BOSTON, Mass. – In their final home match of the 2017 regular season, volleyball remain undefeated in Little East Conference play as they knocked-off previously undefeated Keene State College with a 3-1 win Wednesday evening in the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.
UMass Boston 3, Keene State College 1
UMass Boston (9-14, 5-0 Little East Conference)
Keene State College (19-4, 4-1 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
On senior day, the Beacons came one win closer from securing their ninth straight regular season title and the top-seed in the 2017 Little East Conference Tournament. The Beacons owned the first set and cruised to a 25-19 win. In the second frame, the Owls would sneak past UMB as they earned a 29-27 win. UMB bounced back in the third with a close 25-21 victory, before cruising to 25-16 win in the fourth and final set.
The Beacons offense was solid for most of the night, as they hit over .324 in the first and final sets. UMass Boston managed to overcome a .029 hitting percentage in the third frame, to earn the win, as they held the Owls to a -.188 mark.
Seniors Alex Gibbs (Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas) and Macayla Chianco (Clearwater, Fla.) played a key role in the crucial Little East victory. Gibbs finished second on the team with 10 kills, and hit .214 for the match. Chianco collected a match-high 21 digs and had six assists, and one ace.
Eileen Shi (San Francisco, Calif.) was dominant for the Beacons as she fired-off 22 kills, while also hitting a match-high .293. The junior All-American also had 12 digs and dropped in four aces. Rachel Maslach (Berlin Center, Ohio) notched 23 assists, while Carsen Komminsk came-up with a career-best 20 helpers.
Sarah Doyle (Glendale, Calif.) continued her dominance at the net, as the conference leader in blocks notched four solo blocks. Ariana Casingal (Melbourne, Fla.) finished with a pair of solo blocks, and one block assist for UMB.
For the Owls, Rachel Lamica was the only player to finish in double-figures in kills as she notched 16. Bailey Wilson tallied 30 assists, and Riley Bunker came-up with 21 digs.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston is now 16-12 all-time against Keene State College
- The Beacons extended their win-streak over the Owls to 14 straight dating back to the 2009 season
- All-time UMass Boston is now 8-2 on their home floor against the Owls
- Shi has now recorded 10 or more kills in every match but one this season, with her 22 kills now standing as a season-best
- Shi now stands with a team-leading 10 double-doubles this season
- With Wednesday's win, Doyle leads the LEC with 0.86 blocks per set, while Chianco is the conference's top libero with her 5.01 digs per set
The Beacons will travel to Eastern Connecticut State University on Friday for a 7 p.m. conference match.