Sept. 18, 2010
GORHAM, ME-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's volleyball team is off to their best start ever.
The Corsairs earned their 10th and 11th consecutive victories at the start of the season, sweeping host Southern Maine in their 2010 Little East Conference opener and Worcester State in a non-conference match at the Costello Athletic Complex Saturday. UMD downed the Huskies, 25-9, 25-6 and 25-21, and then defeated the Lancers, 25-11, 27-25 and 25-14.
The second game featured a comeback after UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve DeRossi's protest was upheld. "We left the floor down 25-23, and our manager, Nadia Santos, checked the score and said that the scorebook was wrong," said DeRossi. "They had inadvertently failed to give us a point, and it should have been 25-24. We came back and won the next three points. I've been coaching volleyball for 24 years and have never had that happen."
Against Worcester State, senior outside hitter Eleni Tsaparakis (Norwalk, CT/Norwalk HS) had 13 kills, junior outside hitter Allie Mastrocola (Swansea, MA/Case HS) added nine, and sophomore setter Jess Goncalves (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) had 32 assists and 13 digs. Mastrocola had three blocks, and junior libero Shannon Brodie (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford HS) added 11 digs. In the Southern Maine match, Mastrocola had eight kills and senior outside hitter Lauren Safioleas (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) had seven Goncalves had 12 assists and (freshman) Bianca Cabral (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) added 10. Junior Cami Ascher (Natick, MA/Natick HS) added five aces, and Tsaparakis contributed four. Brodie had nine digs.
"After playing Southern Maine in the first game, we were loose, and we came out hard against Worcester," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve DeRossi. "After we won the second game, the momentum was all in our favor."
The Corsairs are now 11-0 and 1-0 in the Little East Conference, while the Huskies are 2-9 and 0-1 while the Lancers are now 5-7. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Plymouth State and also play Colby-Sawyer next Saturday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH VOLLEYBALL