Silverman Leads Volleyball To Tri-Match Sweep Of Bay Path, Saint Joseph (Conn.)

Silverman Leads Volleyball To Tri-Match Sweep Of Bay Path, Saint Joseph (Conn.)

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. --  Junior Nicole Silverman (Chelmsford, Mass.) registered 29 kills, 22 digs and three service aces to lead UMass Dartmouth to a season-opening sweep of Bay Path (3-0) and host Saint Joseph (Conn.) (3-1) in a non-league college volleyball tri-match played Saturday afternoon at the O'Connell Center.

Silverman notched 16 kills and seven digs in the Corsairs' (2-0) 25-13, 25-19, 25-18 opening triumph over Bay Path's Wildcats (0-2), as junior Samantha Sedano (Valley Glen, Calif.) added eight kills and six service aces in the lid-lifter.  Senior Kristy Walton (Fairhaven, Mass.) also added eight kills and a pair of service aces for UMass Dartmouth, which received four kills and nine digs from senior Amanda LaCroix (East Freetown, Mass.).  Junior Jordan Rittberger (Huntington, N.Y.) collected 29 set assists and three digs for the winners, who received seven digs from junior Jillian Sykora (Waterford, Conn.).  Freshman Lydia Clifford (Coventry, R.I.) notched three kills in the setback for Bay Path, which received two kills, eight digs and three set assists from senior Lexi Cears (Agawam, Mass.) along with a pair of kills from freshman Lisa Sikop (Easthampton, Mass.).

Silverman posted a double-double effort of 13 kills, 15 digs and two aces in UMass Dartmouth's 25-15, 10-25, 25-18, 25-16 nightcap win over the host Blue Jays (1-1), as LaCroix added nine kills and 23 digs in the triumph.  Sedano collected seven kills, eight service aces and four digs for the Corsairs, who received six kills from Walton to go with three kills from freshman Molly Porch (New Hartford, Conn.).  Rittberger recorded 31 set assists, eight digs and a pair of service aces to complete the sweep for the visitors, who received 21 digs from Sykora along with 11 digs from freshman Leira Vasquez (New Bedford, Mass.).

Freshman Hannah Benson (Terryville, Conn.) registered 10 kills and 14 digs in the setback for Saint Joseph, which received nine kills and 13 digs from sophomore Aminah Tsonga (Plainville, Conn.).  Freshman Nina Lestrud (Torrington, Conn.) added four kills and five digs for the Blue Jays, who received 19 set assists and 11 digs from senior Brenna Miller (McCleary, Wash.) as well as 16 digs from senior Janell Molina (Honolulu, Hawai'i).

UMass Dartmouth will be idle until next Saturday, September 8th when the Corsairs host Lesley and Salem State in a non-league tri-match at the Tripp Athletic Center beginning at Noon, while Bay Path also returns to action next Saturday afternoon when the Wildcats head to Castleton, Vt. to square off with Northern Vermont-Lyndon and host Castleton in a non-league tri-match at 2:00 pm.  Saint Joseph entertains Elms in a non-league clash on Thursday evening at the O'Connell Center beginning at 7:00 pm.