Southern Maine Stuns Volleyball In Conference Finale

Southern Maine Stuns Volleyball In Conference Finale

GORHAM, Maine – Led by Jess Williamson's match-high 21 kills, the University of Southern Maine pulled-off the upset of the 2017 volleyball season as the Huskies handed volleyball a 3-2 loss Tuesday evening at Hill Gymnasium.

THE BASICS

UMass Boston 2, University of Southern Maine 3

UMass Boston (10-15/6-1 Little East Conference)
Southern Maine (19-7/3-3 Little East Conference)

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Beacons continued their winning ways in the first set as they collected a 25-17 win over the host Huskies.  However, Southern Maine would elevate their game and recorded back-to-back 25-19 victories.  With their backs up against the wall, the Beacons managed to force the fifth set as they pulled-out a 25-22 win in the fourth frame.  In the final set, the Huskies completed the upset of the Beacons as they earned a 15-13 win over UMB.

On the night Williamson hit .279, while Kylee Austin finished second on the team with eight kills.  Nicole Schmitz finished with 40 assists to help carry USM's offensive effort. 

For the Beacons Rachel Maslach (Berlin Center, Ohio) had another strong match scoring 10 kills while hitting .409.  The Ohio native also had 15 assists, seven digs, and two block assists.  Eileen Shi (San Francisco, Calif.) led UMass Boston with 15 kills and posted 16 digs for the double-double.

Carsen Komminsk (Westerville, Ohio) tallied 21 assists in the conference loss.  Sarah Doyle (Glendale, Calif.) dropped in nine kills and had four of the team's 16 block assists.  Macayla Chianco (Clearwater, Fla.) connected for 11 digs and had two of the team's 12 aces.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • Despite the loss the Beacons still earn a share of the Little East Regular Season title along with Keene State College
  • The Beacons will get a first-round bye in the LEC Tournament, and will host a semi-final match on November 2 at 7 p.m.
  • All-time UMass Boston is now 17-12 against the Huskies
  • Tuesday's match marked just the second time since the 2005 season that UMass had to go to five sets with the Huskies
  • The loss in Maine was the Beacons first since the 2004 season when they earned a 3-2 decision

WHO'S NEXT

The Beacons will travel to Skidmore College on Friday where they will face the host Thoroughbreds in their first of three matches in Saratoga Springs, NY.