DARTMOUTH, Mass. - The University of Saint Joseph volleyball team was stopped on Thursday night on the road inside the Tripp Athletic Center by the UMass Darmouth Corsiars, 3-1. The Blue Jays fell 17-25, 25-21, 18-25, 15-25 over four sets to drop to 10-13 overall on the season. UMass Dartmouth improves to 9-15 with the win. USJ will be back in action next with a Great Northeast Conference match on Saturday, Oct. 22 at Johnson & Wales at 12 noon.
Junior Hannah Lemek (Bristol, CT) picked up right where she left off improving upon her season-high night she had on Tuesday, and led the Blue Jays offensively Thursday recording a new season-high and team-high 10 kills in the loss. She also added a pair of digs and a block assist.
Sophomore setter Brenna Miller (McCleary, WA) posted her 10th double-double of the season in the match. She dished out 28 assists combined with 13 digs. Senior Cassandra Grimaldi (Manchester, CT) and freshman Shytasia Williams (Middletown, CT) each added eight kills apiece offensively, while freshman Jasmine Buckley (Beacon, CT) led the Blue Jays defensively with 14 digs.
The Blue Jays and Corsiars battled back and forth in the early going of the opening set with the Blue Jays holding a slight 9-7 edge after a Buckley kill. However, the Corsiars would respond and scored the next six straight points to take a 13-9 lead and would never look back. Freshman Anita Sengara (Vancouver, British Columbia) had a pair of kills during the spurt for UMD. Another 6-0 run later in the set would give the home team some cushion as they would go on to take the opener 25-17.
USJ controlled the second set as they never trailed throughout to tie the match 1-1. The Blue and Gold built their lead to as many as eight, 17-9, following a kill by sophomore Carly Ruzbasan (Torrington, CT). The hosts would make a late run to pull within three, but a bad set by the Corsairs ended the set, 25-21, in favor of the Blue Jays.
UMass Dartmouth exploded out of the gate in the third set taking eight of the first nine points to jump head 8-1. The Blue Jays would eventually battle back to pull within 23-18, but the early drought proved to be too much as UMD held on for a 25-18 set victory to go up 2-1.
The Corsiars would then close out the match with a 25-15 fourth set win to take the match 3-1. It was tied 7-7 in the early stages, but UMD would only surrender eight more points for the set and match win. A key 5-0 run late in the set separated the Corsiars from the Blue Jays for the victory.
The USJ volleyball team will be back in action next when they return to GNAC play on Saturday, Oct. 22 against the undefeated Johnson & Wales Wildcats on the road. The match is slated to begin at 12 noon.