BOSTON, Mass. – Led by Isabel Sessions 18 points and a 12-2 run in the fifth set, volleyball suffered their second 3-2 loss in less than 24 hours as they fell to Middlebury College in their tri-match finale Saturday afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.
UMass Boston 2, Middlebury College 3
UMass Boston (13-3)
Middlebury College (10-3)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After falling 25-22 in the first set, the Beacons came storming back in the second and third sets as they earned 25-17 and 25-15 wins. Looking to close out their non-conference opponents in the fourth set, the Beacons once again struggled late in the frame, which allowed the Pantheres to take a 25-19 decision. In the fifth and final frame of the match, the Beacons came out firing as they led Middlebury 7-3 early on. However from there Chellsa Ferdinand and Sessions dominated the Beacons both from the end line and at the net, as the Panthers blew right past UMB to earn the 15-9 win.
Ferdinand ended the contest with 14 assists and had four aces and 12 digs. Melanie English led the match with an impressive .778 hitting percentage as she scored seven kills on nine attempts. Emily Kolodka collected 22 digs after taking over as the Panthers libero in the second set.
For the Beacons Julia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) threw down 15 kills and hit .289 in the tough loss. Pepper Baker (Tallahassee, Fla.) finished with 23 assist and four aces. Elizabeth Glavan (Edina, Minn.) put-up 35 digs but failed to score an ace in 21 serve attempts. Eileen Shi (San Francisco, Calif.) and Colleen Koen (Centerville, Mass.) combined for 26 kills respectively.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Saturday's match marked the fifth meeting between UMass and Middlebury, and the first loss for the Beacons
- The Beacons hit just .169 in the loss, their second lowest hitting percentage since their season opener
- Murphy now sits with third all-time in career kills with 1,082 and is now just 15 total blocks away from tying the program record of 376 set by Shannon Thompson '13
The Beacons will travel to UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. conference match.