Sept. 26, 2009
CHICOPEE, MA-The first time was the charm for the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's volleyball team when they played host Elms in a non-conference match at Picknelly Arena Saturday.
The Corsairs, who were meeting the Blazers for the first time ever in volleyball, downed Elms in four games, 25-14, 25-10, 20-25 and 25-13.
Sophomore outside hitter Allie Mastrocola (Swansea, MA/Case HS) led the Corsairs with 13 kills, while junior outside hitter Eleni Tsaparakis (Norwalk, CT/Norwalk HS) contributed 10. Freshman setter Jessica Goncalves (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) had 32 assists, sophomore libero Shannon Brodie (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford HS) had 10 digs, and sophomore middle blocker Cami Ascher had three blocks and nine kills while hitting .600.
"It's nice to go into a gym and have one of the other coaches tell you that you are as good as anyone they've played," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve DeRossi. "We played smart, we played with energy, and we knew that we didn't want to make a whole bunch of errors. We were able to get everyone in off the bench, we played solidly all the way, and everyone contributed."
UMass Dartmouth improved to 9-2 with the victory, while Elms dropped to 3-11 with the defeat. The Corsairs will travel to Pine Manor on Tuesday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH VOLLEYBALL