DANBURY, Conn. – A slow start in the fifth and final set gave the host Colonials the edge they needed as they managed to hold-off volleyball on the way to a 3-2 decision Wednesday evening in the final Little East Conference regular season match for both teams.
UMass Boston 2, Western Connecticut State University 3
UMass Boston (8-17, 5-3 Little East Conference)
Western Connecticut State (20-6, 6-2 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After dropping a close opening set by the final of 25-20, the Beacons immediately responded in the second with a decisive 25-18 win. The host Colonials did manage to slip past UMB in the third frame with a 25-21 win to retake the advantage on the scoreboard. Down but definitely not out the Beacons bounced back again in the fourth as they earned a momentum changing 25-20 win to force the fifth-set.
Unfortunately, the momentum from their fourth-set victory did not carry over into the early parts of the final frame, as WCSU jumped out to the early advantage. They would then keep their distance from the Beacons as they secured the win with a 15-8 victory.
Marcelle Tiscareno (El Paso, Texas), who was named the Little East Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, led the Beacons with 11 kills. WCSU's Nicolina Chenard led all hitters with 17 kills but managed just a .088 hitting percentage despite an impressive 57 total attacks.
Carsen Komminsk (Worthington, Ohio) finished with 31 assists, and 14 digs for another solid double-double. McKayla Geraghty (Elgin, Ill.) and Tyla Parker (Mahwah, N.J.) finished tied for the team lead in digs with 16 each.
Sarah Doyle (Glendale, Calif.) had the Beacons only solo block, while also finishing with eight kills and a .318 hitting percentage.
BY THE NUMBERS
- With the loss the Beacons will be the fourth-seed in next week's Little East Conference Tournament, and will host a quarterfinal match on Tuesday, November 5
- The Beacons hit just .092 in the match, while WCSU finished hitting .096
- Emilia Czapiewska (Saint Paul, Minn.) now needs 25 kills to record her 600th, which would make her just the 13th player in program history to hit that mark
- All-time the Beacons are now 14-18 against WCSU
- All three of the Beacons conference losses this season have been in five-sets, while every win was decided in three-sets
The Beacons will travel to Endicott College on Friday for a 6 p.m. non-conference match.