Corsairs Fall to Suffolk 3-1

BOSTON, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth volleyball team suffered a 3-1 loss to Suffolk University on Tuesday evening at the Regan Gymnasium.

UMass Dartmouth continues to struggle as they lose their fourth consecutive match and drop to 7-21 on the year. Suffolk improves to 16-13 with the victory.

The Corsairs dropped the first two matches 20-25 and 18-25 as the Rams lit up the scoreboard with 23 kills over the two games. UMass battled back 25-15 to take set three. The Corsairs capitalized on 28 percent of their attacks and produced 10 kills while limiting themselves to only one team error. In the final set, Suffolk proved too tough as they smashed 13 kills and clinched the match with a 17-25 game four win.    

Top performers for the Corsairs were Senior Tahirah Gibson (Norwood, Mass.) with a game-high seven blocks to go with five kills, sophomore Eliza Bowes (West Yarmouth, Mass.) with a team-high six kills and two service aces and captain Kelly Lyons (Bourne, Mass.) with six blocks of her own.

The Rams were led by junior Tori Brillaud (North Andover, Mass.) who smashed a game-high 15 kills and compiled 10 digs. Freshman Savannah Carpenter (Weston, Conn.) contributed 11 kills and five blocks, while senior captain Sarah Arbogast (Chesterfield, Mo.) led all players with 15 assists.

UMass Dartmouth returns to action on Saturday when they host a tri-match between Rivier and Little East Conference (LEC) foe Southern Maine. The Corsair's playoff hopes remain in tacked as a win against Southern Maine on Saturday would qualify UMass Dartmouth for the LEC Tournament. The win would move the Corsairs into sixth place and give them a first round matchup on the road against the future third seed.