DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's volleyball team nearly overcame a two-set deficit, dropping the season-opener to Worcester State University, 3-1, this evening at the Tripp Athletic Center.
The Lancers earned their first win of the season, defeating the Corsairs 25-23, 25-18, 19-25, and 25-22.
Junior Megan Ronaghan (North Attleboro, Mass.) posted a double-double with a match-high 17 kills and 10 digs, while junior Christina Spinazola (Medway, Mass.) piloted the attack with 31 assists. Senior Brianna Perry (Acushnet, Mass.) registered 32 digs.
Worcester State was led by freshman Emily Carens (Northboro, Mass.), who fired 12 kills and scooped up 18 digs. Sophomore Alysia Pearce (Pepperell, Mass.) handed out 24 helpers, while senior Kaylee Leduc (Swansea, Mass.) matched Carens' production with 18 digs.
In a closely contested opening set, the Lancers raced out to a 15-9 advantage. The Corsairs responded with a 9-3 run, including the final five points on Ronaghan's serve. Both teams traded points until the visitors snapped a 23-all tie with a Carens winner and Corsair attacking error.
Worcester State jumped out to a 15-9 lead in the second set and never looked back. The Lancers scored five consecutive points after letting their lead dip to three (16-13) to seize control of the match.
Unfazed by the two-set deficit, UMass Dartmouth extended the match by taking the third set. The Corsairs began to focus their offensive sets around Ronaghan, who delivered with five of the team's 13 winners. Perry provided a solid backline with 10 of her 20 overall digs.
UMass Dartmouth rode the momentum of the third set victory into the fourth frame, winning the opening three points. However, the Lancers responded with nine of the next 10 points to take a 9-4 lead. The Corsairs battled back with a quick, 6-1 run to forge a 10-all tie. Worcester State was able to stem the tide and use a 6-2 push (17-13) before the hosts made their final stand. UMass Dartmouth countered with a 7-1 run to take its final advantage of the night (20-18). Similar to the first set, the visitors broke a tie late in the match—scoring the final three points—to seal the victory.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 12 p.m. on Sept. 4, when the Corsairs host the eighth annual UMass Dartmouth Invitational.