WEST HAVEN -- The University of Bridgeport women's volleyball team advanced into the semifinals of the 2012 NCAA Division II East Regional Thursday with a straight-set win -- 25-19, 25-15, 25-22 -- over seventh-seeded Dowling.
The No. 2 seed and defending East Regional champions, the Purple Knights next face the third-seeded Adelphi Panthers Friday at 5 p.m. at West Haven. Adelphi swept LIU Post to advance in Thursday's first match.
Bridgeport (26-4 overall) has won 14 matches in a row. Dowling closes its season at 20-15.
Blijana Savic led UB with 13 kills on the day. Seniors Sabrina Simas and Darsel Springer had nine kills each, and Larissa Oliveira had seven kills on 13 attacks, plus she six blocks. Taylor McBeth and Ying Shen led the UB defense with 10 digs apiece.
Setter Fernanda Silva directed the Purple Knights' offense with 39 assists, and she also had three kills, three digs, two service aces and two block assists.