BOSTON, Mass. –University of Massachusetts Dartmouth were led by senior Eliza Bowes (West Yarmouth, Mass.) with a season high 8 service aces to help the Corsairs to victory against Suffolk 3-0, Tuesday night at the Tripp.
The Corsairs won for the second straight time and three out of the last four matches to improve to 6-7, while the Rams of Suffolk fell to 3-7. This would also be the 5th shutout for the Corsairs this season.
Senior teammates Brianna Perry (Acushnet, Mass) and Jasmine Burris (New Bedford, Mass.), had the top two dig numbers for the match, 21 and 15 respectively. Burris also chipped in 7 kills and 3 aces. Junior Christina Spinazola (Medway, Mass.) led the match with 27 assists
The Rams where led by sophomore Jane Buckley (Plaistow, N.H), who registered 6 kills on 25 attacks and 2 service aces. She was assisted by freshman Chidera Nwankwo who added 7 kills.
The first set was started out well for the Rams, who quickly gained a 7-2 lead over the Corsairs. The momentum swung in the Corsairs favor when Bowes stepped up to serve. She collected two of her eight aces in three serves, to pull the Corsiars within one point. UMass would eventually take the lead when senior Carina Filosa (Milford, Mass.) come up to serve for six straight points. From that point on the Corsairs would not give up the lead in the first set and eventually win it 25-16.
The second set was started off strong for UMass, but they quickly relinquished the lead after a 5-2 start, the Rams battled back to take the 16-7 lead. This power surge by Suffolk was led by Buckley, freshman Rachel Fancy (Agawam, Mass.), and senior Caitlyn Mockler (Manchester, Conn.). The Corsairs would eventually battle back with the assistance of Bowes. She would led the UMass team back to a tie at 21 all. Then the marathon would continue, the Corsairs would be the first to 25, but the Rams would just answer back right after the UMass score. This would continue until the Corsairs would finish off the set with kills by junior Megan Ronaghan (North Attleboro, Mass.) and freshman Olivia Wallett (Willington, Conn.) respectively, 33-31.
After a long fought marathon set, the Corsairs would dig deep and finish off the Rams with a final score of 25-10 in the third set. UMass would capitalize on the Rams tiredness, with 12 kills on 25 attacks, good enough for a 36% kill ratio. While at the same time the sluggish Suffolk team would have 2 kills on 23 attempts (4.3%)
UMass Dartmouth will return to action on Thursday, Sept. 24, when the Corsairs welcome Becker to the Tripp