WILLIMANTIC, Conn. -- Sarah Doyle (Glendale, Calif.) had 13 kills with a .600 attack percentage to power volleyball to its 19th consecutive Little East Conference regular-season victory with a sweep of Eastern Connecticut State University Friday night at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.
UMass Boston 3, Eastern Connecticut State University 0
UMass Boston (10-14, 6-0 Little East Conference)
Eastern Connecticut State (15-7, 3-2 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
With the win, UMB clinches at least a tie for the regular-season title and can clinch the title outright if Keene State College loses Saturday against Rhode Island College. The Beacons visit the University of Southern Maine in their LEC regular-season finale Tuesday.
The last Little East team to beat UMB in the regular season, Eastern had a seven-match winning streak ended.
UMass was never challenged in taking the first two sets – with the first-set win ending a streak of 17 straight set victories for Eastern – before Eastern contended in the final set. The Warriors led 22-20 on kills by Lauren Notholt and Alaetra Long before UMB rallied back for the final five points. Kills from Rachel Maslach (Berlin Center, Ohio) and a service ace from Sidnee Berch (Boca Raton, Fla.) pulled the Beacons even, and Eastern's attack error gave UMB the lead for good.
Alex Gibbs (Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas) followed Doyle with 11 kills, Emilia Czapiewska (Saint Paul, Minn.) and Eileen Shi (San Francisco, Calif.) adding nine each. Maslach led the Beacons with 32 assists and Gibbs and Macayla Chianco (Clearwater, Fla.) combined for just one reception error on 43 receptions. Chianco, the libero, led all players with 21 digs, and Maslach and Doyle each had four block assists.
BY THE NUMBERES
- With the win the Beacons are now 11-13 all-time against the Warriors
- UMass Boston has now won 11 of their last 12 meetings against ECSU
- The Beacons are now 4-5 all-time on the Warriors home floor
- With at-least a share of the regular season title, UMass Boston has now won nine-consecutive regular season titles in the Little East
The Beacons will travel to the University of Southern Maine on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. conference match.