PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A narrow 27-25 victory in the first set gave Rhode Island College all the momentum it needed, as the host Anchorwomen dispatched the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth 3-0 in Little East Conference play on Tuesday evening.
Score: Rhode Island College 3, UMass Dartmouth 0
Records: Rhode Island College (16-10, 2-4 LEC) | UMass Dartmouth (10-16, 0-6 LEC)
How it Happened
The Corsairs received a team-high 10 kills from sophomore hitter Nicole Silverman (Chelmsford, Mass.), with junior Amanda LaCroix (East Freetown, Mass.) and freshman Alivia Connors (Derry, N.H.) combining for an additional 14. Defensively, sophomore Meghan Mullinax (Lake Balboa, Calif.) tallied a match-high 10 digs.
Rhode Island College received a double-double from junior Jillian Ward (Coventry, R.I.), who posted a .481 attack percentage with 14 kills and 10 digs. Also registering in double-digit kills was Courtney Lambrese (Cranston, R.I.) with 12.
The visitors came out gunning in the opener, out-attacking RIC with 15 kills on a .237 team percentage. After trailing 17-11, the Corsairs embarked on an 11-6 run featuring four Silverman kills to knot the score at 23. The teams went point-for-point until Ward shut the door with the final two kills for the 27-25 final.
UMass Dartmouth kept the margin close until halfway through the second set, when Ward went to work. She finished with five kills and zero attack errors on the frame, as Rhode Island College tallied 15 of the final 20 points to run away with a 25-15 set.
The third was then mere formality, with RIC committing just one attack error and hitting .476 as a unit to end the match at 25-12.
Inside the Numbers
- UMass Dartmouth held the overall advantage in digs, finishing with 44 to RIC's 37.
- Sophomore Jordan Rittberger (Huntington, N.Y.) tallied 20 assist to power the Corsairs' attack game.
- The Anchorwomen overwhelmed UMass Dartmouth on the service game with 10 aces to the visitors' one.
UMass Dartmouth sticks to the road on Thursday, trekking to Suffolk for a 7 p.m. match.