Volleyball Rallies for 3-2 Thriller over Suffolk

Volleyball Rallies for 3-2 Thriller over Suffolk

BOSTON – Three Corsairs blasted double-digit kill totals, with junior Amanda LaCroix (East Freetown, Mass.) amassing 20 kills and 20 digs to spearhead the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's five-set thriller victory at Suffolk on Thursday.

The Basics
Score: UMass Dartmouth 3, Suffolk 2
Records: UMass Dartmouth (11-16) | Suffolk (12-14)

How it Happened
LaCroix joined sophomore Nicole Silverman (Chelmsford, Mass.) as the two players on the match to record double-doubles, with Silverman totaling 15 kills and 16 digs. Freshman Alivia Connors (Derry, N.H.) registered a career-high 12 kills in the middle, with sophomores Meghan Mullinax (Lake Balboa, Calif.) and Jillian Sykora (Waterford, Conn.) combining for 35 digs.

For Suffolk, Hannah Fabiano (Litchfield, N.H.) converted 14 kills on a match-high .257 hitting percentage. Talia Lombardo (Windham, N.H.) led the Rams with 15 kills.

After dropping the first set 25-17, the Corsairs collected a 3-0 lead to kick off the second set and rally to even the match at one. Following a timeout with the margin 15-13 in favor of Suffolk, UMass Dartmouth clawed back to tie five times before back-to-back Silverman kills from Jordan Rittberger (Huntington, N.Y.) clinched the 26-24 tally.

Suffolk built itself a 3-1 lead to start the third, but four-straight errors by the hosts put the visitors in front 15-7 and forced a Ram timeout. This time, the Corsair lead would hold when Silverman again recorded the winning point at 25-23 out of a UMass Dartmouth timeout.

Despite the Corsairs' best hitting performance yet in the fourth, the Rams wouldn't fold. Fabiano recorded six of her kills on the stanza to eventually negate a 6-0 UMass Dartmouth start featuring four kills by LaCroix. Suffolk was able to draw even at 17 after numerous visitor errors, and edged out the 28-26 point to force a fifth set.

The ensuing nightcap was all UMass Dartmouth, as the Corsairs pulled together for nine kills on 16 attempts, with LaCroix tallying the last two points in the 15-8 decider.

Inside the Numbers

  • UMass Dartmouth has seen just two matches reach five sets this season, and has reigned victorious in both. The Corsairs previously downed Lasell 3-2 on Sept. 9
  • LaCroix recorded 20-plus kills for the third time on the season, with UMass Dartmouth setting a new season-high with 59 total kills.
  • Connors posted her third double-digit kill total on the season, bettering her previous career-high of 10.
  • Rittberger and Thomas teamed up for 53 of UMass Dartmouth's season-high 58 assists on the contest.
  • Three Corsairs, including Connors, Sykora and Mullinax, registered three service aces apiece as UMass Dartmouth outdid the Rams in the category, 12-7.

Up Next
UMass Dartmouth returns to the Tripp Athletic Center on Saturday for the season and Little East Conference finale, hosting Western Connecticut at 1 p.m.