WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – For only the second time in the last five years, volleyball saw their season come to an end in the semi-final round of the Little East Conference Tournament as the third-seeded Owls of Keene State College downed the second-seeded Beacons by final of 3-1 Friday evening at Geissler Gymnasium on the campus of Eastern Connecticut State University.
#2 UMass Boston 1, #3 Keene State College 3
UMass Boston (17-9)
Keene State College (22-9)
HOW IT HAPPENED
In their final match of the 2018 campaign, the Beacons struggled offensively as they hit just .114 in the loss. The Beacons nearly walked away with the win in the first set, but could not complete the victory, as Keene State earned a 26-24 win in the opening frame.
UMB did manage to tie the match at 1-1 after a 25-20 win in the second. The Beacons hit a match-best .211 in the frame scoring 15 kills on 38 attempts. Unfortunately, from there the Owls managed to regain the momentum and clawed past the Beacons in the final two sets as they earned a 25-19 win in the third and a 25-22 win in the fourth.
Eileen Shi (San Francisco, Calif.) led the match with 19 kills as she ended her career as one of the top hitters in program history. On the night, Shi hit .143, while Emilia Czapiewska (Saint Paul, Minn.) finished second on the team with 13 put downs.
Christina Elliott (Camas, Wash.) posted 18 assists to close out a strong career of-her-own. Carsen Komminsk (Worthington, Ohio) led the Beacons with 21 assists, and had one of the team's 10 aces. Shi led the Beacons with five aces. Sarah Doyle (Glendale, Calif.) combined for eight kills as she ended a strong junior season.
Macayla Chianco (Clearwater, Fla.) was one of four Beacons to finish in double-figures in digs, as the senior registered 30. Shi capped-off her night with 15 digs, while Czapiewska recorded a double-double of her own with 13 digs. Sidnee Berch (Boca Raton, Fla.), who finished second in aces with three, also had 11 digs.
At the net Doyle registered four block assists, with the lone solo block going to Marcelle Tiscareno (El Paso, Texas).
BY THE NUMBERS
- Friday's contest marked the final in the careers of Rachel Maslach (Berlin Center, Ohio), Shi, Elliott, Chianco and Ariana Casingal (Melbourne, Fla.)
- All-time the Beacons are now 17-13 against Keene State
- The win for the Owls ended the Beacons 15-match win-streak which dated back to September 26, 2009