BELTON, Texas – Despite a pair of tough matches, volleyball fell just short as they were defeated by Hardin Simmons University and the host Crusaders of Mary Hardin-Baylor University by the finals of 3-1 Saturday afternoon on the final day of the tournament.
UMass Boston 1, Hardin Simmons University 3
UMass Boston 1, Mary Hardin-Baylor 3
HOW IT HAPPENED
In their first match of the day, the Beacons came out firing but were unable to secure a victory in the first two frames. However, with their backs up against the wall, the Beacons rallied in the third to take a 25-23 win. In the final frame, the Beacons dropped a 25-19 decision to fall 3-1 overall.
Against the host Crusaders, the Beacons nearly took a 2-0 lead, but had to settle for just a first set victory (25-22). Looking to take their first 2-0 lead of the weekend the Beacons saw a comfortable lead slip through their fingers as UMHB earned a 25-21 decision. From there the Crusaders would take a 25-15 win and a 25-17 win to seal the victory.
On the day, Eileen Shi (San Francisco, Calif.) was strong in both matches. Against HSU she finished with a team-best 20 kills and hit .410. She also had 11 digs, two aces, and one block assist. In the nightcap, Shi finished with 13 put-downs and had six digs. Defensively, Macayla Chianco (Clearwater, Fla.) finished with a combined 26 digs respectively in the two losses.
Rachel Maslach (Berlin Center, Ohio) posted a solid nine kills and 16 assists against UMHB, while Christina Elliott (Camas, Wash.) had 22 assists. Sarah Doyle (Glendale, Calif.) posted eight kills and hit .444, and also had two solo blocks at the net.
BY THE NUMBERS
- All-time UMass Boston is now 1-1 against Mary Hardin-Baylor and 2-1 against Hardin Simmons
- After the weekend, Shi returns to New England averaging 4.21 kills per set, and has a team-best 59 kills.
- Elliott and Maslach combined for 151 assists respectively over the course of four matches
The Beacons will host the University of Minnesota Morris on 3 p.m. on Friday, and Marymount University at 5 p.m.