NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass.- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Volleyball team won their third consecutive match, defeating Newbury College Thursday evening at the Tripp Athletic Center, 3-0.
In set one, Newbury (10-10) hung with the home team, until the Corsairs broke away to a 19-13 lead, eventually winning 25-19.
The Nighthawks refused to back down. Newbury opened set two by scoring the first seven points of the game. After regrouping, UMass Dartmouth fought back and only trailed 11-9. The Nighthawks had a strong 22-19 lead, but the Corsairs fired off the last seven of the set's final nine points, clinching a come from behind 26-24 win.
In set three, the two teams traded blows, with neither team being able to separate from one another. Newbury could not seem to stop UMass Dartmouth when they needed to. The Corsairs clinched the match with a 25-21 victory.
Senior Tahirah Gibson (Norwood, Mass.) was huge spark for UMass Dartmouth. This was Gibson's first game back after suffering a knee injury in the prior week. Gibson recorded a game-high in kills and blocks with 11 and 6. Complimenting Gibson was sophomore Brianna Perry (New Bedford, Mass.), sophomore Jasmine Burris (New Bedford, Mass.) and senior Kelly Lyons (Bourne, Mass.). Right from the start, Perry was aggressively attacking the net; recording eight kills on the night. Burris and Lyons added six and five kills.
Carina Filosa (Milford, Mass./ Milford) had a strong performance with 23 digs and her 13th and 14th service aces of the season. Freshman setter Christina Spinazola (Medway, Mass./ Medway), once again distributed the ball well, recording 20 assists.
For the Nighthawks, Lauren Watson (Denver, Colo.) registered eight kills, Julia Flamenco (Copiague, N.Y.) had seven kills, and McKenzie Kish (Eagle River, Alaska) had a game-high 24 assists.
On Saturday, the Corsairs travel to Eastern Connecticut in search of their first conference win. UMass Dartmouth will be taking on the Warriors at noon, followed by Framingham St. at 2pm and the University of New England at 4pm.