NEW LONDON, Conn. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth volleyball team narrowly secured its second consecutive road win in two days, defeating Mitchell College 3-2 on Wednesday evening, 25-20, 25-13, 22-25, 20-25 and 18-16.
UMass Dartmouth increased its overall record to 6-8, while Mitchell drops to 2-8 on the 2014 season.
In the decisive fifth set, the Mariners increased their lead to four points (12-8) following a kill by Amanda Garcia. A pair of service aces from Corsair sophomore Christina Spinazola (Medway, Mass.) and a kill from junior Eliza Bowes (West Yarmouth, Mass.) and classmate Shannon Orton (Swansea, Mass.) brought the match deadlocked at 12-all. With a 14-13 lead, UMass Dartmouth looked as though they would walk away with the win until Myia Williams recorded a game-saving kill to force extra play. After trading points (16-16), a service error by the Mariners and a kill by Cara Butcher (East Longmeadow, Mass.) clinched the match for the Corsairs.
Orton and Bowes led UMass Dartmouth to its second highest kill total (43) of the season with 12 strikes each. The Corsairs compiled 19 service aces, its highest total in a game this season. Spinazola has had the hot serving hand as she contributed seven aces, following her eight service ace performance last night against Pine Manor, while Bowes added six and Brandi Britton (South Yarmouth, Mass.) with four, respectively. Spinazola also handed out a game-high 29 helpers in the win. Junior Brianna Perry (New Bedford, Mass.), Spinazola and Britton each reach double-figures in digs with 29, 12 and 12.
For the Mariners, Garcia and Williams compiled nine kills apiece, while Amanda Rowan added seven of her own. Nicole Caminiti dished out 28 assists, generated 20 digs and three service aces. Kaisea Caramante led the Mitchell's backline with 31 digs in the loss.
After the Mariners scored the first point of the match, the Corsairs went on an 8-1 run, capped by a kill by Bowes. For the duration of the opening set, UMass Dartmouth maintained a four to six point advantage, coming away with a 25-20 win.
In the second set, the Corsairs dominated from beginning to end. The visitors registered just two errors and recorded six service aces, including three from Spinazola and two from Britton, on their way to a 25-13 victory.
Facing a 2-0 deficit, the home team proceeded to win the next two sets to tie up the match. In set three, the Mariners held a five point advantage (24-19) and managed to fend off a late surge by UMass Dartmouth to seize their first set of the match. Following a kill by Williams to even the game at 10-all, Mitchell went up 20-15. A kill by Garcia sealed Game 4 for the home team, forcing a decisive fifth set.
UMass Dartmouth returns to the conference circuit on Saturday afternoon, squaring off with Plymouth State at 3 pm.