CLAREMONT, Calif. – After a tough season opener, the 16th ranked Beacons (1-3) managed to battle back on the second day of the Pacific Coast Classic to earn their first win of the year, a 3-2 victory over Minnesota-Morris in game one, but unfortunately that momentum could not carry over into the final match as they were defeated by North Central College (IL) by the final of 3-0 Saturday afternoon at Pomona Pitzer College.
Against Minnesota-Morris the Beacons earned the game one win with a 25-19 decision. They nearly took game two, but it was Minnesota-Morris who pulled out the 27-25 victory. Minnesota then recorded a 25-20 game three win to take a 2-1 lead over UMass. The Beacons down but not out rallied in game four with a 25-20 win and held off Minnesota in game five to earn a 15-10 and 3-2 victory to improve to 1-2 on the year.
In the nightcap it was all North Central in two of the three games as they defeated the Beacons 25-16 in game one and 25-18 in game three. The second game proved to be a back-and-forth battled until the end, with North Central stealing the 28-26 decision.
Senior Shannon Thompson (Moorpark, Calif.) proved to be the driving force against Minnesota as she scored a match-high 20 kills on 46 attempts for .283 attack percentage. Thompson was also solid at the net as she tallied two solo blocks and six block assists. In total the Beacons combined for 17 blocks in the match. Molly Witzmann (Encinitas, Calif.) was also solid with her seven kills, two solo blocks, and five block assists.
Setters Emma Rocha (Boynton Beach, Fla.) and Megan Pollock (Wilton, Calif.) combined for 45 assists respectively, with Rocha tallying eight digs. Senior libero Kayla Wilson (San Jose, Calif.) led the contest with 17 digs, followed by Thompson with 11. Combined UMass tallied a total of 12 aces.
In game two it was Brooke Nemethy (Oviedo, Fla.) who led the Beacons with 13 kills, followed by Thompson with eight. Rocha and Pollock tallied 30 assists, while Pollock recorded a team-best two aces. Wilson totaled 20 digs, followed by Corrine Porter (Huntington Beach, Calif.) with 11.
Volleyball returns to action next Friday when they take on Middlebury College at 5 p.m. as part of the Endicott College Invitational in Beverly, Mass.