SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.—UMass Boston volleyball rolled to a pair of victories on the final day of the regular season to finish the Skidmore College Invitational with a perfect 3-0 mark.
UMass Boston 3, SUNY Potsdam 1
UMass Boston 3, Union College (N.Y.) 0
(UMass Boston 13-15)
(SUNY Potsdam 12-15)
(Union College 12-21)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Junior Eileen Shi (San Francisco, Calif.) earned Co-MVP honors of the Skidmore College Invitational after becoming the fifth player in program history to reach 1,000 kills.
In three matches this weekend, Shi posted 40 kills and 40 digs to help the Beacons knock off a trio of New York opponents. Fellow junior Rachel Maslach (Berlin Center, Ohio) joined Shi on the All-Tournament team after a fantastic weekend of her own.
In the opener on Saturday, SUNY Potsdam took the first 25-20, before UMass Boston rolled off three-straight set wins of 25-22, 25-22 and 25-19.
Shi paced the Beacons with 15 kills in the victory and tacked on eight digs and two aces. Sophomore Emilia Czapiewska (Saint Paul, Minn.) was the most effective hitter in the contest. She finished with 14 kills and hit a team-best .312, while adding four digs and three block assists.
Sarah Doyle (Glendale, Calif.) was the final Beacon to finish with double-digit kills, as she chipped in with 12 kills on 26 swings.
Maslach finished with a match-high 27 assists, while Macayla Chianco (Clearwater, Fla.) tacked on a match-high 18 digs.
The Beacons closed out the weekend with their most convincing win of the tournament, as they downed Union College 3-0. The Beacons took the first set 25-23, before limiting the Dutchmen to just 17 and 14 points in the final two sets.
Czapiewska kept her momentum going as she registered a match-high 11 kills and .320 hitting percentage. Shi finished second with nine kills and 15 digs, while Doyle added seven kills on 11 swings for a .636 hitting percentage.
Maslach and Carsen Komminsk (Westerville, Ohio) each had 15 assists in the win, while Shi and Chianco tied for the match-high with 15 digs.
BY THE NUMBERS
- The Beacons were the only team in the six-team Skidmore Invitational field to finish without a loss.
- After suffering an upset loss on Tuesday, the Beacons head into the LEC Tournament riding their second winning streak of three games or more this fall.
- The Beacons held SUNY Potsdam to a .067 hitting percentage and Union to a .036 hitting percentage on Saturday.
- Shi has recorded 1,012 kills and 840 digs in 90 career matches. She sits fifth all-time in career kills and eighth in career digs. With 160 more digs, Shi would become only the third player in program history to reach the 1,000 kills and digs mark.
UMass Boston will host the winner of #4 Plymouth State University and #5 Western Connecticut State University on Thursday night in the Little East Conference Semifinals.