Oct. 1, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s volleyball team split their matches on the first day of action at the two-day JWU Fall Invitational at the Harborside Recreation Center Friday.
The Corsairs lost their opener in four games to host Johnson & Wales, 23-25, 25-17, 25-22 and 25-22, then came back to defeat Gordon in four games, 25-18, 25-11, 21-25 and 25-20.
Against the Wildcats, the Corsairs fell behind in the second game when junior outside hitter Allie Mastrocola (Swansea, MA/Case HS) left with an injury. They regrouped, and the last two games went down to the wire.
For UMass Dartmouth, senior outside hitter Eleni Tsaparakis (Norwalk, CT/Norwalk HS) and junior middle blocker Cami Ascher (Natick, MA/Natick HS) had eight kills each, with Ascher hitting .389 and adding three blocks. Sophomore setter Jess Goncalves (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) had 25 assists, junior libero Shannon Brodie (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford HS) had 18 digs, and junior middle blocker Suzanne Landry (Tiverton, RI/Tiverton HS/CCRI) had three blocks.
In the match against Gordon, Tsaparakis and Ascher each had 10 kills, Goncalves added 27 assists, and Ascher had three blocks.
“In the first game against Johnson & Wales, we were outstanding, and after we had to regroup, we were right there with a chance to win,” said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve DeRossi. “Overall, it was a solid performance. We pulled together and played well. Against Gordon, we played well, and Shannon Brodie was very solid in the back row.”
The Corsairs are now 14-2, while the Wildcats are 10-6 and the Scots are 2-16. UMass Dartmouth will play Springfield and Smith Saturday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH VOLLEYBALL