DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The Corsairs swung for their highest team attack percentage in a month on Thursday evening, hitting .215 with freshmen Anita Sengara (Vancouver, B.C.) and Taila Roberson (Norwalk, Conn.) tabulating double-digit kills as UMass Dartmouth triumphed 3-1 over St. Joseph (Conn.).
Score: UMass Dartmouth 3, St. Joseph (Conn.) 1
Records: UMass Dartmouth (9-15) | St. Joseph (10-13)
How it Happened
Close play highlighted the first set until midway through, when senior Christina Spinazola (Medway, Mass.) fed senior Kayla Kirby (Wesport, Mass.) and Sengara for back-to-back kills, taking a 10-9 lead and forcing a Blue Jay timeout. Out of the break, Sengara killed another ball to keep the momentum going, and the hosts finished a .242 attacking set with a 25-17 win.
The Blue Jays turned the tides in the second, posting 17 kills to the hosts' nine on for their highest attack percentage of the evening. Freshman Shytasia Williams (Middletown, Conn.) connected for six kills as the visitors tied the score a one with a 25-21 margin.
The Corsairs then flipped a switch, dominating the final two sets with 24 total kills. Sengara served UMass Dartmouth to an 8-1 lead to start the third, forcing a St. Joseph timeout, but the advantage would last throughout. The duo of Roberson and Sengara fired off 10 of their team's 15 kills in the third, leading to a 25-18 win. UMass Dartmouth used strong net defense in the fourth, finishing with four blocks in a 25-15 decision. Kirby went up for a monster solo block to put the score at 23-15, and Sengara ended the game two points later on a solo swat of her own.
Inside the Numbers
- UMass Dartmouth's team attack percentage of .215 is the highest for the Corsairs since Sept. 20's 3-0 win at Mitchell. The Corsairs are now winners of three-straight.
- Sengara's 17 kills led all players, and is the second-highest total for her career and for UMass Dartmouth on the season. She previously recorded 19 against Lasell on Sept. 10.
- Additionally, Sengara's individual attack percentage of .325 is the third-highest for a Corsair this season.
- Roberson set a new career high with her total of 10 kills on the night.
- Four Corsairs finished with double-digit digs, paced by Sengara's 19, and UMass Dartmouth totaled eight blocks as a unit.
UMass Dartmouth travels to Western Connecticut for a return to Little East Conference competition on Saturday, with game time slated for 1 p.m. St. Joseph is also on the road, taking on a tough GNAC opponent in 26-0 Johnson & Wales on the same day at noon.