Sept. 20, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Visiting Colby-Sawyer outlasted the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's volleyball team in a marathon first set and went on to defeat the Corsairs, 33-31, 25-16 and 25-14 in a non-conference match at the Tripp Athletic Center Tuesday evening.
The first set was tied at 31-31 when the Chargers ran off the final two points to end it. Colby-Sawyer then jumped ahead in the second set and took a 2-0 advantage.
"The first set was outstanding, it was back and forth, and, unfortunately, right at the end, we gave them one and then they earned one," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve DeRossi. "Having played that first one, we were positive about where we were, but that turned out not to be the case. In the second set, we went down, 10-2, brought it back to 10-6, got within three at 16-13, and then they won on and won, 25-16, and took the third set, 25-14."
Senior middle blocker Cami Ascher (Natick, MA/Natick HS) led UMD with nine kills, while senior outside hitter Allie Mastrocola (Swansea, MA/Case HS) added seven. Senior libero Shannon Brodie(Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford HS) had 14 digs, while senior libero Stacey Miner (Greenfield, MA/Greenfield HS) added 10.
"We weren't efficient, we made too many hitting errors," said DeRossi. "After a great first set, we played a disappointing second and third set. We didn't play with the determination and mental focus that I've seen."
The Corsairs dropped to 8-3 with the defeat, while the Chargers improved to 6-7 with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they hot Plymouth State in a Little East Conference match Saturday at 12 noon. Colby-Sawyer will play Bowdoin at the Mid Coast Classic Friday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH VOLLEYBALL