DARTMOUTH, Mass. –University of Massachusetts Dartmouth senior Eliza Bowes (West Yarmouth, Mass.) registered a season-high 13 kills to power the Corsairs to a 3-1 victory over Becker College Thursday night at the Tripp Athletic Center.
The Corsairs won a third straight match and four of the past five matches to improve to 7-7, while the Hawks fell to 4-6.
Senior teammate Brianna Perry (Acushnet, Mass) posted a team-best 20 digs, while classmate Carina Filosa (Milford, Mass.) recorded 13 digs and a season-high six service aces. Junior Christina Spinazola (Medway, Mass.) established a single-game standard for service aces (6), and organized the offensive attack with 30 assists.
The Hawks where led by sophomore Charlene Landry (Gorham, Maine), who registered 13 assists and 12 digs. She set up junior teammates Marissa Turner (Coventry, R.I.) and Cheyenne Melanson (Sandown, N.H.), who both had 5 kills.
Becker came out of the gates on fire. The Hawks captured the opening six points before the Corsairs got on the board with a kill from senior Kayla Kirby (Westport, Mass.). UMass Darmouth would bridge the gap, but the Hawks were too much in the first set, winning 25-23.
The second set was back-and-forth affair from the onset before the Corsairs found their rythmn. The home team rattled off a stretch of six straight points to widen their advantage from plus-eight (16-8) to 21-8, where they would eventually even the match with a 25-13 win.
The third set is where the Corsairs utilized three-point runs on three different occassions to build a commanding lead. UMass Dartmouth junior Cara Butcher (East Longmeadow, Mass.) ignited a seven-point run, the longest of the set, with a kill to put her team up 5-4. The Corsairs carried their momentum for the remainder of the frame, eventually taking the set 25-19.
In the fourth set, the Corsairs used small runs, due in large part to eight service aces, to race out to a commanding 19-6 lead. The Hawks tried for a comeback towards the end of the set, but the Corsairs attackers were too much.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 26, when the Corsairs host Western Connecticut (12pm) and Tufts (3pm) in a tri-match during Homecoming Weekend.