BOSTON, Mass. – A balanced offense and a match-high 11 kills by Abby Stern pushed Eastern Connecticut State University past volleyball as the Warriors blanked the Beacons by the final of 3-0 Friday evening at the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.
UMass Boston 3, Eastern Connecticut State University 0
UMass Boston (7-3, 1-1 Little East Conference)
Eastern Connecticut State (6-4, 1-1 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After a tight first set went in the favor of the Warriors (25-23), Eastern Connecticut State found themselves in the driver's seat following a commanding 25-17 win. The third and final frame, saw UMB rally late, but it was ECSU with the decisive block to end the match that sealed the Warriors shutout victory.
Stern's team-leading performance saw the hitter post her 11 kills on 34 attempts. She finished the match hitting .206. Alaetra Long had a match-high .318 hitting percentage as she threw down nine kills on 22 attempts.
For the Beacons, Eileen Shi (San Francisco, Calif.) matched the game-high with 11 kills but hit a season low -.029. Emilia Czapiewska (Saint Paul, Minn.) and Marcelle Tiscareno (El Paso, Texas) each finished with seven kills. Carsen Komminsk (Worthington, Ohio) led the trio of Beacons setters with 16 assists and had three of the team's eight aces.
Macayla Chianco (Clearwater, Fla.) was the top Beacon in the digs column with 18 put-ups, but it was the Warriors Madison Bell who led in the back row with 20 digs. Jackie Orlowski dominated at the net as she finished with three solo blocks and one block assist.
- The Beacons did not hit better than .167 in the Friday's conference loss
- Shi is now tied for third all-time in kills with 1,191 tying UMB Hall of Famer Kate White '10
- Friday's loss marked the first home regular season conference loss for the Beacons since the 2011 season, and first win for ECSU in Boston since 2003
- The Warriors are now 14-11 all-time against the Beacons
The Beacons will host Amherst College tomorrow at 1 p.m. in a non-conference match.