Sept. 10, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's volleyball team swept visiting Eastern Nazarene and Framingham State on the second and final day of action and finished first at the two-day UMass Dartmouth Invitational, which concluded Saturday at the Tripp Athletic Center.
The Corsairs defeated Eastern Nazarene, 25-20, 25-20, 17-25 and 25-17, and then downed Framingham State, 27-25, 25-14 and 25-22.
Against the Rams, senior middle blocker Cami Ascher (Natick, MA/Natick HS) had 14 kills and no errors in 20 attempts, while senior outside hitter Allie Mastrocola (Swansea, MA/Case HS) added nine kills. Junior setter Jess Goncalves (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) added 26 assists and six service aces. Senior libero Shannon Brodie (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford HS) had 10 digs, Mastrocola had three blocks, while sophomore middle blocker Tahirah Gibson (Norwood, MA/Norwood HS) and senior middle blocker Kaitlin Hogan (Tewksbury, MA/Shawsheen Tech) each had two .
"Cami played a very solid game," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve DeRossi. "They're a solid serving team, and we only made four reception errors. It was nice having Shannon Brodie back in the back row. We were very aggressive at the net, and we were able to take away some of the easy kills they were getting against everyone else.
Against Eastern Nazarene, Mastrocola had 16 kills and one hitting error in 18 attempts, while Ascher added nine kills, playing both outside and in the middle. Senior libero Amanda Micco (Waltham, MA/Waltham HS) had seven digs, while Brodie added six. Ascher and Gibson each had two blocks, while freshman outside hitter Madison Shea (Millis, MA/Millis HS) had three kills and a pair of key service aces.
"Allie had a monster game, probably her best game as a Corsair," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve DeRossi. "Madison came in and gave us a little cushion with her two aces in the fourth game and we were able to use that to get a push going and pull away." Ascher was named the Most Valuable Player, and Goncalves and Mastrocola of the Corsairs joined her on the All-Tournament Team. The team also included Birdina Tuiara of Eastern Nazarene, Elizabeth Stap of SUNY Cobleskill, Rochelle Gilbert of Mount Ida, Jazmen Barrows of Salem State, and Kayla Bertrand of Framingham State.
In Saturday's other matches, Mount Ida defeated SUNY Cobleskill, 25-18, 25-21 and 25-10; Framingham State defeated SUNY Cobleskill, 25-17, 25-14, 21-25 and 25-16, Eastern Nazarene defeated Salem State, 25-14, 25-22 and 25-21, and Mount Ida defeated Salem State, 25-12, 25-18 and 25-9.
UMD is now 5-1, SUNY Cobleskill is 2-6, Framingham State is 5-3, Salem State is 0-4, Mount Ida is 4-3, and Eastern Nazarene is 4-2.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Eastern Nazarene will host Newbury Tuesday, SUNY Cobleskill will host SUNYIT Tuesday, Mount Ida will visit Wheaton Wednesday, Framingham State will visit Mass Maritime Tuesday, Salem State will host Bridgewater State Wednesday.
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