CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Lesley University defeated the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in straight sets this evening in a
NCAA Division III women's volleyball match played at Buckingham Browne & Nichols. The Lynx defeated the Corsairs 25-21, 25-23, and 25-17.
Lesley registered its fourth consecutive 3-0 victory to improve its overall record to 12-3, while UMass Dartmouth fell to 10-14.
Junior Eliza Bowes (West Yarmouth, Mass.) led the Corsairs with eight kills and two service aces, while classmate Shannon Orton (Swansea, Mass.) tallied seven winners. Sophomore Christina Spinazola (Medway, Mass.) directed the offense, handing out 20 assists and two service aces. Junior Brianna Perry (Acushnet, Mass.) anchored the back line with 21 digs.
In the opening set, the Lynx raced out to a commanding 22-14 advantage. UMass Dartmouth was able to battle itself back into the set by winning seven of the next nine points to trim the deficit to 24-21. The hosts' capitalized on a visitor service error to close out the frame.
Lesley never trailed in the second stanza, but the Corsairs utilized a 6-1 run to draw within one point at 22-21. The Lynx ran off two quick points to draw within one marker of the set, but the visitors responded with two points of their own. Lesley kept UMass Dartmouth at-bay with a kill to take the 2-0 advantage.
The Lynx led from wire-to-wire in the third and final set, holding their largest lead of eight points on three difference occasions.
Lesley featured a balanced offensive attack as each of their seven student-athletes recorded at least one kill. Freshman Ciara Bruning (Centerville, Mass.) powered the attack with eight kills on 17 attempts, while senior Danielle Johnson (Waterford, Conn.) and junior Melisa Randall (Fremont, Calif.) each notched seven winners. Junior Emily Marden (Fremont, Calif.) distributed 28 assists, while Randall accounted for a team-high 16 digs.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 12 p.m. on Oct. 25, when the Corsairs travel to Keene State College for a Little East Conference match. UMass Dartmouth will also square off against Framingham State at 2 p.m.