SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – After falling in a 2-1 hole, volleyball completed their two-set comeback as they earned a 3-2 non-conference win over Skidmore college Friday evening at the Williamson Center.
UMass Boston 3, Skidmore College 2
UMass Boston (11-14)
Skidmore College (16-10)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After the host Thoroughbreds earned a 25-21 in the first set, the Beacons tied the match at 1-1 with a 25-18 victory. Skidmore than responded with a one-sided 25-16 win as the Beacons hit just .031 in the frame. Down, but not out the Beacons rallied in the fourth set and hit .345 to take a 25-20 win to tie the match at two sets a-piece. In the final set, UMass Boston grinded out a 25-11 victory to secure the non-conference victory.
The Beacons saw three players finish with 10 or more digs in Friday's win. Eileen Shi (San Francisco, Calif.) led the trio with 16 kills, and hit .345 in the victory. Sarah Doyle (Glendale, Calif.) and Emilia Czapiewska (Saint Paul, Minn.) each finished with 12 kills. Also having a strong offensive showing was Rachel Maslach (Berlin Center, Ohio) who had nine kills, while also hitting .444.
The Ohio native tallied 28 assists, while fellow Ohio native Carsen Komminsk (Westerville, Ohio) finished with 20 assists. Macayla Chianco (Clearwater, Fla.) anchored the Beacons back row with her 23 digs. Shi notched another double-double with 17 digs. Senior Alex Gibbs (Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas) finished with 10 digs. At the net Doyle collected the Beacons only solo block and had six of the team's 18 block assists.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Friday's match marked the first-ever meeting between UMass Boston and Skidmore College
- As a team, the Beacons hit .224 while Skidmore hit just .111
- In total, the score was tied a combined 14 times, while there were also 10 lead changes
- Shi now sits 12 kills away from her 1,000th career put down, and needs 183 digs to become just the third player in program history to record 1,000 kills and digs in a career.
The Beacons will close out the weekend with a 10 a.m. match against SUNY Potsdam, and a 2 p.m. match against Union College. Both matches will be played at Skidmore College.