PAWTUCKET, R.I. – For the first time in her Eileen Shi (San Francisco, Calif.) has been named the Little East Conference Offensive Player of the Year. The senior hitter also earned First Team All-Conference honors, along with junior middle Sarah Doyle (Glendale, Calif.). Senior libero Macayla Chianco (Clearwater, Fla.) earned Second Team honors for the second straight season.
In her final season on the harbor campus, Shi hit a conference leading 3.97 kills per set and 369 total kills. The San Francisco native became just the third Beacon in program history to record over 1,000 digs and 1,000 kills in a career. Currently sitting second all-time in kills with 1,420, Shi also sits sixth in the program's history with her 1,060 digs. In 2018, Shi finished with a .222 hitting percentage and started in all 26 matches. Her 119 matches played has her tied for 10th all-time, as ended her career as one of the most consistent players for the UMB. In her 93 sets played, Shi also had 76 aces, which led the team, and 196 total digs. At the net she finished fourth on the squad with 17 total blocks and had 14 block assists.
Doyle earned her first All-Conference nod after spending a majority of the season as one of the conference's top hitters. She also finished the year, ranked in the top-20 in blocks per set with .41 bps. Her 22 block assists and 14 solo blocks were both the second highest on this year's team. Offensively, Doyle registered 161 kills and averaged 1.85 kills per set. She was the lone hitter to record a plus .300 hitting percentage. In the 3-1 win at Keene State College, Doyle recorded her best offensive day scoring 13 kills on 20 attempts for a .650 hitting percentage. At the net she collected a season best four total blocks in the conference tournament semifinal when she posted four block assists.
Chianco, in her final season as a Beacon, led UMB with 421 digs (4.53 dps). In the little East, the Florida native ended the year third in digs per set and total digs. Also, the newest member of the 1,000-dig club, Chianco ended her time at the harbor campus ranked tied for third all-time in career put-ups with 1,202. Her best match of the year was in the 3-1 win at Keene State College, when she recorded 33 digs. She also finished with 30 digs in the semi-final loss to the Owls to close out her college career.