BOSTON, Mass.—Despite being extremely competitively in eight of nine sets, UMass Boston volleyball fell 3-1 to the University of Minnesota Morris and 3-2 to Marymount University on Friday evening in their home opener.
Minnesota Morris 3, UMass Boston 1
Marymount University 3, UMass Boston 2
(UMass Boston 0-6)
(Minnesota Morris 4-2)
(Marymount University 4-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
In the first match of the day, UMass Boston jumped all over Minnesota Morris early and held on for a 25-20 first-set lead. The Cougars tied the match with a 25-22 win in the second set and then scored the final four points of the third to earn a stunning 25-23 comeback third-set win. With the Beacons still struggling to bounce back from the third set, Minnesota Morris cruised to a 25-15 win in the fourth and final set.
The Beacons looked primed for the first win of the season in their final match of the day.
UMass Boston bounced back from a first-set loss to win the second set 25-18 and the third set 25-14. Holding their first 2-1 lead of the season, UMass Boston couldn't hang on, as they fell 25-22 to force a fifth set. With the fifth set tied at 8-8, Marymount scored two points in a row and seven of the final 10 to earn a 15-11 set victory and a 3-2 overall win.
Senior libero Macayla Chianco (Clearwater, Fla.) put together one of the best days of her Beacons' career. She posted a career-high 25 digs in the opener, before resetting that record with 35 digs against the Saints. For the night, Chianco finished with 60 digs, to go along with two aces and four assists.
In the match against Minnesota Morris, junior Eileen Shi (San Francisco, Calif.) paced the Beacons with a match-high 12 kills to go along with her 11 assists. Sophomore Sarah Doyle (Glendale, Calif.) tacked on eight kills and a season-high 5.5 blocks.
Junior Rachel Maslach (Berlin Center, Ohio) paced the Beacons in the nightcap. The junior captain finished with a career-high 14 kills while also hitting .364. She also tacked on 14 assists, four digs and a team-best three aces.
Shi added on 12 kills of her own against Marymount, while sophomore Sidnee Berch (Boca Raton, Fla.) posted a career-best 10 digs.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston hit .096 in the opener and finished with a season-best 12 total blocks. In the nightcap, the Beacons outhit the Saints .220-.168 and recorded a season-best 67 digs.
- Sophomore Emilia Czapiewska (Saint Paul, Minn.) recorded a career-best 12 digs in the opener. Both Czapiewska and Berch enjoyed their first career-double-digit dig matches.
- Maslach's previous career high in kills was nine against the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor on September 2 of this season.
- The Beacons had not won multiple sets in a match prior to their five-setter against Marymount University.
UMass Boston will travel to Brandeis University on Saturday, where they will take on RIT at Noon and Anna Maria College at 2 p.m.