BOSTON, Mass. – Led by an impressive service display from senior Eileen Shi (San Francisco, Calif.) volleyball got back on the winning track as they registered a 3-0 Little East Conference win over the University of Southern Maine Tuesday evening at the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.
UMass Boston 3, U. of Southern Maine 0
UMass Boston (8-4, 2-1 Little East Conference)
Southern Maine (9-5, 2-1 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Shi's career-best performance proved to be the catalyst the Beacons needed as they ended a three-match skid. Shi scored seven of her 11 aces in the second set, as the Beacons completely dominated their longtime rival over the final two frames. The two teams exchanged points throughout the first set, but UMB would prevail in the end scoring a 25-19 win. In the second frame it was all UMB as they cruised to a 25-12 win. In the final set UMB continued to roll as they cruised to a 25-13 victory to clinch the win.
Shi's 11 aces and 10 kills earned the senior hitter her fourth double-double of the campaign. On the night the California native hit .217. Emilia Czapiewska (Saint Paul, Minn.) had a team-high 11 kills and finished with seven digs and a .286 hitting percentage.
As a team the Beacons registered a combined hitting percentage of .282 scoring 36 kills in the process.
Carsen Komminsk (Worthington, Ohio) and Rachel Maslach (Berlin Center, Ohio) quarterbacked the Beacons offense with a combined 27 assists respectively, with Komminsk also picking-up one ace, while Maslach had one kill and three digs. Macayla Chianco (Clearwater, Fla.) finished with four aces, off which came in the second set and had 16 digs to lead the Beacons defense.
Kacey Foerster collected a team-high six kills, while Nicole Schimtz finished with 13 assists. Kristina Odom led the back row with six digs. Kylee Austin finished with two block solos, which was a match-high.
BY THE NUMBERS
- With Tuesday's win, the Beacons avenged their loss to the Huskies from a year ago when USM shocked UMB with a 3-2 win in Gorham, Maine
- UMass Boston now leads the all-time series 18-12 and have won 13 of their last 14 meetings with USM
- Shi and Chianco continue their race to their 1,000th career digs with Shi now needing 58 and Chianco needing 54
- The last player to record 11 or more kills in a three-set match was Stephanie Adams who holds the program record for aces in a three set match with 12, which she set back on September 11, 2004
The Beacons will host Simmons College on Thursday at 7 p.m. in a non-conference match.