BOSTON, Mass. – After falling into a 2-0 hole, volleyball successfully fought their way back as they won the final three frames, including a tight fifth set to give volleyball a 3-2 non-conference win over Simmons University Thursday evening at the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.
UMass Boston 3, Simmons University 2
UMass Boston (9-4)
Simmons University (5-8)
HOW IT HAPPENED
With Simmons looking to pull-off the upset after taking a 25-20 win in the first and a 26-24 win in the second, UMB knew they could either lay down and accept the loss or fight back and give the Sharks everything they had.
The momentum quickly shifted in favor of the Beacons in the third frame as they hit a match-high .316 thanks to eight kills and seven aces. UMass Boston then evened the score at 2-2 as they rolled in the fourth set, thanks to four kills from Emilia Czapiewska (Saint Paul, Minn.), and another impressive eight aces.
In the final set, Simmons grabbed an early lead, and managed to hang on to it for a majority of the frame. The turning point of the match came when Eileen Shi (San Francisco, Calif.) scored an ace to tie the score at 10-10. The Sharks then grabbed an 11-10 lead on a Faith Gray-Williams solo block. Czapiewska tied the score at 11-all with a thunderous kill. After exchanging points to make it 12-12 and then 13-13.
Shi would score the crucial 14th point of deciding set -ff of a perfect set from Rachel Maslach (Berlin Center, Ohio). Shi and Maslach would connect one more time to give the Beacons the win.
Shi was dominant on both sides of the net scoring 19 kills, while also adding 10 digs to her line. She nearly missed out on her first career triple double, as she scored nine aces. Czapiewska posted 11 putdowns to help carry UMB to the win.
Sarah Doyle (Glendale, Calif.) finished with a match-high .545 hitting percentage after scoring six kills on 11 attempts. Maslach carried the Beacons offense with 26 assists, while defensively Macayla Chianco (Clearwater, Fla.) finished with 16 digs.
Sidnee Berch (Boca Raton, Fla.) finished second on the team with six aces and had five digs.
BY THE NUMBERS
- With 23 aces, the Beacons set a new team record for aces in a five-set match breaking the original mark of 20 which was set against Simmons in 2005
- On the night the Beacons hit .227, while the Sharks finished hitting .089.
- In total there was 14 lead changes, while the score was tied a season-high 27 times
- The Beacons registered five total blocks, with Marcelle Tiscareno (El Paso, Texas) finishing with one solo block and two block assists
- All-time the Beacons are now 16-12 against the Sharks and have won six straight over Simmons
- Thursday's match marked the first time that the two teams went to five sets since September 8, 2005
- The match marked the first meeting between UMB and Simmons since the 2009 season
The Beacons will host Western Connecticut State University on Saturday at 12 p.m. in a Little East Conference match.