BEVERLY, Mass. – In a back-and-forth match that could have gone either way, the host Gulls of Endicott College rallied late in the fifth set to earn a 3-2 victory over volleyball Thursday evening at MacDonald Gymnasium.
UMass Boston 2, Endicott College 3
UMass Boston (6-8)
Endicott College (10-5)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After winning back-to-back sets to take a 2-1 lead, the Beacons failed to put away the Gulls in the fourth as Endicott pulled out a 25-23 win. In the fifth, EC jumped out to an early lead, but UMB quickly countered and held a slim one point lead for most of the deciding set. Leading 14-13, the Beacons were whistled for a setting error to keep the Gulls in the match. The Beacons would then take a 15-14 lead on an attack error, but they would once again come up short as EC rallied for back-to-back points to clinch the 17-15 win.
Eileen Shi (San Francisco, Calif.) led the contest with 19 kills and hit a team-leading .224. Emilia Czapiewska (Saint Paul, Minn.) notched a double-double of 15 digs and 10 kills, while Rachel Maslach (Berlin Center, Ohio) combined for seven kills and 22 assists.
Macayla Chianco (Clearwater, Fla.) registered a career-high 40 digs in the five-frame battle, and tallied two aces. Christina Elliott (Camas, Wash) put-up 21 assists, and head a team-leading four aces.
BY THE NUMBERS
- The Beacons offense struggled in the non-conference loss as they hit a season-low .095
- Sarah Doyle (Glendale, Calif.) had another strong showing at the net as she posted seven block assists
- The Beacons combined for a season-high 22 block assists, and had one solo block
- Thursday's match marked the 16th meeting between the two teams, both which competed in the 2016 NCAA Regional Tournament
- All-time the series is now tied between UMB and EC with Thursday's win marking just the Gulls second over the Beacons since 2013 (5-2)
The Beacons will travel to Babson College on Saturday where they will take on the host Beavers and the US Coast Guard Academy. The Beacons will face the Coast Guard Academy at 1 p.m. followed by a 3 p.m. match with Babson.