ALLIANCE, Ohio – With a 3-1 win over Denison College and a 3-0 victory over the College of Wooster, volleyball improved to 4-0 for the first time since the 2010 season as they closed out the University of Mount Union Invite Saturday afternoon.
UMass Boston 3, Denison College 1
UMass Boston 3, College of Wooster 0
UMass Boston (4-0)
HOW IT HAPPENED
In their opening match with the Big Red of Denison, UMass Boston had to play their best volleyball of the early season, as they looked to continue their winning ways. In a match that could have gone either way, the Beacons managed to battle back from a sluggish second frame to earn the 3-1 victory. After taking a 25-21 win in the first frame, the Beacons could not build any momentum in the second, which allowed Denison to score a 25-21 win to tie the match at 1-1.
From there the Beacons came storming back in the third as the cruised to a 25-15 win to regain the lead. The fourth and deciding set proved to be another tough test for UMB, but the Beacons managed to hold-off a Denison rally as they earned the 25-20 win. Helping to lead the charge for UMB in the win was senior setter Christina Elliott (Camas, Wash.), who became the newest member of the 1,000 assists club for the Beacons squad. She is now the eighth player in the programs history achieve the career milestone, as UMB continues it's best start in recent memory.
Senior outside hitter Eileen Shi (San Francisco, Calif.) was unstoppable in the victory scoring a career-high 27 kills to go along with 18 digs and a .477 hitting percentage. Emilia Czapiewska (Saint Paul, Minn.) was just as impressive as the duo continue to lead the Beacons offense in 2018. The Division 1 transfer threw down 17 kills and was just as consistent as Shi as she posted a .371 hitting percentage.
Macayla Chianco (Clearwater, Fla.) was one of three Beacons to finish in double-figures in digs, as the senior recorded a match-high 19 put-ups. Czapiewska tallied 10 digs to earn her first double-double of the season, alongside Shi.
Against Wooster, UMB had to dig deep to clinch the 4-0 record. Showing tremendous composure, UMB managed to squeak out a 25-23 win in the first set and a 27-25 win in the second. The final frame was all blue and white from start-to-finish as they cruised to a 25-15 win to cap-off a tremendous tournament.
Czapiewska was the lone Beacon to finish in double-digits in kills, with her 13 put-downs. Carsen Komminsk (Worthington, Ohio) led the team with 15 assists, while Elliott tallied 12 assists.
Sarah Doyle (Glendale, Calif.) led the Beacons at the net with a pair of solo blocks.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Saturday's match marked the first-ever meeting between the Beacons and their two opponents
- The last time UMB posted a 4-0 record to star the season, UMB went-on to win the NCAA Regional Championship, the first-ever in program history
- Shi's 27 kills against Denison was the third most in program history in a single match
The Beacons will return to action next Saturday when they host Maine Presque Isle at 11 am and Bowdoin College at 3 pm in their 2018 home trimatch.