BOSTON – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's volleyball team was ousted in straight sets on Tuesday evening, dropping a 3-0 decision to host UMass Boston in Little East Conference play at the Clark Athletic Center.
Score: UMass Boston 3, UMass Dartmouth 0
Records: UMass Boston (7-10, 3-0 LEC) | UMass Dartmouth (7-7, 0-3 LEC)
How It Happened
Elleen Shi (San Francisco, Calif.) and Rachel Maslach (Berlin Center, Ohio) combined for 19 kills to lead the Beacons. The Corsairs improved as the contest went on, but were unable to top UMass Boston dropping the sets 25-6, 25-19, 25-22. Junior Amanda LaCroix (East Freetown, Mass.) paced the Corsairs with eight kills while freshman Riley Thomas (Fairhaven, Mass.) finished with 17 assists.
The Beacons came out of the gates with momentum brewing. After surrendering the first two points on attack errors, UMass Boston rattled off eight consecutive points in the opening set. The longest streak of points in the match came in the opener, as a kill from Sarah Doyle (Glendale, Calif.) sparked a run of 10 straight for the hosts, giving them a 19-4 lead before closing it out.
UMass Dartmouth got out to a quick 6-2 lead in the second set on a pair of assists from Thomas, but the Beacons rallied back as three straight kills and an ace from Sidnee Berch (Boca Raton, Fla.) knotted the score at six. The Corsairs hung in with the Beacons for the remainder of the set, but runs of five- and six- straight points gave the host the 25-19 advantage.
In the third set, the visiting UMass got out to its largest lead of the match at 11-6. But the Beacons battled back, cutting the deficit to two midway through. UMass Boston tied the set at 18 each following a back-and-fourth with the Corsairs. With the teams tied at 21, the Beacons got three straight points to put the pressure on. LaCroix came up with a kill to make the score 24-22, but UMass Boston earned the next two points on errors to close out the game.
Inside the Numbers
- The Beacons held the advantage in kills with 39 on a .350 team hitting percentage to the Corsairs 20.
- UMass Dartmouth finished the game with 22 total errors, getting called for a game-high nine in the opening set. UMass Boston were charged with just 11 miscues in the contest.
- The Corsairs were held to a season-low 20 kills on the three sets.
UMass Dartmouth returns to the Tripp Athletic Center on Thursday when non-conference opponent Mass. Maritime comes to town for a 6:00 P.M. meeting.