DANBURY, Conn. – Beacons volleyball extended their win-streak to six straight matches and moved into a tie for first place in the conference standings thanks to a 3-1 Little East Conference victory over Western Connecticut State University Saturday afternoon at Feldman Arena.
UMass Boston 3, Western Connecticut State University 1
UMass Boston (6-6, 2-0 Little East Conference)
Western Conn. State U. (4-9, 1-1 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After a tough first set loss to the host Colonials (25-23), UMass Boston kicked it into overdrive as they completely overwhelmed WCSU. In the second set the Beacons pounded out a 25-16 victory, before dismantling the Colonials in the third set with a 25-12 win. The fourth set continued to favor UMB as the cruised to a 25-16 victory to even their overall record at .500, after starting off the season 0-6.
With the conference win, UMB and Keene State College remain the only undefeated teams left in the Little East Conference. The two teams will face each other on October 18 in Boston in what could be a huge conference match heading into the postseason.
Junior hitter/setter Rachel Maslach (Berlin Center, Ohio) continued her strong play as she registered nine kills and 25 assists. Outside hitters Emilia Czapiewska (Saint Paul, Minn.) and Eileen Shi (San Francisco, Calif.) combined for 26 kills respectively, with Shi hitting .286, while Czapiewska hit .200 in the conference win.
Sarah Doyle (Glendale, Calif.) collected eight kills and hit a match .438. She also scored three of the Beacons seven aces. Macayla Chianco (Clearwater, Fla.) registered a match-high 21 digs, while also combing-up with 17 service receptions.
For the Colonials, they hit a deplorable .032 in Saturday's match-up, with Kamari King recording the only double-figure showing with 10 kills. Jenna Skerritt had 29 assists, and Jenna Pisano finished with 17 digs. WCSU managed just two block assists in the conference loss.
BY THE NUMBERS
- With the win, the Beacons improved to 13-17 all-time against Western Connecticut
- UMB is now 13-1 against the Colonials since the 2008 season; During that stretch, they have won four straight in Danbury, CT
- With Saturday's performance, Chianco leads the Little East in digs per set with 4.96 and is third in total digs with 223
- Doyle is the conference's leader in blocks per set with 0.89, while her .302 hitting percentage ranks second
The Beacons will travel to Tufts University on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. non-conference match.