Junior Jess Goncalves (10) and Senior Katie Hogan
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's volleyball team dropped both ends of their tri-match to visiting Keene State and Clark at the Tripp Athletic Center Saturday. The Corsairs lost to Keene State, 25-20, 25-15 and 25-16, and Clark, 25-18, 23-25, 25-20, 21-25 and 15-9, while Keene State defeated Clark, 25-17, 25-16 and 25-23.
In the first match, senior middle blocker Cami Ascher (Natick, MA/Natick HS) had 10 kills, senior outside hitter Allie Mastrocola (Swansea, MA/Case HS) had eight kills, junior setter Jess Goncalves (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) had 18 assists, senior libero Shannon Brodie (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford HS) had eight digs, and senior middle blocker Kaitlin Hogan (Tewksbury, MA/Shawsheen Tech) had four blocks.
Against the Cougars, Mastrocola had 17 kills, Hogan had 13 kills and two blocks, Goncalves had 38 assists, and Brodie had 30 digs.
"It was disappointing," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve DeRossi. "We jumped out to a lead in the first set and gave it back with some untimely hitting and serving errors. In the last set, they took the early lead and we had to play from behind the whole way. Katie Hogan had the best match of her career against Clark, and Shannon was unbelievable, she kept a lot of plays alive."
The Corsairs are now 13-14 and 1-4 in the Little East Conference. Keene State is 15-10 and 4-1 in the LEC, while Clark is 9-14. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Eastern Connecticut State Tuesday evening. Keene State will host Southern Maine Tuesday, while Clark will visit Smith Tuesday.
"We have a super tough week coming up," said DeRossi. "We still have an outside shot to make the tournament if we can win against Eastern Connecticut."