October 20, 2012

Volleyball Splits With Keene State and UNE

KEENE, NH-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's volleyball team split a pair of five-set matches against host Keene State and the University of New England in a tri-match at Spaulding Gym Saturday.

The Corsairs lost the opener to the Owls, 25-27, 25-15, 25-16, 17-25 and 9-15, and then defeated the University of New England, 25-21, 14-25, 25-22, 25-27 and 18-16.

In the opener, freshman outside hitter Stephanie Antoine (New Bedford, MA/Greater New Bedford Vo Tech HS) had 17 kills, two errors and 31 attempts for a .484 hitting percentage. She also had three blocks. Senior setter Jess Goncalves (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) had 38 assists, freshman outside hitter Eliza Bowes (West Yarmouth, MA/Dennis-Yarmouth HS) added nine kills, and freshman libero Linsay Boulay (Swansea, MA/Case HS) had eight digs.

Against the Nor'Easters, Antoine had 17 kills in 43 attempts and hit .395, Goncalves had 34 assists, junior middle hitter Tahirah Gibson (Norwood, MA/Norwood HS) had six blocks, and Antoine added three.

"It was tough to lose the first match," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve DeRossi. "We had some solid play on both ends after losing a tough one against Keene in first match, and losing a tough fourth set against UNE. Steph was a monster today."

The Corsairs are now 20-5 and 1-4 in the Little East Conference. Keene State is 15-12 and 4-2 in the LEC, while UNE is 13-8.

The Corsairs will return to action when they host Eastern Connecticut State on Senior Night Tuesday evening.

UMASS DARTMOUTH VOLLEYBALL