MEDFORD, Mass. – With a combined .319 hitting percentage Tufts University ended volleyball's six-game win-streak as they handed the Beacons a 3-0 non-conference loss Tuesday evening at Cousens Gymnasium.
UMass Boston 0, Tufts University 3
UMass Boston (6-7)
Tufts University (8-4)
HOW IT HAPPENED
In all three sets UMass Boston controlled the early momentum, but were unable to put away their crosstown rivals. In the opening set, UMB maintained a solid lead as they sat just seven points (18-15) away from what would have been a huge win. Unfortunately, the Jumbos would rattle-off eight points before UMB was able to respond with one to make it 23-19 Tufts. The Jumbos would then score back-to-back points to take the opening frame.
The second set, once again saw UMass come out firing, but that flame was quickly extinguished as Tufts would once again go on a huge run and would take a 25-17 win. In the deciding set, UMB saw their slim one point lead (10-9) dissolve as the Jumbos secured the victory with a 25-14 decision.
Eileen Shi (San Francisco, Calif.) was the lone Beacon to finish double-figures as she the junior recorded 12 kills. Rachel Maslach (Berlin Center, Ohio) led the team with a .444 hitting percentage and had nine kills to go along with 13 assists. Christina Elliott (Camas, Wash.) finished with a match-high 18 assists.
Macayla Chianco (Clearwater, Fla.) put-up 17 digs, while Shi finished second on the team with 10 digs. Sarah Doyle (Glendale, Calif.) had two of the team's four block assists, while Emilia Czapiewska (Saint Paul, Minn.) registered the team's only solo block.
BY THE NUMBERS
- All-time Tufts University leads the series with the Beacons 8-6 and have won two straight
- The Beacons 3-0 loss to the Jumbos marked their first since the 2010 season
- Czapiewska also led the Beacons in service receptions with 24
- UMB was charged with a season-low four service errors and had one ace
- Freshman Casey Shea (Canton, Mass.) earned her first collegiate start in Tuesday's match
The Beacons will travel to Endicott College on Thursday for a 6 p.m. non-conference match.