DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Junior Amanda LaCroix (East Freetown, Mass.) registered nine of her 17 kills in the third set, pushing the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth to a 28-26 point and sealing the 3-0 victory over Nichols College on Tuesday at the Tripp Athletic Center.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 3, Nichols 0
Records: UMass Dartmouth (9-13) | Nichols (3-21)
How it Happened
LaCroix registered 17 kills on 37 attempts, committing just six attack errors for her second-highest hitting percentage of the season at .297. She and sophomore Nicole Silverman (Chelmsford, Mass.) both recorded double-doubles, with Silverman tallying 12 kills and 13 digs to LaCroix's 15 digs. Sophomore Jordan Rittberger (Huntington, N.Y.) made her return to the setting slot with 40 assists, the second-highest total of her career.
The Bison were paced by J'ena Baker's (Rockledge, Fla.) nine kills and 10 digs, with Jayla Simmons (Rockledge, Fla.) fielding 14 digs. Setter Zoe Chevrette (Wilbraham, Mass.) posted 17 assists with four kills on seven attempts.
UMass Dartmouth escaped a late push by Nichols in the first set, with the Bison overcoming a seven-point deficit during Moriah Burns' (Holland, Mass.) serve to knot the margin at 17. The Corsairs would emerge with four-straight points, and a kill by Silverman gave the hosts the opening point, 25-21.
The hosts' 14 kills on .323 team accuracy delivered a 25-18 second set to up the score to 2-0. Beginning with a Meghan Mullinax (Lake Balboa, Calif.) service ace to put the score at 13-9, UMass Dartmouth secured eight of the next 10 points, building a 19-12 advantage. Rittberger and LaCroix connected for the final two Corsair points of the set.
A marathon back-and-forth then ensued for the final set, with the Bison forcing the Corsairs to fight for every point. The Corsairs went up 14-9 on two aces by Jillian Sykora (Waterford, Conn.), but errors allowed Nichols to go on a 10-5 run and tie the set at 19. Neither team could claw ahead more than a point until 26-25 in favor of Nichols. UMass Dartmouth freshman Alivia Connors (Derry, N.H.) tied the score at 26, and Rittberger gave the hosts a one-point advantage before a Nichols attack error closed door on the 28-26 shutout.
Inside the Numbers
- LaCroix's 17 kills marks her second-highest career total in a three-set match, trailing just her 19 kills against Becker earlier this season.
- At .182 (45-121), UMass Dartmouth registered its third-best team attack percentage for the season and its highest kill total in three sets with 45.
- With eight kills, Connors registered her highest total since posting nine against Lesley on Sept. 23.
UMass Dartmouth in on the road Thursday, traveling to Emmanuel for at 7 p.m. start. Nichols faces a quick turnover, traveling to Roger Williams for Commonwealth Coast Conference play tomorrow at 7 p.m.