WALTHAM, Mass. – Another total team effort proved to be the deciding factor as volleyball recorded their third straight victory, this time defeating Brandeis University by the final of 3-1 Wednesday evening at Auerbach Arena.
UMass Boston 3, Brandeis University 1
UMass Boston (3-6)
Brandeis University (4-3)
HOW IT HAPPENED
UMass Boston jumped out to an early 1-0 lead thanks to a dominating performance as they earned a 25-14 victory in the opening frame. The host Judges bounced back with a 25-22 in the second set to even the score at 1-1. From there, UMB would bounce back with a 25-22 win in the third set, before clinching the victory in the fourth with a one-sided 25-14 win.
Leading the charge for the Beacons was Eileen Shi (San Francisco, Calif.) with another impressive double-double of 12 kills and 19 digs. Sophomore Ariana Casingal (Melbourne, Fla.) had a career night for the Beacons as she threw down seven kills and finished with a career-high .600 hitting percentage.
Setter Rachel Maslach (Berlin Center, Ohio) put-up 20 digs, while also posting nine kills and a .444 hitting percentage. As a team, the Beacons hit .250, while their defense limited the Judges to .054 clip.
Macayla Chianco (Clearwater, Fla.) put-up 23 digs to lead the match, while Emilia Czapiewska (Saint Paul, Minn.) recorded her first career double-digit performance as she registered 11 digs in the win. Sophomore middle Sarah Doyle (Glendale, Calif.) was dominant at the net with six block assists and one solo stop. She also had five kills to her line as well.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston has now won five straight over Brandeis dating back to the 2010 season
- Wednesday's match marked the first time that the Brandeis had taken a set from the Beacons since the 2010 season
- Shi's double-double marked the third of the year for the junior All-American
- Wednesday's win marked the third of the year for the Beacons on the campus of Brandeis University; UMB defeated RIT and Anna Maria College on September 9 in Waltham
The Beacons will travel to Rhode Island College on Friday for a 6 p.m. conference match