BOSTON, Mass. – After suffering a 3-0 loss to Springfield College, volleyball bounced back with a huge 3-1 win over Endicott College Saturday afternoon at Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium in the Beacons final home tri-match of the 2018 season.
UMass Boston 0, Springfield College 3
UMass Boston 3, Endicott College 1
UMass Boston (13-8)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Despite playing two close sets against Springfield College, the visiting Pride, who had entered the match riding an 18-match win-streak defeated the Beacons 25-20 in the first, 25-15 in the second, and 25-23 in the third.
The Pride would then see their win-streak come to an end at the hands of Endicott in the second match of the day, as the Gulls blew past Springfield to earn a 3-0 victory.
Looking to walk away from the weekend with a victory, UMass Boston erupted offensively and completely dominated the Gulls in the opening frame. The Beacons would hit an impressive .440 to earn a 25-14 win to get the match off to a great start. Endicott would respond in the second as they hit .412 to take a 25-15 win of-their-own. Despite the second set let down, the Beacons offense began to fire on all cylinders in the final two sets. In the third the Beacons hit .500 scoring 21 kills on 36 attempts to earn the 25-16 victory. They then earned a 25-16 win in the final set thanks to a combined 12 kills and a .393 hitting percentage.
UMASS BOSTON 0, SPRINGFIELD COLLEGE 3
Against the Pride, Eileen Shi (San Francisco, Calif.) led the Beacons with 10 kills, while for Springfield finished with a match-high 13 kills. Carsen Komminsk (Worthington, Ohio) registered 12 assists, while Emilia Czapiewska (Saint Paul, Minn.) led the Beacons with eight digs. Rachel Maslach (Berlin Center, Ohio) finished second on the team with five kills.
Sara Labadorf carried the Pride's offense with her 33 assists. Jen Donnelly and Briana Tovar combined for 22 digs respectively to lead Springfield's defense.
UMASS BOSTON 3, ENDICOTT COLLEGE 1
The Beacons recorded at-least 10 kills in every set to earn the huge win over the Gulls. Shi was red-hot from start to finish scoring 20 kills while also hitting a match-high .405. Emma Mancini and Nicole Winkler each had seven kills, with Winkler leading the team with a .417 hitting percentage.
Elliott and Komminsk were brilliant from start to finish totaling 46 assists in the win. Elliott also got in on the offense with her three kills, while also helping out on defense with a solo block and block assist. Macayla Chianco (Clearwater, Fla.) registered a match-high 20 digs.
Marcelle Tiscareno (El Paso, Texas) notched a .500 hitting percentage after scoring 11 kills on 20 attempts, with only one attack error. Czapiewska also had a solid game all around scoring eight kills, while also tallying three aces, six digs and two solo blocks.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Saturday's match marked the first meeting between the Beacons and Springfield College since the 2011 NCAA Regional Championship match
- Springfield is now 1-3 against the Beacons all-time
- The Beacons are now 9-8 all-time against Endicott College, and marked their third win over the Gulls in the last four meetings
- Shi's 20 kills against Endicott marked the third time this season that the senior has recorded 20 or more kills in a match
- The Beacons combined for nine total blocks in the win over Endicott, seven of which were solo stops
The Beacons will host Rhode Island College on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in a little East Conference match on senior day.