Sept. 19, 2009
KEENE, NH-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's volleyball team dropped a pair of four-game matches to both host Keene State and Western Connecticut State in their 2009 Little East Conference opening matches at Spaulding Gymnasium Saturday.
In the opener, Keene State prevailed, 25-11, 25-22, 26-28 and 25-22, while WCSU took the nightcap, 19-25, 25-21, 25-16 and 25-12.
Freshman setter Jessica Goncalves (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) had 71 assists in the two matches, 31 against the Owls and 40 against Western Connecticut. Sophomore outside hitter Allie Mastrocola (Swansea, MA/Case HS) had 13 kills against KSC, and sophomore libero Shannon Brodie (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford HS) had 17 digs. Against the Colonials, sophomore middle hitter Cami Ascher (Natick, MA/Natick HS) had 13 kills, junior outside hitter Eleni Tsaparakis (Norwalk, CT/Norwalk HS) added 10, and sophomore libero Amanda Micco (Waltham, MA/Waltham HS) had 13 digs.
"It was a tough day," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve DeRossi. "In the opener, we weren't in it in the first game, but then we came back and played three of our best games of the year, Keene was a little bit bigger and stronger, and they put a few more balls away. In the nightcap, we played well in the first game, but then we were a little tired, and Shannon, who was stellar in the first match, got sick and couldn't play, and our passing wasn't as crisp. I was pleased with the way we played against Keene, and a little disappointed we couldn't keep it going against Western Connecticut. It's tough to travel all the way to Keene and play the second and third rated teams in the league."
UMass Dartmouth dropped to 7-2 and 0-2 in the Little East Conference, while Keene State is 6-6 and 1-1 and WCSU is 9-3 and 2-0. The Corsairs will travel to Lasell next Tuesday evening.
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