BOSTON, Mass. – Led by Eileen Shi's (San Francisco, Calif.) 17 kills and Sarah Doyle's (Glendale, Calif.) .571 hitting percentage, volleyball cruised to a 3-0 Little East Conference win over Western Connecticut State University Saturday afternoon in the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.
UMass Boston 3, Western Connecticut State University 0
UMass Boston (10-4, 3-1 Little East Conference)
Western Conn. State U. (8-8, 2-2 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Shi and Doyle carried the Beacons to the crucial conference win, as UMB moved into first place in the conference standings. In the opening frame, the Beacons jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead over WCSU thanks to some tremendous serves by Emilia Czapiewska (Saint Paul, Minn.). However, that early run was quickly countered by the Colonials, as they cut the Beacons lead down to one (6-5). UMB did manage to keep their slim lead intact, and eventually gained some breathing room in the middle third of the frame. The Beacons would clinch the first set win as they outscored the Colonials 9-7.
The beginning of the second set mirrored the first as UMB jumped out to a 4-0 lead. The Colonials rallied once again and took their first lead of the match (7-6). However, the Beacons quickly responded with a 5-0 run to retake control of the contest (11-7). The two would once again exchange runs, but it was the late push by the Beacons that helped them secure the 25-16 victory. The Beacons hit .321 in the frame as they finished with 13 kills on 28 attempts.
In the final frame, UMB dominated play from start-to-finish. Shi pounded the ball all over the hardwood as she lifted the Beacons to the 25-19 decision and the conference victory. UMB's offense continued to roll hitting .474 scoring 11 kills on 19 attempts.
Rachel Maslach (Berlin Center, Ohio) tallied 14 assists to lead the offense, while Macayla Chianco (Clearwater, Fla.) registered 13 digs. Ariana Casingal (Melbourne, Fla.) tallied three solo blocks. Czapiewska and Shi led UMB with five aces each.
Kamari King, who has led the Colonials offense all season, finished with five kills. Skylar Kellam tallied eight assists, and Jenna Pisano and Victoria Korzan each had six digs.
BY THE NUMBERS
- All-time the Beacons are now 14-17 against the Colonials
- They have now won five straight and 14 of their last 15 against WCSU
- Shi now sits 41 digs away from her 1,000th, while Chianco is now just 25 digs away from hers
- Shi is now just 35 kills away from moving into a tie for second all-time matching Julia Murphy's record of 1,286
The Beacons will host Tufts University on Tuesday at 7 p.m.