DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The prolific attack games of Southern Maine and Connecticut College proved too strong for the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on Saturday, as the Corsairs dropped a pair of 2-0 decisions at their final tri-match of the season.
Scores: Southern Maine 3, UMass Dartmouth 0 | Conn. College 3, UMass Dartmouth 0
Records: UMass Dartmouth (10-15, 0-5 LEC) | Southern Maine (18-7, 2-3 LEC) | Conn. College (13-8)
How it Happened
Southern Maine 3, UMass Dartmouth 0
Husky senior Jess Williamson (Goffstown, N.H.) slammed down 16 of her team's 41 kills as Southern Maine blanked UMass Dartmouth in LEC competition to open the day.
Williamson was fed by classmate Nicole Schmitz (St. Paul, Minn.), who registered 33 assists, while Mariah Garcia (Brighton, Colo.) paced all players with 15 digs.
For UMass Dartmouth, freshman Alivia Connors (Derry, N.H.) posted 10 kills on 20 attempts, joining sophomore Nicole Silverman (Chelmsford, Mass.) as the two Corsairs with double-digit kills. Sophomore Jordan Rittberger (Huntington, N.Y.) generated 25 assists of UMass Dartmouth's 27 assists.
The Huskies overwhelmed the hosts in the beginning, using a quick attack pace and zero attack errors to generate a 12-3 in the first set and power to a 25-8 score. The Corsairs settled in more during the second, cutting the deficit to 22-17 on a kill by Silverman before Southern Maine closed out the set 25-19.
The Corsairs strung together their best performance during the third set, totaling 15 kills to the Huskies' 14, but three-straight attack errors put Southern Maine in front 14-10. Three Silverman kills edged UMass Dartmouth back within four, 24-20, but Schmitz tallied the final kill for the 25-20 final point.
Connecticut College 3, UMass Dartmouth 0
In the nightcap, another opposing outside hitter proved too much for the Corsairs, as Connecticut College's Emma Hewlin (San Jose, Calif.) amassed 15 kills without a single attack error in the victory.
The Camels hit .440 as a unit, cycling through setters Grace McGee (Portland, Ore.) and Katia Elisman (Lake Forest, Ill.) for a combined 35 assists. Hewlin registered her points on 27 attempts for a .556 attack percentage, with Maddie Rust (Austin, Texas) totaling eight kills on 13 attempts.
UMass Dartmouth was paced by junior Amanda LaCroix's (East Freetown, Mass.) eight kills and 13 digs, with Silverman adding seven kills.
Again, the Corsairs were outmatched in the first set, dropping a 25-9 point with just four kills to the Camels' 16. In the second, the Corsairs added 10 kills to their total for the set, with Connors and LaCroix posting five apiece. UMass Dartmouth hit .216, keeping within four points until four-straight Camel points put the visitors ahead 18-12. Connecticut College held off the Corsairs for a 25-20 second set final, and put forth a match-high 17 kills in the third set en route to the 25-10 finisher.
Inside the Numbers
- Connors finished with her best tri-match performance of the season, averaging 2.50 kills per set with just eight errors, hitting a team-best .219 for the day.
- LaCroix and libero Jillian Sykora (Waterford, Conn.) both finished with 18 digs (3.00 per set) to lead the Corsairs defensively.
- All said, Rittberger finished with 45 of UMass Dartmouth's 49 assists on the afternoon.
- All three of the Corsairs' blocks on the day went to freshman Tashneal Africa (Chelsea, Mass.) in solo fashion.
UMass Dartmouth sticks with Little East Conference play on Tuesday, making the short trek to Rhode Island College for a 7 p.m. start time.