Oct. 23, 2008
WORCESTER, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's volleyball team came from behind in the second game and went on to defeat host WPI in three games in a non-conference match at the Harrington Athletic Center Thursday evening. The Corsairs defeated the Engineers, 25-17, 28-26 and 25-18.
UMass Dartmouth, which led virtually all the way in the first game, trailed, 20-16 in the second game when Head Coach Steve DeRossi called a time out. They outscored WPI, 9-4 to take a 25-24 lead only to see the Engineers score the next two points. UMD rallied to score the next three points and take a 2-0 lead in the match.
"We showed major mental toughness in winning that game," said DeRossi. "If we had lost that game, who knows what would have happened."
Freshman outside hitter Allie Mastrocola (Swansea, MA/Case HS) led UMD with 14 kills and nine digs, senior middle blocker Hilary Teichert (Pocasset, MA/Bourne HS) added 10 kills and five blocks, including three solo blocks. Senior setter Melanie Staiger (Bournedale, MA/Bourne HS) had 29 assists and eight digs, freshman outside hitter Cami Ascher (Natick, MA/Natick HS) had three block assists, and sophomore outside hitter Eleni Tsaparakis (Norwalk, CT/Norwalk HS) added two.
"We made a lot of gutty plays," said DeRossi. "Melanie made some great decisions as far as moving the ball around. This was a big win, as WPI is much improved from the first time we played them."
The Corsairs improved to 12-9 with the victory, while WPI fell to 10-15 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Plymouth State and UMass Boston in a Little East Conference tri-match Saturday. "We have two very big matches Saturday, with UMass Boston one position ahead of us and Plymouth State one position behind us," said DeRossi.