DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Utilizing a .221 team attack percentage, the UMass Dartmouth volleyball team began its 2016 home slate with a tri-match split, hosting Eastern Nazarene and Lasell on Saturday to collect a 3-0 win a 3-2 loss, respectively.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 3, Eastern Nazarene 0 | Lasell 3, UMass Dartmouth 2
Records: UMass Dartmouth 3-2 | Eastern Nazarene 2-3 | Lasell 3-1
How it Happened
UMass Dartmouth cruised in the opener, doubling up the Lions on kills and hitting .233 with 10 service aces to pick up a 3-0 victory over Eastern Nazarene in the first match of the day. The second match proved to be a challenge, as sets were traded before Lasell prevailed in five by a 3-2 score.
UMass Dartmouth 3, Eastern Nazarene 0
The Corsairs commanded the stat sheet throughout the opening match, collecting 33 kills on 32 assists in an impressive offensive showing against the Lions. Freshman Anita Sengara (Vancouver, B.C.) registered her highest single-game attack percentage yet, tabulating 10 kills on a .333 percentage to lead all players.
Senior Kayla Kirby (Westport, Mass.) and freshman Taila Roberson (Norwalk, Conn.) also both exceeded .200 on their attack percentages and added six kills apiece. Twenty-nine of the Corsairs' 32 assists were attributed to senior setter Christina Spinazola (Medway, Mass.) as UMass Dartmouth executed with ease.
Freshman libero Jillian Sykora (Waterford, Conn.) recorded 15 of the Corsairs' 37 digs on the match, while the Corsair net players combined for five blocks on the match.
Lasell 3, UMass Dartmouth 2
The Lasers and Corsairs were evenly matched in UMass Dartmouth's second showing, but Lasell took the first, third and fifth sets while seeing three players reach double-digit kill totals. Sengara put forth a monster performance, registering 19 kills on a .378 attack percentage to go along with 18 digs, and helped her team to a .215 team attack percentage on the match.
Lasell squeaked by in the first set, with UMass Dartmouth countering in the second set, prevailing 25-16. The Corsairs held their opponents to just eight kills in the stanza before falling 16-25 in the third. A 25-19 victory in the fourth gave way to a 15-9 shortcoming in the final set.
Sophomore Emily West (Holyoke, Mass.) had her best outing yet, registering 10 kills while hitting .333. Spinazola added another 48 assists to her total on the day, while Sykora tallied a game-high 21 digs. On defense, West and Kirby each posted three blocks.
Inside the Numbers
- Spinazola's 48 assists against Lasell is a new career-high, bettering her previous mark of 43 which she tallied as a freshman against Bridgewater State.
- Sengara is the only player on the Corsair roster to post double-digit kills and double-digit digs in the same game on the season thus far.
- On the day, the Corsairs' attack game was remarkable, as the team's .221 hitting percentage bettered their opponents' combined percentage of .090.
- UMass Dartmouth recorded 21 services aces to Lasell and Eastern Nazarene's combined total of eight.
- The Corsairs have now won six-straight against the Lions, while the Lasers snap a two-game skid.
The Corsairs are at home again on Tuesday, welcoming Salve Regina for a dual match at 6 p.m.