Simmons Overpowers Volleyball, 3-0

Simmons Overpowers Volleyball, 3-0

BOSTON – Simmons outgunned the Corsairs with accuracy and service power, prevailing over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth volleyball team 3-0 at Moore Gymnasium on Wednesday evening.

The Basics
Score: Simmons 3, UMass Dartmouth 0
Records: Simmons (3-2) | UMass Dartmouth (1-2)

How it Happened
Junior Amanda LaCroix (East Freetown, Mass.) led UMass Dartmouth's efforts around the court, amassing six kills with a team-high eight digs. Sophomore Jordan Rittberger (Huntington, N.Y.) fueled the offense with 17 assists to go along with six digs, and fellow captain Nicole Silverman (Chelmsford, Mass.) also chipped in six kills.

For Simmons, Morgan Weeg (Goodyear, Ariz.) recorded a match-high 13 kills with just two errors for a .478 attack percentage. Julia Fusco (Beverly, Mass.) tabulated 11 digs, with Faith Gray-Williams (Las Vegas, Nev.) generating 14 assists.

The Sharks put the Corsairs in a hole early, with Amber Peterson (Las Vegas, Nev.) serving her squad to a 10-2 lead to begin the first set. A kill by freshman Tashneal Africa (Chelsea, Mass.) ended the streak, but Simmons kept in front to capture a 25-16 first set.

LaCroix twice edged UMass Dartmouth within two points midway through the second set, and Rittberger would draw the Corsairs even at 13 on her serve. The teams traded points until Gray-Williams fired back-to-back service aces, and two kills by Weeg put the Sharks back in front for good, claiming a 25-19 margin in the second.

The Corsairs would again keep within shouting distance in the third set, tying the score on three-straight points before Gray-Williams against silenced the challenge with her serve. Kenna McCarthy (Shelter Island, N.Y.) closed out the 25-14 final set with a trio of service aces.

Inside the Numbers

  • Simmons outdid the Corsairs on accuracy, generating a team attack percentage of .280 to UMass Dartmouth's .070.
  • Silverman and LaCroix combined for 12 of the Corsairs' 20 kills and 15 of the squad's 30 digs.
  • The Sharks finished with 15 service aces on the contest.

Up Next
UMass Dartmouth stays on the road Saturday, trekking to Lasell to take on the Lasers and Eastern Nazarene for a tri-match beginning at 11 a.m.