BOSTON, Mass.—UMass Boston volleyball played one of their most complete matches of the season to earn a 3-0 sweep over conference rival Plymouth State University Wednesday night at the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.
UMass Boston 3, Plymouth State 0
(UMass Boston 8-11, Little East 4-0)
(Plymouth State 14-8, Little East 2-2)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After Plymouth State crept back into the first set and nearly forced extra points (25-23), UMass Boston held the Panthers to just 15 points in each of the final two sets to cruise to the 3-0 sweep. Wednesday night's matchup was a rematch of the 2016 Little East Conference Championship, in which the Beacons defeated the Panthers 3-0.
The Beacons took control of the match in the second set, when they held Plymouth State to a -.147 hitting percentage. The Panthers improved to .125 in the third set, but UMass Boston recorded a match-high .333 hitting percentage.
Junior Eileen Shi (San Francisco, Calif.) led all players with eight kills and added five digs, two aces and a solo blocks. Emilia Czepiewska (Saint Paul, Minn.) tacked on seven kills, while Sarah Doyle (Glendale, Calif.) chipped in with six kills and three blocks.
Rachel Maslach (Berlin Center, Ohio) led the Beacons with 16 assists and a .444 hitting percentage, while Alex Gibbs (Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas) registered five kills and seven digs. Macayla Chianco (Clearwater, Fla.) paced the team with 15 digs in the win.
For Plymouth State, senior Claire Sporer paced the team with seven kills but was limited to a -.031 hitting percentage. Fellow seniors Megan Bailey (20 assists and two aces) and Brenna Peruch (18 digs) also enjoyed strong matches.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston hit .186 for the match and held the Panthers to a .000 hitting percentage. The Beacons have held each of their last two Little East Conference opponents to a hitting percentage at or below .000.
- The Beacons posted eight blocks, including six solo blocks, after recording just one block on Friday against Wellesley College.
- With the win, UMass Boston improved to 12-13 all-time against the Panthers and earned their sixth-straight win against PSU.
UMass Boston will travel to Roger Williams University on Friday night at 5 p.m. for a non-conference matchup.