By Elijah Santos, Staff Writer
Playing at home, the UMass Dartmouth Corsairs took on the University of New England’s volleyball team, ending their eight-game streak of back to back losses. Junior Nicole Silverman got herself a double-double with 13 kills and 15 digs to give the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth the 3-1 lead over University of New England, Saturday afternoon. It was a tough competition by both sides, but as time went on the Corsairs would prove their excellence in the Tripp Athletic Center.
Starting the game strong, the Corsairs opening set began with a 25-16 lead, UMass then added two points to increase their margin (25-23, 26-24) during the second and third frames. Amanda LaCroix would add seven kills, five aces and 19 digs to UMass Dartmouth’s total, seven of which (kills) Kristy Walton would also hand out. Samantha Sedano would land herself six kills and four digs, while Molly Porch earned five kills.
UMassD would also get 22 set assists and nine digs from Riley Thomas, 21 digs, five set assists, and three service aces from Jillian Sykora, and five set assists and three digs from Jordan Rittberger.
For the University of New England, entering the game on a three-game losing streak, Rene Roggenbuck had 14 kills and five digs. The visiting Nor’easters also had five kills and 10 digs from Katie Flynn, on top of four kills from sophomore Micaela McNamara.
Junior Paige Simoneau would give the University of New England three kills, seven digs and a two service aces. The Nor’easters would receive 23 set assists and three digs from Sydney Christiansen and 20 digs, three service aces and a pair of set assists from Katie Marsh.
The Corsairs next game will be in Bridgewater, Massachusetts on Tuesday evening against the Bridgewater State University Bears in a non-league match starting at 6:00 pm. The Bridgewater University Bears are coming off of a two-game losing streak, losing to Rhode Island College and Clark University this past week. On the other hand, the University of New England Take a trip to Lewiston, Maine to play Bates in a non-league match that will take place at 6:00 pm as well. Both teams have difficult matches to play ahead of them in the following week. The University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth is hoping for its game leaders, Nicole Silverman, Jillian Sykora, and Amanda LaCroix, to showcase their skill against rival, Bridgewater State while the University of New England look for Roggenbuck and Katie Marsh to lead the way.