MEDFORD, Mass. – Led by Jordan Lapins match-high 11 kills, the 16th ranked Beavers of Babson College handed the Beacons a 3-0 loss in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Regional Tournament, ending UMass Boston's 2019 campaign Friday afternoon at Cousens Gymnasium on the campus of Tufts University.
UMass Boston 0, #16 Babson College 3
UMass Boston (12-19)
Babson College (33-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
With the loss the Beacons 2019 season comes to a close, while Babson advances to the semi-final round of the NCAA Regional Tournament. The Beavers will face Johnson & Wales University (RI) for a spot in Sunday's title match on the line.
Facing perhaps their toughest opponent since the beginning of the season, the Beacons could not build any momentum early in the first set as they dropped a 25-16 decision. UMB tried to rally in the second frame, and traded points with the Beavers until the midway point of the second. From there the Beavers rode a wave of momentum to earn another 25-16 win. The third set was all Babson as they earned the 3-0 victory with a 25-13 win.
Marcelle Tiscareno (El Paso, Texas) led the Beacons with six kills and hit .400 in the match. Carsen Komminsk (Worthington, Ohio) finished with 17 assists, and six digs. Tyla Parker (Mahwah, N.J.) recorded 16 digs, with McKayla Geraghty finishing with eight put-ups.
To have a shot at taking down one of the top teams in New England, the Beacons had to serve aggressively. Unfortunately they recorded nine service errors, while only coming-up with four aces. Senior Sidnee Berch (Boca Raton, Fla.) led the Beacons with three aces in her final match as a Beacon.
Fellow senior Sarah Doyle registered three kills and had one of the Beacons four block assists.
Along with Lapins, Allie Puccio also did a majority of the offensive work for the Beavers as she recorded nine kills and a match-high .421 attack percentage. Elizabeth Cameron finished with 23 assists, and six digs. Maddie Malee led the Beavers back row with 13 digs.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Friday's match marked the first time that UMass Boston and Babson faced each other in the NCAA Tournament
- The Beacons were making their ninth appearance in the NCAA Regional Tournament and first since the 2017 season
- Friday's match also marked the final in the career of Bianca Coghi-DeSousa (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
- Doyle ends here career as one of the top blockers in UMass Boston history with 120 block solos, 212 block assists, and 332 total block. She played in 119 matches and 435 sets, and totaled 734 kills and had a career hitting percentage of .277
- Berch played in her 86th career match on Friday and ended her career with 128 aces and 379 digs