Volleyball Rallies To Top Seahawks 3-1

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's volleyball scored a come-from-behind 3-1 victory over visiting Salve Regina  on Tuesday evening in a non-conference match at the Tripp Athletic Center.

After dropping the first set, 25-20, the Corsairs rallied to take the next three 25-22, 25-23 and 25-23 to capture their second straight victory and avenge a 3-0 loss last season to the Seahawks.

The turning point in the match came when UMD trailed Salve 22-17 in the second set and reeled off eight straight points to even the match at one set apiece and steal the momentum away from the Seahawks.

"(Freshman) Alexis Ruest (Coventry, RI/Coventry HS) took over for us in the second game, she served out our final six points and did an excellent job taking Salve out of their system," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve DeRossi. "This was a big victory for us as Salve came into the match having beaten two quality programs in Johnson & Wales and Western New England. We are one scrappy group and for being such a young team, we are mentally tough and playing with a refuse to lose attitude."

For the second straight contest senior setter Jess Goncalves (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) led the Corsairs with 38 assists and two kills. Freshman outside hitter Stephanie Antoine (New Bedford, MA/Greater New Bedford Vo Tech HS) once again led UMD with 19 kills, while junior Tahirah Gibson (Norwood, MA/Norwood HS) added 11 kills.

Defensively, Linsay Boulay (Swansea, MA/Case HS) led the Corsairs with 18 digs and 20 serve receptions, while Goncalves and Ruest each added 12 digs. 

The Corsairs improved to 2-0 with the victory, while the Seahawks dropped to 2-2 with the defeat.. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Eastern Nazarene and Regis Friday on the first day of the UMass Dartmouth Invitational. Salve Regina will play Trinity at the Wesleyan Invitational Friday. 

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