WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Sophomore Nicole Silverman (Chelmsford, Mass.) and junior Amanda LaCroix (East Freetown, Mass.) combined for 46 kills in seven sets, as the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth volleyball squad claimed a 3-1 win over the University of St. Joseph. The Corsairs rebounded from a 3-0 loss to Mount Holyoke in the opener to seize a season-opening tri-match split at the O'Connell Center.
Score: Mount Holyoke 3, UMass Dartmouth 0 | UMass Dartmouth 3, USJ 1
Records: UMass Dartmouth (1-1) | Mount Holyoke (2-0) | USJ (0-2)
How it Happened
Mount Holyoke 3, UMass Dartmouth 0
Silverman slammed home a career-high 14 kills to open the Corsairs' 2017 season, but ultimately the Lyons' well-balanced attack downed UMass Dartmouth in three close sets.
Mount Holyoke opened with a 25-17 first-set victory before the Corsairs edged closer in the second, cutting down on attack errors and using a set-high five kills from Silverman to force a 23-25 final score. The Corsairs were able to knot the score at 19, but consecutive kills by MHC's Joy Maran (Santa Fe, N.M.) pushed the Lyons over the top.
The Corsairs could muster just eight kills in the final set, despite once again drawing even at 19, but MHC's Sarah Caggiano (Leonardtown, Md.) culminated three-straight points to close the match.
Sophomore Jordan Rittberger (Huntington, N.Y.) generated 27 assists, including 12 in the second set, to go along with a match-high four service aces. LaCroix joined Silverman in double-digit kills, totaling 11 along with nine digs.
UMass Dartmouth 3, USJ 1
LaCroix found her rhythm in the second match, recording a match-high 12 kills to lead UMass Dartmouth past the Bluejays for the Corsairs' first victory of the season.
UMass Dartmouth cruised in the opening set 25-16, firing off 11 kills while holding USJ to just two and forcing seven attack errors. The Bluejays bounced back quickly in set two, utilizing five-straight points on Carlie Gonzalez's (Los Fresnos, Texas) serve to edge ahead 24-22 and hold off the Corsairs for a 26-24 win.
In the third, the visitors battled out a 25-22 win and sealed the match with a dominating fourth set.
Freshman Alivia Connors (Derry, N.H.) made good on all four of her attack attempts while UMass Dartmouth committed just two attack errors, while sophomore Meghan Mullinax (Lake Balboa, Calif.) served the Corsairs to a 12-5 lead. The Bluejays couldn't recover, leading to a 25-12 final score.
Inside the Numbers
- The Corsairs are now winners of three-straight against USJ.
- For the day, UMass Dartmouth bettered its opponents 69-58 on kills, but were outdone on accuracy, hitting just .097 to opponents' .116.
- Silverman and LaCroix registered 23 kills apiece (3.29 kills per set) to pace UMass Dartmouth, with Silverman closing the day with a team-high .203 attack percentage.
- Rittberger averaged 8 assists per set between the two matches, totaling 56 assists to go along with a team-high nine service aces.
- Defensively, sophomore libero Jillian Sykora (Waterford, Conn.) finished with 22 digs (3.14 per set) and just three reception errors to lead the Corsair back court.
The Corsairs take to the court again next Wednesday, traveling to Simmons for a single match beginning at 7 p.m.