WENHAM, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth volleyball team defeated Daniel Webster in straight sets and fell to host Gordon College in a non-conference tri-match on Saturday afternoon at Bennett Center.
UMass Dartmouth 3 Daniel Webster 0
The two teams played a game of runs in the opening set, but UMass-Dartmouth was able to outlast the Eagles and secure a 25-22 win. It was much of the same in the second set, only this time the Corsairs were able to pull away down the stretch, 25-18. In the third and final set, UMass Dartmouth sat in the driver's seat for a majority of the match. A late rally by Daniel Webster would fall short as the Corsairs managed to complete the sweep, 25-21.
The Corsairs were led by Shannon Orton (Swansea, Mass.) and Eliza Bowes (West Yarmouth, Mass.) with six kills each. Christina Spinazola (Medway, Mass.) had 13 assists and three aces, while Brianna Perry (Acushnet, Mass.) recorded 22 digs in the libero position.
For the Eagles, Madeline Roulier had six kills and Sarah Durocher had 23 assists to pace the offense. Courtney Sheyenne-Warrington added 15 digs on the backline for Daniel Webster.
Gordon 3 UMass Dartmouth 0
UMass Dartmouth and Gordon played each other evenly over the first two sets. In both sets, the Fighting Scots and Corsairs came down to the final few points, but each time Gordon was able to pull out a 25-23 victory.
In the final set, Gordon used a series of runs to pull out to a 19-10 lead. Despite an 8-2 run for the Corsairs, Gordon was able to lock it down in the final few points for a 25-20 win in the deciding game.
Spinazola had 17 assists and four digs for the Corsairs, while Bowers registered six kills and Perry contributed 28 digs. On the other side, Faith Gerdes (10 kills), Jenna Labbadia (nine kills) and Jessica Burdick (eight kills) paced Gordon's attack, with Joy Kimmel dishing out 32 assists. Maggie Risma added 23 digs in the back line.
After the conclusion of the tri-match, the Corsair's overall record moved to 4-5, while Daniel Webster slipped to 0-6 and Gordon to 7-3 on the year.
UMass Dartmouth is back in action when the Corsairs travel to Bridgewater State on Thursday, Sep. 18, for a 6:00 p.m. non-conference contest.