DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Senior Nicole Silverman (Chelmsford, Mass.) notched a double-double effort of 16 kills, 12 digs and three total blocks, as UMass Dartmouth rallied from a 2-1 deficit to post a 3-2 Little East Conference volleyball victory over UMass Boston Wednesday evening at the Tripp Athletic Center.
After taking the first set by a 26-24 margin, the host Corsairs (5-8, 1-2 LEC) saw the visiting Beacons (4-12, 1-2 LEC) take the next two frames by scores of 25-11 and 26-24. UMass Dartmouth held off a late charge in the fourth set for a 25-23 triumph and snapped an 8-8 tie on kills by Silverman and junior Tashneal Africa (Chelsea, Mass.) that sparked a decisive 7-2 run. Senior Jillian Sykora (Waterford, Conn.) closed out the victory with a service ace for the Corsairs, who posted their first win over the Beacons since a 3-2 road triumph on October 21, 2006.
Sophomore Emma Aillet (Deer Park, Tex.) added 10 kills on the night for UMass Dartmouth, which received seven kills and four digs from sophomore Mallory Singer (Succasunna, N.J.) along with five kills from Africa. Senior Jordan Rittberger (Huntington, N.Y.) collected 33 set assists, five digs and three service aces for the Corsairs, who received 27 digs from Sykora along with 14 digs and three service aces from senior Meghan Mullinax (Lake Balboa, Calif.).
Sophomore Marcelle Tiscareno (El Paso, Tex.) registered in the setback for UMass Boston, which received 11 kills and four digs from senior Sarah Doyle (Glendale, Calif.) along with nine kills, five digs and three service aces from freshman McKayla Geraghty (Elgin, Ill.). Senior Bianca Coghi-DeSousa (Sao Paulo, Brazil) chipped in with seven kills and three digs for the Beacons, who received 39 set assists and 12 digs from junior Carsen Komminsk (Worthington, Ohio), 18 digs and five set assists from junior Tyla Parker (Mahwah, N.J.) and 12 digs from freshman Brianna Henderson (St. Petersburg, Fla.).
UMass Dartmouth heads to Nashua, N.H. on Saturday afternoon for a non-league tri-match with Framingham State and host Rivier beginning at 1:00 pm, while UMass Boston travels to Amherst, Mass. on Friday evening to square off with Amherst in a non-league outing that begins at 6:00 pm.
(Photo Credit: Bruno Pires '21)