Sept. 11, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's volleyball team won both of their matches on the second and final day of action at the UMass Dartmouth Invitational at the Tripp Athletic Center Saturday. The Corsairs defeated Eastern Nazarene, 25-14, 25-11 and then downed Framingham State, 25-12, 25-16 and 25-15.
For UMD, senior outside hitter Eleni Tsaparakis (Norwalk, CT/Norwalk HS) led the way with nine kills in the first match and 10 in the nightcap, junior outside hitter Allie Mastrocola (Swansea, MA/Case HS) added eight and 13, respectively, and junior middle hitter Cami Ascher (Natick, MA/Natick HS) had five in the first match and nine in the second. Sophomore setter Jess Goncalves (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) had 25 assists in the first match and 38 in the second. Senior outside hitter Lauren Safioleas (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS), who had six kills in the first match, added 5 service aces against Framingham, while Ascher had 3 aces against the Lions. Junior middle blocker Suzanne Landry (Tiverton, RI/Tiverton HS/CCRI) had two blocks against ENC, and Tsaparakis added one, while junior libero Shannon Brodie (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford HS) had 14 digs against FSU.
"We were very consistent at the net," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve DeRossi. "Jess served well in the first match, and, defensively, we received serve extremely well. We only had one reception error for the entire match. Against Framingham, we did a really good job of making them alter their attack because of our presence at the net."
In the other matches Saturday, Mount Ida defeated Salem State, 25-14, 25-9, 25-18, and Simmons, 25-19, 25-21 and 25-22, Framingham State defeated Simmons, 25-15, 25-17, 25-12, and Eastern Nazarene defeated Salem State, 25-21, 25-22, 27-25.
Tsaparakis was named the Most Valuable Player, and Goncalves and Mastrocola joined her on the All-Tournament Team, which also included Kate Fionte of Simmons, Ashley Trudeau of Framingham State, Jazmen Barrows of Salem State, Amber Burns of Eastern Nazarene and Devyn Frank of Mount Ida.
"To say that I was pleased is an understatement," said DeRossi. "When we played against tougher opponents, we didn't let up, and we didn't lose our focus."
DeRossi felt that the three Corsairs on the All-Tournament Team deserved their honors. "They had the best stats, and they played well, but it was a team victory," said DeRossi. "The kills and assists don't occur unless the back row people do a good job of passing. You don't start off the way we have unless all six people on the court are doing what they're supposed to do."
UMass Dartmouth improved to 7-0 with the sweep. They will return to action when they visit Salem State Tuesday evening.
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