in a NCAA Division III women's volleyball match at the Tripp Athletic Center.
The Corsairs (3-4) defeated the Lions (1-9) 25-20, 25-23, 22-25, and 25-20. The two teams were meeting for the second time in the past five days with the hosts earning both decisions.
Junior Eliza Bowes (West Yarmouth, Mass. / Dennis Yarmouth) and classmate Jasmine Burris (New Bedford, Mass. / Greater New Bedford) both reached double digits in kills to pace the offensive attack. Bowes registered a team-best 13 winners along with six digs, while Burris turned in a well-rounded performance with 10 kills, four service aces, and 17 digs. Sophomore Christina Spinazola (Medway, Mass.) continued to directed the front line with 23 assists, while also adding 17 digs.
UMass Dartmouth raced out to a two-set lead, but Eastern Nazarene prevented the sweep with a 25-22 win. The Lions held a 20-6 advantage in the third stanza, but the Corsairs rattled off 10 consecutive points to close the gap. The hosts' were able to whittle their deficit to one point, 22-21, but Eastern Nazarene regained its composure to tally three of the final four points to take the set.
In the fourth frame, UMass Dartmouth found themselves facing an early seven-point deficit, but registered nine of the next 10 points to hold a slim 13-12 advantage. The two teams continued to battle back and forth before the Corsairs sealed the victory with the final four markers of the evening.
Senior Kortney Jenkins (Bunker Hill, W. Va.) recorded a double-double for the visitors with a game-high 14 kills and 20 digs. Sophomore Lauryl Berger (Laurel, Del.) dished out 24 assists, while freshman Oksana DiCamillo (Nottingham Township, Pa.) tallied a team-best 22 digs.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 12 p.m. on Sept. 13, when the Corsairs travel to Gordon College for a tri-match with Fighting Scots and Daniel Webster.