Volleyball Cruises On Day 1 of Mount Union Invitational

Volleyball Cruises On Day 1 of Mount Union Invitational

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The volleyball team got their 2018 season off to a great start as they notched a 3-0 win over Thiel College and a 3-1 win over Grove City College on the first day of the University of Mount Union Invitational.

THE BASICS

UMass Boston 3, Thiel College 0
UMass Boston 3, Grove City College 1

UMass Boston (2-0)
Thiel College (0-1)
Grove City College (0-1)

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Beacons wasted little time in the first match of the new campaign as they dominated their opponent from western Pennsylvania.  The Beacons were led by senior Eileen Shi (San Francisco, Calif.) who finished with a match-high 13 kills and a .406 hitting percentage.  The Beacons came out firing on all cylinders in the first set as they cruised the 25-13 win.  They then picked-up a 25-14 win in the second frame, before closing out the victory with a 25-18 win in the third.

Along with Shi, Emilia Czapiewska (Saint Paul, Minn.) did her part with seven kills and a solid attack percentage of .333.  The junior hitter was also solid at the service line scoring a match-high three service aces.  Setter Carsen Komminsk (Worthington, Ohio) finished with a team-high 11 assists, while also finishing with a pair of aces. 

Senior Macayla Chianco (Clearwater, Fla.) continued her standout play in the back row as she totaled 14 of the team's 29 digs.  At the net UMB combined for five total blocks, with newcomer Marcelle Tiscareno (El Paso, Texas) finishing with one solo stop and one block assist.

In their second match of the afternoon, UMB put their endurance to the test as Grove City looked to knock-off the confident Beacons.  The two teams exchanged points early in the opening set, but it did not take too long for UMB to blow past Grove City as they earned a 25-13 win.  Grove City tried to make things interesting in the second set, but a late run by the Beacons saw them earn a 25-18 win. 

Grove City did get their lone win of the match in the third, as UMB stumbled a little bit.  The Beacons who really controlled the pace of play through the first two sets, struggled to keep that play going in the third.  UMB tried to pull-off a late comeback, but the Wolverines were able sneak out the victory.

The final frame was all UMB from start-to-finish.  The Beacons powered past their opponent to earn a 25-17 win to begin 2018 on a high note.

As a team the Beacons hit .265, while holding Grove City to .136 hitting percentage.  Czapiewska had a huge offensive performance scoring 19 kills, while Shi was right behind her fellow hitter with 15 put downs.  Christina Elliott (Camas, Wash.) and Komminsk combined for 18 assists respectively, while Komminsk also finished with 11 digs.  Chianco put-up 14 digs to cap-off a nice start to her senior campaign. 

BY THE NUMBERS

  • Friday's matches marked the first ever meeting between UMass Boston and their two opponents
  • The Beacons are playing at the University of Mount Union for the first time in program history
  • With her performance on Friday, Shi now sits fourth all-time in program history with 1,082 career kills. 
  • Shi also sits 113 digs away from recording her 1,000th career dig making her just the third player in program history to achieve that mark
  • Also making their collegiate debuts in Friday's matches was Jill Francis (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Ava Campano (Redding, Conn.)

WHO'S NEXT

The Beacons will face Denison College tomorrow at 10 am and the College of Wooster at 12 pm on the final day of the tournament.