BOSTON, Mass. – After playing two of their worst sets of volleyball this season, the Beacons rallied to win the final three as they earned a huge come-from-behind Little East Conference win over Rhode Island College Tuesday evening at Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium on senior day.
UMass Boston 3, Rhode Island College 2
UMass Boston (14-8, 5-1 Little East Conference)
Rhode Island College (12-10, 3-2 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
UMass Boston's backs were up against the wall following a 25-19 loss in the first set and a 25-22 loss in the second. The Beacons failed to hit over .067 in the two sets, which allowed the Anchorwomen to take the early advantage. However, UMB did not go down quietly as the came battling back in the third to earn a 25-21 win, behind a combined 12 kills, and 14 digs.
In the fourth the Beacons recorded their best offensive set of the net as they hit .286 to earn the 25-17 win, forcing the fifth and deciding frame. The final set was a back-and-forth battle as neither team was able to easily take the victory. UMB thought they had the match in hand as they jumped out to a late 13-10 lead. However, the Anchorwomen managed to come back to make it a one-point match forcing UMB to call their final timeout.
Marcelle Tiscareno (El Paso, Texas) put the Beacons within one of the huge conference victory. On the match deciding point, RIC nearly grabbed their 13th point, but were denied by a diving Macayla Chianco. The senior libero managed to get her hand between the floor and the ball keeping the rally alive. The ball would take a huge bounce off Chianco's hand and arced back over the net onto RIC's side of the floor, where it would land uncontested to give UMB the match-winning point.
Eileen Shi (San Francisco, Calif.) recorded a match-high 21 kills in her final regular season win in the Clark Gymnasium. Emilia Czapiewska (Saint Paul, Minn.) finished second on the team with 15 kills but did recorded a match-high .216 hitting percentage.
Setter Christina Elliott (Camas, Wash.) also had an impressive senior day match as she recorded 40 assists to go along with three kills and 10 digs. The double-double marked the first of Elliott's career. Rachel Maslach (Berlin Center, Ohio) put down six kills and had one solo block. Chianco led the way for the Beacons with 28 digs and had 32 service receptions.
For the Anchorwomen, Jillian Ward was the only player for RIC to finish with 10 or more kills as the hitter registered 15 put downs. Marisa Brynes recorded a match-high 36 digs, as she was one of three players for RIC to record 11 or more digs in the loss. Jacqueline Jutras finished with 24 assists and had one of the team's seven aces.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Tuesday's match marked the final regular season home contest for Shi, Chianco, Elliott, Maslach and Ariana Casingal (Melbourne, Fla.)
- On the night the Beacons hit .127 in the win, while the Anchorwomen finished hit .064
- Tuesday's win marked the 17th all-time for the Beacons over RIC
- UMB has now won 15-straight over the Anchorwomen, with Tuesday's five-sets marking the first since the Beacons win on October 27, 2007
- With the win UMass Boston is now in a three-way tie for first place in the conference standings along with Keene State College and Eastern Connecticut State University
The Beacons will travel to Keene State College on Saturday for a 1 p.m. conference match.