Sept. 30, 2011
PROVIDENCE, RI-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's volleyball team dropped a pair of hard-fought matches to MIT and Western Connecticut State on the first day of action at the Johnson & Wales Invitational Tournament, at the Harborside Recreation Center Saturday.
UMass Dartmouth lost to the Engineers, 25-12, 25-22 and 25-23; then lost to the Colonials 25-14, 24-26, 25-15 and 25-13.
Senior outside hitter Allie Mastrocola (Swansea, MA/Case HS) led the Corsairs with six kills, while senior middle blocker Cami Ascher (Natick, MA/Natick HS) and junior setter Jess Goncalves (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) added four apiece in the first match. Goncalves had 10 assists, while senior libero Shannon Brodie (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford HS) led the defensive effort with 17 digs.
In the second match, Mastrocola had 12 kills while Ascher added eight; Brodie had 15 digs, while Mastrocola and senior libero Stacey Miner (Greenfield, MA/Greenfield HS).
"In the first set against MIT, we were overwhelmed, and then we came back and played some of our best volleyball of the year," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve DeRossi. "The highlight of the match was Shannon Brodie's 17 digs. MIT was huge; they had six six-footers, two players who are 5-11 and one who is 5-10. WestConn was a very quick, up-tempo team that was also very good. It was a positive effort against two quality opponents."
The Corsairs are now 9-6, while MIT is 15-4 and WCSU is 13-3. UMass Dartmouth will play Plymouth State and the host Wildcats when the tournament concludes Saturday.
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