BOSTON, Mass. – Led by Eileen Shi's (San Francisco, Calif.) match-high 11 kills volleyball improved to 3-0 in Little East Conference play as they defeated UMass Dartmouth by the final of 3-0 Tuesday evening at the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.
UMass Boston 3, UMass Dartmouth 0
UMass Boston (7-10, 3-0 Little East Conference)
UMass Dartmouth (7-7, 0-3 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After crushing their intra-state rivals in the first set 25-6, the visiting Corsairs made things interesting in the final two frames. In the second set, UMass Dartmouth held a slim lead over the Beacons but failed to put away UMB as they were handed a 25-19 loss. Things got even more interesting in the third set as the Corsairs held as much as a four-point lead heading into the later part of the set. However, a late push by the Beacons cemented their 25-22 victory and the 3-0 shutout.
In the conference win, Shi hit an impressive .429 as she scored her 11 kills on 21 attempts. Rachel Maslach (Berlin Center, Ohio) continued her strong play finished with eight kills, 17 assists, and three digs. Carsen Komminsk (Westerville, Ohio) dropped in seven assists as well, while Macayla Chianco (Clearwater, Fla.) led the team with 12 digs.
Shi was also solid in the back row with Chianco as the junior All-American tallied 10 digs to cap-off her night. Sarah Doyle (Glendale, Calif.) finished with three of the team's five solo blocks and had one block assist.
For the Corsairs, Amanda LaCroix notched eight of the team's 20 kills. The Corsairs were held to just one put-down in the first set and hit -.286 in the one-sided loss to their longtime rivals. Riley Thomas finished with 17 assists, and Nicole Silverman tallied seven digs.
BY THE NUMBERS
- As a team, the Beacons hit .350 in the victory, while the Corsairs managed to hit just -.022
- UMass Boston has now won 11-straight over the Corsairs, including five in the Clark Gymnasium
- Shi now sits 138 kills away from joining the 1,000 kills club
- Through all three sets, UMass Boston hit .312 or better
- Doyle finished with seven kills and had a .312 hitting percentage
The Beacons will host Wellesley College on Friday at 6 p.m.