KEENE, N.H. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth dropped a pair of matches this afternoon in a tri-meet with Keene State College and Framingham State University at the Owl Athletic Complex. The Owls swept the Corsairs 25-9, 25-20, and 25-7 in the opener, while the Rams outlasted UMass Dartmouth in the nightcap, 25-16, 23-25, 23-25, 25-20, and 15-13.
The Corsairs (10-16, 0-5 LEC) were eliminated from Little East Conference playoff contention with the loss to the Owls (15-15, 4-1). Framingham State erased a 2-1 deficit to earn the 3-2 decision for the second time this season. The Rams also edged UMass Dartmouth, 3-2, back on Sept. 6.
Junior Eliza Bowes (West Yarmouth, Mass. / Dennis-Yarmouth) led the Corsair attack in the opener with five kills on 11 swings for a .364 hitting percentage. Sophomore Christina Spinazola (Medway, Mass.) handed out 10 assists and two service aces, while junior Brianna Perry (Acushnet, Mass.) recorded 13 digs.
UMass Dartmouth captured the second and third sets by an identical score of 25-23 to take control of the match. Framingham State utilized a 5-1 run in the latter stages of the fourth frame to give the Rams a 20-15 advantage. The Corsairs were able to whittle their deficit to 22-19 before Framingham State scored three of the next four points to send the match into the decisive fifth set.
The final set was a see-saw affair with both teams knotted at 11. The Rams used a three-point surge to put themselves within one point of the match, but UMass Dartmouth was able to extend the game off an attacking error. Framingham State closed out the non-conference contest with a winner by Alycia Rackliffe.
Three Corsairs reached double digits in kills, led by junior Shannon Orton's (Swansea, Mass. / Joseph Case) 13. Classmate Jasmine Burris (New Bedford, Mass.) and Bowes each tallied 12 winners. Spinazola dished out 34 assists, while Burris posted a team-high 23 digs.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 7 p.m. on Oct. 28, when the Corsairs host Little East Conference member Eastern Connecticut State University (14-13, 4-2).