Oct. 12, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Visiting UMass Boston rallied to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's volleyball team in five games in their Little East Conference match at the Tripp Athletic Center Tuesday evening. The Beacons, the top-ranked team in New England and the 25th-rated team in the nation, prevailed, 23-25, 25-22, 20-25, 25-17 and 18-16.
Sophomore setter Jess Goncalves (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) had 40 assists, while five Corsairs amassed significant numbers of kills. Senior outside hitter Eleni Tsaparakis (Norwalk, CT/Norwalk HS) had 10 kills, junior middle hitter Cami Ascher (Natick, MA/Natick HS) senior outside hitter Lauren Safioleas (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) each had nine kills, and junior outside hitter Allie Mastrocola (Swansea, MA/ Case HS) and junior middle blocker Suzanne Landry (Tiverton, RI/Tiverton HS/CCRI) each had eight. Ascher had four blocks and Mastrocola had three, while junior libero Shannon Brodie (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford HS) had 13 digs.
"UMass Boston made two great digs to save the match when we were up by a point in the fifth game," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve DeRossi. "It's bittersweet, because we came so close to beating one of the top teams in the nation. In the second game, we went down, 14-4 and came back to go ahead, 18-17, and we kept talking about mental toughness, which is what we've been focusing on all season. We may not have the physical stature of some of the teams we play, but we had heart."
The Corsairs dropped to 17-4 and 2-1 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while the Beacons improved to 17-1 and 3-0 in LEC play with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Suffolk Thursday evening. UMass Boston will visit the MIT Invitational this weekend.
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