Oct. 2, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's volleyball team split their matches on the second and final day of action at the Johnson & Wales Fall Invitational at the Harborside Recreation Center Saturday.
The Corsairs lost their first match in three games to Springfield, 25-20, 25-16 and 25-13, before defeating Smith in three games, 25-22, 25-19, and 25-19.
Against Springfield, junior middle blocker Suzanne Landry (Tiverton, RI/Tiverton HS/CCRI) had six kills, while senior outside hitter Lauren Safioleas (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) had five. Sophomore setter Jess Goncalves (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) had 17 assists, while junior libero Shannon Brodie (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford HS) had 11 digs. In the match against Smith, Goncalves had 32 assists, Landry and Safioleas each had 12 kills, senior outside hitter Eleni Tsaparakis (Norwalk, CT/Norwalk HS) added nine, and Safioleas had 13 digs and Brodie had 12.
"We played hard against the number three team in New England, but their size and physical ability was just a little too much," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve DeRossi. "Shannon Brodie was outstanding, she got a ton of balls up, and did a good job directing the defense. Against Smith, we had to come from behind in the first game after falling behind, 19-12, and we came back and pecked away and played tough defense. We played well this weekend, and hopefully, it puts us in a good frame of mind for our match against RIC Tuesday."
Junior Cami Ascher (Natick, MA/Natick HS), who had 18 kills and six blocks in UMass Dartmouth's matches Friday, represented the Corsairs on the All-Tournament Team. "It was good to see Cami honored, but it was just as good that five of our players got votes for the team," said DeRossi.
The Corsairs are now 15-3, while Springfield is 17-2 and Smith is 1-12. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Rhode Island College Tuesday evening.
UMASS DARTMOUTH VOLLEYBALL