WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – Despite a match-high 14 kills by sophomore Nicole Silverman (Chelmsford, Mass.), early struggles by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth resulted in a 3-0 victory for Eastern Connecticut in Little East Conference play on Tuesday.
Score: Eastern Connecticut 3, UMass Dartmouth 0
Records: Eastern Connecticut (13-6, 3-1 LEC) | UMass Dartmouth (8-10, 0-4 LEC)
How it Happened
The Warriors jumped out to a fast start, taking a 12-6 lead in the first set before the first timeout. Thanks to five kills and no errors by ECSU freshman Alaetra Long (Lincoln, Neb.), the hosts put forth a .500 team attack percentage in the opener to force the Corsairs into a 25-10 score.
Mckenzie Maneggia (Andover, Conn.) served the Warriors into a 9-0 lead to kick off the second set. After just eight kills in the first, UMass Dartmouth mustered just four kills in the second while the Warriors connected for a match-high 16, cruising to the quick 2-0 lead by a 25-13 score.
The Corsairs finally pulled their weight in the third set, totaling 15 kills including seven by Silverman. After six-straight ECSU points put the hosts ahead 21-11, sophomore Jordan Rittberger (Huntington, N.Y.) began to connect with Silverman and junior Amanda LaCroix (East Freetown, Mass.) to pull the score to 23-16. Sophomore Jillian Sykora (Waterford, Conn.) served the Corsairs within just two points, 23-21, to force an ECSU timeout. Out of the break, the Warriors were able to clinch the final two points to prevail 25-21.
Inside the Numbers
- In addition to her 14 kills on her .243 attack percentage, Silverman was perfect on 23 serve receptions for the match, totaling nine digs.
- In her first match since Sept. 16, Rittberger finished with 18 assists and six digs.
- Sykora led all players with 18 digs and zero reception errors, with LaCroix adding 13 digs with nine kills.
- ECSU extends its winning streak over UMass Dartmouth to seven-straight matches.
The Corsairs return home for a non-conference bout on Thursday, hosting Worcester State at 6 p.m. at the Tripp Athletic Center.