PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Despite hitting a combined .141 as a team, volleyball survived a very determined Rhode Island College team as the Beacons earned a 3-1 Little East Conference win over the Anchorwomen Friday evening at the Murray Center.
UMass Boston (4-6, 1-0 Little East Conference)
Rhode Island College (5-4, 0-1 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Looking to defend their 2016 crown the Beacons had to dig deep as they struggled offensively through the four-set victory. Luckily for UMB, the Anchorwomen also had a hard time building any momentum, as they hit a mere .066 in the conference match-up. UMB jumped out to a 1-0 lead after picking-up a tight 25-22 victory in the first frame. Looking as if though they would take the second set, the Anchorwomen rallied late to even the score at 1-1 with a 25-23 victory.
The third set was UMB's from start to finish as they cruised to a 25-18 victory. The fourth set was a back-and-forth battle all the way, but in the end the Beacons managed to sneak past their rivals to earn a 25-20 win.
Transfer Emilia Czapiewska (Saint Paul, Minn.) was the only Beacon who really hit the ball well in the rare Friday conference match. The D1 transfer fired off a .308 hitting percentage and finished second on the team with 11 kills. Eileen Shi (San Francisco, Calif.) managed to score 12 put-downs, but hit just .088 on the night.
Rachel Maslach (Berlin Center, Ohio) led the team with 17 assists, while Czapiewska led the Beacons in service aces with five. As a team UMB struggled to keep their serves inbounds as they were charged with 12 service errors, to their 11 service aces. Macayla Chianco (Clearwater, Fla.) led the way for the Beacons defense with her 21 digs. Czapiewska completed her team-leading night with seven block assists, while Maslach finished with a career-high five block assists.
BY THE NUMBERS
- All-time UMass Boston improves to 17-24 against Rhode Island College.
- The Beacons have now won 15 straight over RIC dating back to the 2007 season
- The Anchorwomen earned their first win over the Beacons since the 2008 season, when they were handed a 3-1 loss
- Rhode Island College combined for 11 service errors, and had 31 attack errors
- Courtney Lambrese led the match with 17 kills and hit .293 for RIC
The Beacons will host WPI on Thursday at 7 p.m. in a non-conference match.