Sept. 10, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s volleyball team swept visiting Salem State and Simmons on the first day of action at the two-day UMass Dartmouth Invitational at the Tripp Athletic Center Friday evening. The Corsairs won all three games against the Vikings by identical scores of 25-11, 25-11 and 25-11, and then downed the Sharks, 25-16, 25-10 and 25-12.
Senior outside hitter Eleni Tsaparakis (Norwalk, CT/Norwalk HS), junior outside hitter Allie Mastrocola (Swansea, MA/Case HS) and junior middle hitter Cami Ascher (Natick, MA/Natick HS) shone for UMass Dartmouth. Tsaparakis led the Corsairs with 13 kills against SSC and seven against Simmons, Mastrocola added 11 kills in each match, Ascher contributed four kills against Salem State, while senior outside hitter Lauren Safioleas (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) had six kills against Simmons. Against Salem State, Tsaparakis, Mastrocola and Ascher combined to make only a single hitting error in 43 attempts.
"We were very consistent with our front row attack, which was one of our off-season goals," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve DeRossi. "Statistically, hitting percentage has more correlation to winning than any other statistic in volleyball. We had solid passing, and we got 24 assists from (sophomore setter) Jess Goncalves (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) in the first match, and 22 in the second."
Junior liberos Shannon Brodie (Chelmsford, MA/ Chelmsford HS) and Amanda Micco (Waltham, MA/Waltham HS) had eight and six digs, respectively, against SSC, while Brodie and Mastrocola had six apiece against Simmons. Tsaparakis had three blocks against Salem State and four against Simmons, while junior middle blocker Suzanne Landry (Tiverton, RI/Tiverton HS/CCRI) contributed two blocks against the Vikings and three more against the Sharks
In Friday’s other matches, Mount Ida defeated Framingham State in four games, 25-22, 24-26, 25-21 and 25-16, and downed Eastern Nazarene in three, 25-17, 25-20 and 25-17. The Rams defeated Salem State in three, 25-18, 25-8 and 25-16, while the Sharks downed ENC in three, 25-15, 25-14 and 26-24.
UMass Dartmouth improved to 5-0 with the wins, while Salem State fell to 2-4 with the losses. Mount Ida improved to 3-2 with their two victories, FSC is now 5-5, Simmons is 1-4 and Eastern Nazarene is 0-6. The tournament will conclude Saturday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH VOLLEYBALL