Volleyball Falls at Rivier in Four Games

Oct. 30, 2008

NASHUA, NH-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's volleyball team played well, but dropped a tough four-game match to host Rivier at the Muldoon Health and Fitness Center Thursday evening. The Raiders won, 25-19, 26-28, 25-23 and 25-21.

After losing the first game, the Corsairs rallied to win a second game in which there was never more than a three-point difference between the teams. UMD came back from a 13-6 deficit in the third game to take a 19-18 lead before Rivier pulled it out, and the Raiders used key points after extended rallies when they led 14-13 and again 17-16 in the fourth game as they went on to win.

Senior setter Melanie Staiger (Bournedale, MA/Bourne HS) had 38 assists and 13 digs for the Corsairs, freshman outside hitter Allie Mastrocola (Swansea, MA/Case HS) had 14 kills, freshman outside hitter Cami Ascher (Natick, MA/Natick HS) had 13 kills and five blocks, senior middle blocker Hilary Teichert (Pocasset, MA/Bourne HS) had 12 kills and three blocks, sophomore outside hitter Eleni Tsaparakis (Norwalk, CT/ Norwalk HS) had two blocks, and freshman libero Shannon Brodie (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford HS) had 14 digs.

"It was a great match," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve DeRossi. "There were a couple of key points in the fourth game, and if we could have put the ball down, who knows what would have happened. Our passing was much better than it was Saturday, and that helped our offense. We had zero hitting errors in the second game, which helped us win, but we had nine service errors and no aces for the match, which didn't help us. It's difficult to lose, knowing we came this close against a good team."

The Corsairs fell to 12-12 with the defeat, while Rivier improved to 20-10 with the win. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Eastern Connecticut State Saturday afternoon.