WELLESLEY, Mass. – Despite a career-night from freshman middle Marcelle Tiscareno (El Paso, Texas) the Blue of Wellesley College slipped past volleyball by the final of 3-2 Wednesday evening Towne Fieldhouse.
UMass Boston 2, Wellesley College 3
UMass Boston (5-2)
Wellesley College (6-0)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Facing another top-ranked team in the New England region, the Beacons looked to get back on the winning track against the Blue. The two teams battled back-and-forth in the first set, but it was UMB who earned the 27-25 victory. From there, Wellesley would cruise to a 2-1 lead behind a 25-10 win in the second, and a 25-13 win in the third.
With the match hanging in the balance, the Beacons offense came alive at the right time, as they powered past the Blue with a 25-18 win in the fourth. Unfortunately, the Beacons could not maintain that late push as Wellesley responded back to take the 15-6 win in the fifth frame.
Tiscareno scored a career-high 11 kills in the loss, and hit a team-high .364. Eileen Shi (San Francisco, Calif.) matched her teammate with 11 put downs, but struggled to offensively as she hit just .070 in the five-set marathon.
Sarah Doyle (Glendale, Calif.) had a strong night in the middle with her nine kills and .316 hitting percentage. Carsen Komminsk (Worthington, Ohio) tallied 25 assists and had three aces. Macayla Chianco (Clearwater, Fla.) finished with 12 digs, with Shi finishing second on the team with 11 digs.
BY THE NUMBERS
- The Beacons hit just .135 on the night while Wellesley finished with a hitting percentage of .255
- UMB had a tough night at the end line as they allowed a season-high 15 service aces, while also allowing 17 aces by the Blue
- Wellesley College has now won three straight over the Beacons
- Wednesday match marked the third time that the Beacons and Blue have gone to five sets in 14 meetings all-time
The Beacons will travel to Castleton University on Friday for a 7 pm conference match against the newest member of the Little East.